Ute’s garden in March

Margaret and Ute looking over the garden

Margaret and Ute looking over the garden

This afternoon we called on our neighbour, Ute, to see how her lovely garden was looking now we are well into spring. Ute was a famous stage actress in her native Germany but has been living in Las Negras for some years. She has created an enchanting Mediterranean garden around her cottage.
Looking down the garden  towards the sea

Looking down the garden towards the sea

Here are a some overall views. Ute has a natural creative flair and her garden is full of colourful compositions which include her painted, rustic furniture, pots and sculptures.
Cat in a shady corner

Cat in a shady corner

Ute loves cats and in every corner you will see one or two of her many friendly felines. We took some more photos of corners of her garden and cottage which you can see on http://coloursofspain.wordpress.com.

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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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