Day trip to Almeria

Farm, Rodalquilar, Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata

Herd of goats in front of urbanisation, Las Negras, Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata.

My trip to the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata yesterday was to make contacts regarding property to rent. It was 15 years since my last brief visit and 20 since I regularly went there but everybody seemed to recognise me. I was even told by a strapping young lad running a bar that he was a toddler when he last saw me. I was pleased when the locals in the villages of Las Negras and Las Hortichuelas told me I had not changed.  Most of them have. The 15 years have not been kind to their waistlines.

La Isleta del Moro, Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata

The beach at Las Negras, Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata

Here are some photos. The arid landscape is very different from the vega of Granada. The light and colours are very intense and the architecture, with the white, flat-roofed houses reminiscent of Morrocco.

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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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