San Pedro in Janurary

Cala de San Pedro and the castle

Cala de San Pedro and the castle

Today has been warm and sunny with temperatures above 20C so this morning we decided to make our first visit of the year to San Pedro.
Guardia Civil on patrol

Guardia Civil on patrol

Walking along the cliff path, we saw below us a Guardia Civil patrol boat approaching a small craft. We were not sure whether they were checking fishing licences or looking for drugs, but the officers on deck spent some time talking to the men in the little boat until, eventually, they steamed away leaving the mariners in peace.
Walking to San Pedro

Walking to San Pedro

While we were watching this little drama, several groups of hikers passed us intent on walking the coastal path all the way to Agua Amarga.
Walking through San Pedro

Walking through San Pedro

This makes a wonderful day’s walk, but you need transport waiting at the other end to return you to Las Negras.
Malva maritima

Malva maritima

Along the cliffs the first Malva maritima were flowering.
Yellow succulents and prickly pears

Yellow succulents and prickly pears

Descending into Cala San Pedro the bright yellow pyramid flowers of a common Canary Island succulent are striking against the deep blue sky.
San Pedro beach

San Pedro beach

We walked down to the beach which was very quiet ….
Boats and hippy shacks

Boats and hippy shacks

…. although there were a few hippies about and their makeshift shacks looked occupied.
Beach sparrows

Beach sparrows

We had a picnic on the beach and as soon as food appeared, the local sparrows gathered.
Leaving the beach

Leaving the beach

After lunch, we walked from the beach into the little valley.
Looking back to sea

Looking back to sea

Looking into the light, the castle and palm trees stand out in silhouette against the sea and sky. The castle tower is in bad need of repair and in a dangerous condition but, although the local government has instructed the owners to restore it, we doubt if the owners can afford to.
A cute little house

A cute little house

In the valley, some of the hippy huts look extremely quaint with well-tended little gardens and vegetable patches.
Another style of house

Another style of house

It seems that there are some here that genuinely care about the environment and are looking for an alternative lifestyle, while others just want to experiment with drugs and care little for their surroundings.

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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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One Response to San Pedro in Janurary

  1. Angela Bell says:

    I remember walking from Las negras to San Pedro with you ,Digby Caroline and Jason and Keith throwing one of his frequent wobblys because Caroline had seen a naked hippie!. I loved that place! Nice to see people trying to live simply.When it gets to the nitty gritty if you do not feel part of nature you can become very unhappy.

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