El Valle de Rodalquilar

El Valle

El Valle

Yesterday afternoon we decided to walk around El Valle de Rodalquilar.
Old cortijo

Old cortijo

We set off down a track near the hotel and past an interesting example of a very old Spanish farmhouse.
The noria

The noria

In the grounds is an old noria- waterwheel- which would have drawn up water for the fields, using mules to power it.
Old olive trees

Old olive trees

Further along, we walked through a grove of ancient olive trees which had been heavily pruned and with new growth sprouting from the tops of the gnarled, twisted trunks.
The coast

The coast

Instead of retracing our steps, we took a path towards the coast hoping for a circular walk and soon arrived above the sea.
Olive trees and bee hives

Olive trees and bee hives

The path petered out, but we scrambled up a hillside and down through another olive grove with bee hives, eventually finding another track back to our car.
Mountains in the afternoon light

Mountains in the afternoon light

All along the walk there were beautiful views of the mountains in the afternoon light.

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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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One Response to El Valle de Rodalquilar

  1. Angela Bell says:

    Lovely to see it so green,I once walked to La Polacra with Steve and Tim who was with us and we walked down inealy evening,found broomrape and saw a fox.

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