Little Houses for Little People

Cottages on a ridge

On a long, narrow ridge near our land stand several little cottages now in ruin. These buildings were once family homes before the migration to the the nearby towns and villages. Life must have been hard in the countryside, so when electricity, mains water and all facilities came to the rural villages it is no wonder the farming families sought out the comforts there.

A bedroom. Perkins our cat found it interesting too.

Living room

What is striking about these ruins is that the rooms are so small, the ceilings low and the furniture tiny. The Spanish are now growing taller but a couple of generations ago they were invariably short. The average shoe size for the women,with their tiny feet, was only 2.

Although the cottages are in decay they are an attractive sight, especially now when they are surrounded by wild flowers. They make excellent subjects for photography and painting.

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Seat beneath a window



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 pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. 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 portraiture and 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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