Las Hortichuelas in January

Palms outside the village

Midday I decided to go to Las Hortichuelas Altas in search of decent food as the village bar serves excellent tapas. Margaret is in England visiting relatives this weekend and my attempts at cooking over the last couple of days have not been brilliant.

Ruin, cacti and almond tree

First I went for a walk around the village to enjoy the countryside in the winter sunshine. Almond trees are coming into blossom and there is a freshness about the landscape hinting of the advent of spring.

Field of habas

Fields of habas (broad beans) are doing well. In Andalucia habas are very popular. they are so sweet that they can be eaten raw but also fried with ham (habas con jamon) or boiled.


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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3 Responses to Las Hortichuelas in January

  1. Angela Bell says:

    Looks lovely Digby,Margaret called i to see me at the library yesterday ,it was nice to show her around as we have a had a lottery grant and the library is really great now.I love the photos ypu post they are supurb.All the best Angela

  2. Hi Margaret,

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Please excuse me contacting you via a blog post comment. I see that you’re not actually that far away from me – have a look at my website I’m always looking to chat to people about potentially working together.

    Best wishes

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