Jueves Santo

Fishy boat

Fishy boat

Today, Jueves Santo, is the first public holiday of Semana Santa, Holy Week and holidaymakers were out in the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. Walking past Restaurant Las Barcas in Las Negras this morning we saw this tempting boat of fish and seafood waiting for the lunchtime diners.
Wood and meta in the castle

Wood and meta in the castle

We went on to Los Escullos to see an exhibition of sculptures in metal and wood by Ulli Bitz and Hans Bömer in the castle.
Sunflowers by Ulli Butz

Sunflowers by Ulli Butz

Ulli had only brought his his metal flowers along but they looked dramatic against the blue sky.
Cove beneath the castle, Los Escullos

Cove beneath the castle, Los Escullos

In a sheltered cove below the castle people were making the most of the spring sunshine.
The square in Rodalquilar

The square in Rodalquilar

On the way back home we stopped in the square at Rodalquilar for a glass of wine and tapas at Samambaia.
Flamenco in Las Negras

Flamenco in Las Negras

Back in Las Negras this evening a flamenco trio were performing outside La Bodeguiya, guitarist Pablo Escudero, singer Samuel Ballester and dancer Maite Beltran.

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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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