Return to the Lake

Mare and Foal

We both went to the Embalse de Iznajar yesterday.The water was an intense turquoise blue and the only sound was the gentle lapping of the little waves breaking on the shore.It was very pleasant strolling along the shore as soft breeze off the lake cooled the scorching summer heat. We were tempted to go for a swim but what put us off was that there were no other bathers or any sign of people along the lake shore so we thought swimming may not be permitted. Later one of our neighbours told us that he had swum in the lake so it is OK.  The horses were still there.

Lake shore

Despite the summer drought the water levels in the reservoirs in Andalucia seem high. Here, a tree grows almost at the water’s edge and we noticed that the trunks of some tamarisk trees were under water which would indicate that normally the water level is much lower.

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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 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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