Nijar – Elm Trees & Cats

The Town Hall with Elm tree by the door

The Town Hall with Elm tree by the door

Elm trees have all but disappeared in Northern Europe but in the little town of Nijar, Almeria, there are some lovely old elms. They have been pollarded regularly and this seems to have enabled them to resist Dutch elm disease. In the square by the Church and Town Hall there are two fine examples.

Elm tree by the fuente

A little further on, in another square, Plaza de Mercado, there are more elms. I think the photo of this one by the fuente tells a story.

Cats and cacti

Walking along the narrow streets of the old town, you will come across plenty of cats.

Food on the doorstep

They seem well looked after and we noticed that food was put out for them outside some of the front doors.

Girl with kitten

Little girls liked to play with the kittens.

Outside number 8

Some of the cats were co-operative in posing so I managed to get some appealing photos.

Pretty kitten

I think they are evocative of the town.

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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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