The Move

The lane to our new home from just outside our gate

On Thursday we moved from one country house in Spain to another. Two 3-ton vans with furniture, 3 dogs, 3 cats, 6 chickens and ourselves made the 250km trip from the Vega de Granada to the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata in Almeria. The weather was fine and the move went without incident but it was hard work. Fortunately, all the animals did not suffer any trauma and have settled in well. On Friday, storms hit Spain and the drought of summer was briefly broken so we spent most of the day arranging the interior of our new home.Saturday was sunny, but fresh and breezy and we made good progress arranging the outside terrace and planting out the shrubs we had brought over.

Las Salinas de Cabo de Gata

It was time to take a break on Sunday so we went for a drive in the morning. After exploring the coast (more about this in future blogs) we went to the famous salinas (salt flats) of Cabo De Gata to observe the flamingos and other wading birds. Margaret is going to write a nature blog for the Cabo de Gata so she will describe this in greater detail.

El Playazo de Rodalquilar

On the way back we stopped off at our nearest beach, El Playazo de Rodalquilar, and had our first swim in the sea for many years. Being Sunday, this wide, sandy beach was quite crowded but like most beaches of the Cabo e Gata there is not a single building beside it.and it made a very colourful scene with the bright sunshades and deep blues of the sea and sky.

Sunset from our house

From our new house we have been able to enjoy stunning sunsets which are followed by black, starry nights. We have no internet access yet but the little bar in the nearby hamlet of Las Hortichuelas has Wifi. If you click on the photos they will enlarge

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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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2 Responses to The Move

  1. Angela Bell says:

    Digby you are making me homesick for the cabo! hope you are settling in well.All the best Angela

  2. June says:

    Well done! I’m sure you are glad to have got the move out of the way; now to settle in………wishing you both every happiness in your new abode………….love…June

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