Dia de la Constitucíon

Las Negras this morning

Today, Dia de la Constitucíon, is a national holiday in Spain, and as the morning was so fine,  we decided to go out.  Firstly, we popped down to Las Negras  to distribute some little posters for my forthcoming exhibition, http://margaretmerrypaintings.wordpress.com, at Hotel Cala Grande, http://hotelescala.com.

Ermita de Torre Garcia

We then drove to the visitors’ centre for the Parque Natural near San Miguel de Cabo de Gata to put up a poster there, and while in the area we went to Torre Garcia beach which stretches from Retamar to San Miguel de Cabo de Gata. We parked near the Ermita which houses the Virgen del Mar on the two pilgrimages which are held here each year (first Sunday in January and June).

Playa de Torre Garcia

They were quite a few people about, taking advantage of the fine weather: cyclists were enjoying the long flat track behind the beach, anglers were stationed along the shore, and some people were just happy to sit down in the sunshine and read the paper.

Cyclists by the Charco

We thought we could drive along the track by the beach all the way to San Miguel but came to a dead end when we reached the Charco, a large pond inhabited by waterfowl.

Flowering grasses

Around the margins are attractive, flowering grasses which provide cover for a host of little warblers.

Hauling in a small boat

We had to turn back and go to San Miguel via the main road. There was quite a bit of activity on the beach: fishermen were either bringing in their boats or preparing to put out to sea. This is quite a tricky operation as the boats have to be hauled up or down the sand by means of ropes, wires and wooden blocks.

Fishing boats at San Miguel de Cabo de Gata

This part of the beach, where the boats are moored, is always a colourful sight.

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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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One Response to Dia de la Constitucíon

  1. callumphotos says:

    Photo of the “Flowering Grasses” is perfect !!You haven,t lost your touch.The area you have moved to is “heavenly”.

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