New Year’s Day

Playa Media Luna

A bracing walk is always a good idea in the morning of New Year’s Day. We parked at Monsul beach and walked towards the Faro of Cabo de Gata. In the sunshine it was 22C so it did not turn out to be bracing after all, but the winter sunshine was very pleasant.

Cala Carbón

We walked through the beaches of  Playa Media Luna and Cala Carbón, seeing hardly a soul, and up the track towards the lighthouse.

Coastal scenery

The coastal scenery was spectacular. The land bordering the beaches was colourful with lavender and thyme and by the car park there was a carpet of white flowers, similar to colchicums, and endemic to Almeria.


Another curious endemic plant, the cornicabra (goat’s horn) grows in abundance here and, at this time of year, displays its rather striking fruits from which the plant gets its name.

More walkers

On the way back we encountered more people enjoying the glorious weather.

El Faro de Cabo de Gata


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 New Year’s Day

  1. June says:

    Happy New Year to you both…..lovely photos………things are almost back to normal here…….the family have returned to theUK. Some of the Northern Territory have returned, Monica, Carly & Joel return next week.

    We decided that for the Christmas of 2013, we’ll all meet up somewhere like Thailand. That way it won’t be so far for Jaes & family to travel………..take care…………love…………..June

  2. Angela Bell says:

    Lovely to see the beautiful ,wild country is still there!

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