Las Negras, 19 May

Las Negras from the cliffs

Las Negras from the cliffs

It has been an unsettled week here in Las Negras. Although there has been plenty of sunshine, strong northerly winds have been battering us, the fault of weather in the UK, according to the local forecasters, and temperatures have been unseasonably low at about 18C.
Along the beach

Along the beach

This morning, though, the wind dropped and we enjoyed our morning walk over the cliffs and along the beach.
Hoary stock

Hoary stock

There’s an interesting maritime flowering plant – hoary stock – growing along the shore. The conical clusters of pretty pink flowers are reminiscent of lilac blossom.
Artist at work and photos on display

Artist at work and photos on display

After taking the dogs home, we walked back to the village which was coming back to life at midday. A photographer was showing off his photos and a local artist was painting a watercolour beside the beach.
On the sea wall

On the sea wall

Sunbathers were taking advantage of the shelter provided by old cottages to take some rays on the wall by the beach or ….
Boats on the sand

Boats on the sand

…. stretch out between the boats on the sand.
Tapa at Malafama

Tapa at Malafama

There are several good tapas bars in Las Negras and today we tried Malafama. Here, we were given with our first drink a delightful tapa consisting of mushroom, vegetables and pine nuts topped with a creamy goats’ cheese. The second tapa was equally delicious and was a mixture of spicy chorizo and sultanas. It was accompanied by a dish of sliced tomatoes dressed with seasoning and olive oil.
Las barcas by the boats

Las barcas by the boats

Most serious diners, though, were as usual enjoying fresh fish at Cacho’s ‘Las Barcas’ restaurant where they have just constructed a new summer terrace on the beach below.

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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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