Three Cortijos

Cortijo de Montano

Another beautiful day. The weather has been just the same as yesterday but this morning we opted for a rural walk.

The fields at Cortijo del Fraile

We parked at Cortijo de Montano and walked a circular route through Cortijo del Fraile and Cortijo del Hornilla along the country paths.

Field of celery with La Ermita del Fraile behind

At Cortijo del Fraile, men were busy harvesting iceberg lettuce. Other crops included fennel, parsley, brocolli and celery.

Ensalada mixta

In one field there were rows of different coloured salad plants which we presumed were destined for those fancy packs of salad you see on the supermarket shelves.

Asnos Andaluces

We continued to Cortijo del Hornilla where we spotted a pair of Asnos Andaluces in the corral. This rare breed of donkey is considered to be the oldest in Europe (3,000 years).

First almond blossom

Returning to Cortijo de Montano we saw an old almond tree in blossom, the first of this winter. It must be an early flowering variety.

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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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