Olive Harvest

Olive Harvest

Digby walked up to the top of our hill this morning hoping to find the owner of the land where the Mitsubishi crashed. He came across him and a group of workers harvesting the olives. As you can see from the photo, branch vibrators are used to shake the olives off the trees onto nets laid around the trunks. On hilly ground stakes are used to raise the bottom of the nets to prevent the olives rolling away.  Antonio, the owner of the land, stopped work and kindly offered to extract the Mitsubishi from the gully with his tractor. Unfortunately the ground was too muddy. He will try again when the ground is drier and in the meantime Digby will need to dig away some of the earth behind the wheels of the car.

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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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