Playa de Barronal – April

Playa del Barronal

Yesterday we had the strongest winds so far this year as a howling gale raged in from the west and, although we had a sunny afternoon, it was not a day to be outside. Today the wind has dropped and, desperate to get out again in some warm sunshine, we headed for the coast past San Jose.

The path to the beach

We parked on the coastal track and walked along the path down to Playa del  Barronal.

Intense colours

The intense yellow of the genistas and glossy green of the agaves contrasted vividly with the deep blue sky.

The beach

The beach was quiet, although a few walkers were tramping along the coastal route. Some naturiists were sunbathing beneath the cliffs and the odd brave soul splashed in the sea.

Another view of the beach

It was very pleasant to relax for a while feeling the warm sunshine and listening to the sounds of the waves breaking against the shore.


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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