Around Rodalquilar

Hotel NaturalezaThis morning we called at the Hotel Naturaleza near Rodalquilar to have a look at the Iberia Bird Festival which is being held there this weekend.

Corner of the exhibition

We discovered that various events were taking place, such as lectures, educational games for children, excursions advertised, and understood that live music was on later, but we spent most of our time in an exhibition hall were there stalls of interest to naturalists, ornithologists and tourists.

Laroya stand

It inspired us to do more exploration of Almeria this autumn and winter. For example, we had never heard of this village, Laroya in the Sierra de los Filabres in the north of the Province.

Farm buildings

Afterwards, as it was close by, we walked around the farm which I briefly visited yesterday evening. It is very rustic and ramshackle but is still a working farm.

Old tractor

Around the back of the building is an assortment of farm machinery including this Massey Ferguson tractor which is still in daily use.

Fields of maize

At the back are small fields of maize which add dazzling patches of green to the barren landscape.

Old noria

These are irrigated from a water deposit where there is an impressive old noria (waterwheel).

Botanical Gardens, Rodalquilar

Finally we went on to look at the botanical gardens in Rodalquilar.

Sea daffodils

We noted some pretty white sea daffodils, a summer flowering plant.

Salsola webbii

Also interesting was this shrub. The notice indicated that if eaten it caused intoxication in goats and would kill rabbits.

A pleasant morning was rounded off with a tapas lunch in Samambaia. I have posted more photos on


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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