An Alternative Lifestyle

Cortijada Bornos

Cortijada Bornos is an old farm with a windmill which is occupied by a commune of young Germans and one Spaniard. It is the nearest inhabited building to our home (about 2km away) on the estepa near Fernan Perez.

Horse, donkeys and poultry by the manger

The mill and old stone buildings provide accommodation for humans and there are various ramshackle outbuildings and corals for the animals.

Content goat

The commune tries to be self-sufficient and they all seem to be friendly and happy. They have goats, poultry, a horse and donkeys. Like us they rely on solar power for electricity (not a problem in Almeria) and have their own water supply.

Cortijada Bornos

These photos were taken this morning when we walked past there. 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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One Response to An Alternative Lifestyle

  1. June says:

    Lovely photos and Christmas card…………many thanks…………very best wishes again for Christmas and New Year…………love…………..June and Compton (Australia)

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