Los Aljibes del Parque

Abandoned farm - Cortijo de Montana

Wandering around the deserted countryside of the Parque Natural you will often come across a carefully restored aljibe (well) with a plaque nearby explaining its history. These aljibes were very important when the locals tried to eke an existence out of the barren countryside where water for their flocks and crops was essential.

Aljibe de Bornos near our home

We alighted on three this morning. The first aljibe is close to our house.

Aljibe on the right at Cortijo de Montana

We then found another one on a deserted old farm, Cortijo de Montana which we discovered off a track  from Las Hortichuelas.

Ermita del Fraile with Aljibe to the right

Finally, continuing down another track ,we arrived at Ermite del Fraile and alongside the ruins of the lovely church was another restored aljibe.

Sea Squill

The wild flowers in the photo are more examples of sea squill which are growing outside our house ( Urginium maritimum).

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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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