River and Poultry

El Gallo heads for the river

A black hen follows him

Our chickens are free range so are out all day wandering around the land forraging for worms and insects. They are a nuisance when they come on to the terrace and into the house if the door is open but on beautiful spring days like today they are happy scratching around in the underrgrowth. They like the river because the shade of the poplars is welcome in the heat and the rich undergrowth there harbours many insects and they have been known to catch frogs in the river.  The hens produce lovely brown eggs with rich yolks. El Gallo, the cockerel, can be quite feisty. This week he assaulted an officer of the Guardia Civil who came round with an enquiry regarding an absent neighbour. Fortunately I was able to chase him off before the officer had time to draw his gun! El Gallo has never been a problem with us though and, when we sell this place, we hope the new owners will take the poultry on as they are very content here.

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Down by the river

 

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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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