Cortijo de Montana – Rambla del Granaillo

Flock of sheep and goats at Cortijo de Montana

Outside the cortijo

We turned up at Cortijo de Montana this afternoon to take a walk and found a flock of sheep and goats scattered over the land and ruins.

The shepherd and his dog

After a brief chat with the shepherd who was sitting with his dog in front of the buildings,

The lane from Montana to Fraile

we set off along the track towards Cortijo del Fraile.

The view to the coast

Instead of continuing along the usual path, we broke off to explore a track to the left which led us up to a ridge from which there are beautiful views down to the coast.

Looking back towards Las Hortichuelas

We noticed that the path continued down the ridge to the Rambla del Granaillo from which you can walk back up to Las Hortichuelas or down towards the coast at El Playazo – more walks for the future.

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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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