A change in the weather

El Playazo with clouds looming

El Playazo with clouds looming

The fine weather has deserted us during second half of this week. Although the sun has come out every day, the temperature has been much cooler and it has been cloudier. During one night we even had rain. In this photo of El Playazo, taken on Thursday, the beach was bathed in sunshine but the clouds were menacing.
Palms above La Isleta

Palms above La Isleta

On Friday, we walked through the palm groves near La Isleta and down to Cala de Los Toros.
La Isleta

La Isleta

It was bright and breezy and the views of the coast were dramatic.
Cala de Los Torros

Cala de Los Torros

Down at Los Toros, the sea was rough and the little beach deserted, but we found a sheltered corner for our picnic lunch.
Playa Monsul

Playa Monsul

Yesterday, we walked from Playa Monsul to Playa Media Luna, back to Monsul, then over the cliffs to the first of the Calas de Barronal.
Walkers at Monsul

Walkers at Monsul

The sun made an effort to come out and there were blue skies above us but a blanket of cloud covered the sea. The cooler weather was perfect for walking, though.
Cliffs at Barronal

Cliffs at Barronal

The rock formations and geology at the first Calas de Barronal are fascinating.
Cala del Barronal

Cala del Barronal

This was the first time we have walked to this beach. The access is hidden and quite tricky but we will return there as it must be idyllic on a hot, sunny day.
Cortijo de la Rellana

Cortijo de la Rellana

Today has been the worst day of the week with persistent cloud. We decided to try an inland walk. We parked on the coast road before La Isleta and walked up the Barranco del Negro. It was a steep and difficult climb which led us up to over 400 metres to where there is an abandoned farm, Cortijo de la Rellana. I did not take my heavy DSLR camera but took a couple of photos with a little compact camera.
The view from Cortijo de la Rellana

The view from Cortijo de la Rellana

It took us an hour and half but the views were quite spectacular, despite the poor weather. It must be a lovely walk in the spring when the wild flowers are out and the countryside green and fresh.

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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 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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