Las Hortichuelas

Las Hortichuelas

Peppers out to dry

We first visited Las Hortichuelas, a little hamlet between our new home and the coast, 25 years ago. In those days, the only communication with the outside world from there was a coin box telephone in the village bar. Now it has WIFI and so Digby has to go there to use the internet every evening until the tecnico arrives to install a system in our house. The village has not grown and nothing much else has changed except that the once dusty village streets are now metalled and most of the houses look smarter, although many are still in a ruinous state.

A ruin in the village

A young man from a farm 3km down the track called round yesterday evening to collect the visiting donkeys. Apparently someone had left the gate of their paddock open and they had taken themselves off.

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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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