Three Cortijos and celebrations

Ruins of Cortijo del Montana

This morning we parked at Cortijo del Montana and made a circular walk around the countryside that took a little over two hours.

The lane to Cortijo del Hornillo

First, we took a lane through arid countryside to Cortijo del Hornillo.

Cortijo del Hornillo

This is a large cortijo that is partly in ruin and partly modernised and lived in. There appear to be riding stables here.

Cultivated land at Cortijo del Fraile

We then continued along a wider lane to the vast, cultivated lands of Cortijo del Fraile.

Ensalada Mixta

Here, various varieties of lettuce, onions, carrots and fennel are being grown on a large scale, but because it is within the Parque Natural there are no plastic greenhouses.

Ermita del Fraile

The old ruins of Ermita del Fraile stand out behind the green fields.

Olive groves at Cortijo del Montana

At the end of the cultivated area a track leads over the hills back to the olive groves in front of Cortijo del Montana.

16 October 1968

Sunday was our 43rd wedding anniversary (Digby had more hair then!) and yesterday we signed the completion of the sale of our cortijo in Loja at the Notary in Granada so it was a double cause for celebration.

Rather poor photo of wine and boats at night

Last night we enjoyed a paella on the terrace of Restaurante Los Barcos overlooking the fishing boats on the beach at Las Negras. This new fish restaurant is owned by Bernabe Fernandez 111 the grandson of the original “El Cacho” of Las Hortichuelas. His father and uncle own the Restaurant El Cacho, Supermercado El Cacho and Apartamentos El Cacho in Las Negras and his Aunt owns Bar Iluminada in Las Hortichuelas so he is carrying on the family tradition of enterprise.

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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 Three Cortijos and celebrations

  1. Angela Bell says:

    Congratulations,you both need medals as for the rest of us that fell by the wayside we were not made of such stuff!
    You both look sweet in the photo,tho Digby a bit triumphant!!

  2. June says:

    Dear Margaret and Digby………..lovely wedding photo…….many thanks and hearty congratulations on both your wedding anniversary and the finalisation of your property sale………hope all goes well from now on………..much love……………June

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