El Valle, December

El Valle de Rodalquilar

El Valle de Rodalquilar

This morning we walked through El Valle de Rodalquilar towards El Playazo. The light is very clear on beautiful winter days and the low sun casts long shadows.

Old fort and old olives

Old fort and old olives

We parked by the old 16th Century fort which was abandoned in favour of the larger one by the beach when it failed to repel attacks by Berber pirates.

Grove of palms on the way to the beach

Grove of palms on the way to the beach

We made our way to the beach, El Playazo, through groves of palm trees.

El Playazo beach

El Playazo beach

There were a few walkers about enjoying the pleasant weather but nobody went in the sea ….

Cove beneath the castle

Cove beneath the castle

…. until we reached the little cove beneath the larger fort, Bateria de San Ramon, where Digby bravely went for a swim.

Ruins and agace

Ruins and agaves

We walked back via a different path through scenery very typical of Almeria: –

Palm trees and mountains

Palm trees and mountains

– mountains, ruins, agaves, palms and olive trees.

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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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