Walks at Villanueva de Mesia

Asparagus and Poplars

This morning we drove to the nearby village of Villanueva de Mesia as we thought that there would be some walks around the vega from there. Villanueva is set in the heart of the flat Vega de Granada beside the Rio Genil and is surrounded by fields of maize and asparagus and copses of poplars. We parked by the bridge over the Genil and strolled along the river.

Fishing beside the Genil

Fishermen were sitting patiently along the banks in the still of the early morning, hoping to catch some carp.

Cycling on the vega

We then followed a track through the fields and encountered other walkers and cyclists out in the comparative cool of the early morning sunshine. We will return to explore further as the countryside with its green fields and deciduous woods is most attractive. The poet Federico Garcia Lorca said that, as a child, he imagined that the wind sighing through the poplars on the vega was whispering his name.

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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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