Goats at Dawn

Goats at dawn

As usual on summer mornings we were woken in the early hours by our dogs barking which announced that the goats were passing by.

The goatherd

The goatherd has taken to walking his flock over the estepa very early to avoid the heat of the day. Today he sat outside our house to repair a broken sandal. I lent him a pair of pliers so he could make repairs and remarked that he needed a new pair. “Falta dinero” he replied. This seems to apply to nearly everybody in Spain at the moment.

Charlie our JRT

Our old Jack Russell terrier, Charlie, enjoys these almost daily visits but it is not the goats he is interested but the bitches that accompany the herd and their master.

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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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One Response to Goats at Dawn

  1. jeune01 says:

    Lovely photos Margaret………..wouldn’t mind waking up to this one morning …….(not the goatherd ‘tho – no disrespect to him)……………love……June

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