Days before Christmas

Volcanic rocks on the foreshore of El Playazo

Volcanic rocks on the foreshore of El Playazo

For followers of this blog, these are familiar scenes but we feel that we should record such a beautiful day, particularly as it is the 22nd December. The temperature reached 23C, the sky has been cloudless and there has not been a breath of wind.

Margaret and the dogs on El Playazo

Margaret and the dogs on El Playazo

We took the dogs for a walk along the Playazo de Rodalquilar and we were the only people on the beach.

Calm and clear sea

Calm and clear sea

We continued our walk to the beach below the castle where Digby went for a swim in the crystal clear water, although he did declare that it was quite cold.

Las Negras

Just a few visitors in Las Negras

Afterwards, we went to Las Negras which was practically deserted. In the last few weeks there have been very few people visiting the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. We cannot understand this as the weather has been excellent, the landscape is spectacular and the temperatures perfect for walking and exploring.

Poinsettias, palms and agave - Las Negras at Christmas

Poinsettias, palms and agave – Las Negras at Christmas

In Las Negras, poinsettias (flor de Pascual) have been planted in the flower beds as an acknowledgement of Christmas. The Spanish believe that this plant, which attains its characteristic deep red in December, brings good luck into the home.

Meditaing in the Plaza Nueva

Meditaing in the Plaza Nueva

A couple of photos from Granada yesterday. In the Plaza Nueva meditators were preparing for the end of the world.

Living statue

Living statue

This living statue outside a bank is one of the best I have seen in the city. He must have taken hours to prepare.

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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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