A walk around the vega

Path through the vega of Huetor Tajar

Scarecrow

After a couple of rather damp days, today there are glimpses of sunshine and so we went for a walk around the vega of Huetor Tajar on one of the “Rutas Saludables” marked out by the Ayuntamiento. It was an interesting walk. The fertile plain changes so quickly from month to month and so there is always something different to look at. The asparagus is still being harvested, fields of barley and artichokes are well advanced, maize has just been planted and patches of lettuce and onions are everywhere.

Off to the romeria

Huetor Tajar Airfield

Here are some photos to illustrate the walk. The man and carriage were spotted coming out of his drive, the scarecrow guarding the lettuce is quite amusing and at the end of the walk we passed the Huetor Tajar airfield where enthusiasts were flying their model planes and helicopters. This weekend is the festival of the Cruz de Mayo and the beginning of a season of romerias. These “pilgrimages” are fiestas where, in this area, people traditionally arrive on horseback or in horse drawn carriages. Perhaps our farmer is off to one. If you check this blog from this time last year you will find reports and photos from these.

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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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