A day for the beach

The end of Las Negras beach early this morning

It seems like the first weekend of summer as temperatures have climbed to 30C. The dogs had to have an early walk before it got too hot and down at Las Negras the Mediterranean was a flat calm.

Kayaks at Cala del Cuervo early morning

At the next cove, Cala del Cuervo people were preparing to set off in their kayaks. A perfect day for paddling a canoe.

El Playazo de Rodalquilar

After taking the dogs home we went to El Playazo del Rodalquilar. The beach was busier than it has been all year but still uncrowded and, as usual on the beaches of the Cabo de Gata, the naked, the topless and the fully clothed mingled without embarrassment.

A place to relax

Here there is always a quiet spot to relax.

The creek at the end of the beach

There is a little creek at the end of the beach with clear waters and a sandy bottom. Ideal for diving into from the rocks.

About to take the plunge

This is a popular spot for swimming and ideal for taking the first plunge of the year.

Swimmers in the creek

I, Digby, enjoyed my first proper swim of the year.



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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