Maria’s Farm this morning

Maria's Farm

We called in at Maria’s Farm, Las Negras this morning.

Cactus corner

Not a soul about, but we strolled around this tranquil spot and took some photos of the vegetable plots, which seem to be doing well, and the cactus corner.

Reflections in the embalsa

It was very peaceful listening to the birds in the autumn sunshine.

Vegetable plots

The holiday cottages here were featured in an earlier post on this blog – https://countryhouseinspain.wordpress.com/2011/09/19/marias-farm/– A perfect spot for a peaceful holiday, just 10 minutes walk from the sea.

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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 Maria’s Farm this morning

  1. Paul Graham says:

    Great photos of Cabo de Gata, we have visit San Jose area for the past 2 years now and love the region. Whilst agreeing with your comments regarding the greenery around Cortijo del Fraile, in contrast to plasticultura elsewhere, I believe the land developer obtained that site, in part, to utilise the vast untapped resources of underground natural water. Once these have been exhausted, without replenishment, then the land will have served its purpose. And why was the developer not charged with the task of restoring Cortijo del Fraile, with all its history, to its former glory as part of the deal ?
    Keep up the good work with the photos.
    Paul

    • Hello Paul

      We are also worried about the water resources here. What we do not know is if there is any natural replenishment. There has been a lot of coverage in the local Spanish press regarding the restoration of Ermita del Fraile. The owners have been ordered to restore it.

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