El Valle de Rodalquilar

The castle near the beach

This afternoon we escaped to El Playazo de Rodalquilar as we were trapped at home all day yesterday. We were having a gas boiler, which works in conjunction with our solar heated water tank, installed in the kitchen and, at the same time, the technicians finally came to fit our satellite internet system. At last we are no longer cut off from the world.

Towards the sea

Although it has been a pleasant, sunny day today, the beach was deserted except for a few other dog walkers. Digby braved the sea for a swim but said that the water was getting colder.

Clouds building inland

I collected shells and the dogs had splendid fun exploring the beach and investigating interesting smells, but what inspired us most was the extraordinarily beautiful quality of the light striking the valley when we returned.

Goats in the landscape

Clouds were building up inland but El Valle de Rodalquilar was bathed in late afternoon sunshine. Digby took these dramatic photos.

Path from the beach

If you click on the photos they will enlarge.


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 El Valle de Rodalquilar

  1. Angela Bell says:

    Beautiful scenery ,so empty and wild.By empty I mean no humans and their stuff! Hope the new boiler works ok .

  2. John Todaro says:

    I’ve enjoyed scrolling through many of your beautiful images of the Spanish landscape–for me, often evoking arid and grassland areas of North America. You live in a beautiful place! Thanks for sharing!

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