August Holiday Weekend

Reflections in the lake

Blanquita follows me into the water

Yesterday was the 75th anniversary of the death of the Granada poet Federico Garcia Lorca. There was a full moon last night. Lorca wrote often about the moonlight over his beloved Vega de Granada. The weekend was also the best time for observing the Perseid (Tears of San Lorenzo) meteor showers. Normally, many Granadiños go up to the Sierra Nevada to get the clearest view of these but the full moon would not have helped their observation.

Drowned tree

Little wading bird

Today is a public holiday in Spain and as it was another hot and sunny morning, we went to the Embalse de los Berrmejales for a swim. The calm water was like a sheet of turquoise glass and it was so pleasant swimming in the silky water with the sierras reflected in the still surface. As it is quiet there, with plenty of open space, we took the dogs. They enjoyed their outing but only Blanquita braved the water for a swim. Plenty of nature about too – red squirrels in the pine forests, carp swimming close to the surface of the lake and little wading birds on the shore line. I am having trouble identifying this little bird. It resembles a dunlin, but it is not the time of year for spotting these winter visitors. Can anybody help?

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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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2 Responses to August Holiday Weekend

  1. Angela Bell says:

    Poor Lorca! Is your new place near to the Cortijo de los Frailes where the real Blood Wedding woman lived?

    • Our new place is in the campo between Fernan Perez and Las Hortichuelas. You can walk to Las Hortichuelas down a country track and from Las Hortichuelas another track leads to Cortijo de los Frailes. which is above Rodalquilar. I expect it is about a 2-3 hour walk. Love Margaret

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