What you are missing

Farm near Long Ashton, Bristol

Yesterday I returned after a very brief visit to the UK. I left Malaga in the pouring rain on Saturday. My flight to Bristol was delayed two and a half hours. The reason given was that the pilot of the incoming flight slipped on the snow at Bristol Airport injuring himself so another pilot had to be found. The weather in England never got above freezing and is unlikely to for a while. Yesterday morning my return flight from Bristol was delayed for one and a half hours. This time it was because there was a problem starting the planes engines and it had to be de-iced twice. At Malaga it was still pouring with rain and as I sit at my home near Loja today the rain continues. At least it is not cold but it is unusually wet for November.

Countryside near Long Ashton, Bristol

Wrap up warm

I ought to show people living in Spain what they are missing so on Sunday I braved the elements and took some photos of the snow. The other photo, to add a bit of colour, is of our seven year old granddaughter Izzy outside the Co-Op supermarket in Long Ashton on Sunday afternoon. Behind her is a giant poster of salad produce in one of the windows – Digby.

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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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