Back lane to Bornos

Beginning of the Rambla de Las Negras

Beginning of the Rambla de Las Negras

This morning was bright but breezy so, instead of heading for the beach, we decided to walk up the Barranco de Las Negras to see if we could reach the old mill of Bornos on the estepa above Las Negras via the old tracks.
Oleander by the water

Oleander by the water

The Barranco de Las Negras is the only one here that has fresh water trickling down it. Although most of the spring wild flowers have now disappeared oleander bushes are in bud and beginning to flower.
Grasses in the breeze

Grasses in the breeze

Grasses near the water were swaying in the breeze, looking quite dramatic against the deep blue sky.
Old fig tree

Old fig tree

The barranco widens into a little valley which was once farmed and the path crosses the stream by this gnarled, old fig tree.
Little, stone cottage

Little, stone cottage

Here is Manfred’s quaint little stone cottage with flowering, aloe vera plants in the foreground.
Manfred's cat

Manfred’s cat

His ginger tom was sunning himself on the wall.
Looking back down

Looking back down

We were told to turn left at the cottage and climb. Here is the view looking back down.
The wrong ravine

The wrong ravine

We reached this ravine. After we climbed to the ridge we realised we had come the wrong way and had to turn back. We think we should have kept more to the left but we were out for 4 hours and the scenery is spectacular so the walk was worth doing. Bornos will have to wait for another day.

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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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