Autumn Fruits

Figs

As summer draws to its close the time for collecting fruit has begun. Our fig trees are so laden with fruit that we do not know what do do with them all. We have been eating them fresh, laying them out in the sun on our terrace to dry and preserving them in jars with syrup and brandy. Down by the river we have blackberry bushes. Figs and blackberries poached gently for about an hour in red wine and blackberry liqueur make a delicious dessert.

Blackberries

Grapes

We have two mature vines which clamber riotously oround a poplar tree. These have produced an abundance of little, sweet pink grapes. We have no idea as to the variety but we have harvested them and laid them out on our terrace in the sun for a few days. This is the usual proceedure prior to crushing and pressing the grapes for wine. We think we have enough to fill one small oak barrel which holds about 40 litres.

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About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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