A walk around the estepa

Olive tree and the old mill of Bornos

Olive tree and the old mill of Bornos

This afternoon we drove a few km inland from Las Negras up to the estepa to take a walk along the paths around the old mill of Bornos and the house which we rented for twenty months, Las Totobias.

The esteem and Las Totobias

The estepa and Las Totobias

We used to walk around the tracks here daily when we lived in Las Totobias. We noticed that the weather is cooler in the high and more exposed estepa than down in Las Negras but it was good to stroll around our old haunts.

The community of Bornos

The community of Bornos

Little seems to change at the German community of Bornos, which tries to be self sufficient.

Ducks at Bornos

Ducks at Bornos

As we walked past the mill and old vehicles we stopped to engage with these ducks.

Pigs at Bornos

Pigs at Bornos

A little further on we encountered these two black pigs on the path.

Looking down on Las Negras from the estepa

Looking down on Las Negras from the estepa

We walked to the edge of the estepa and looked down on Las Negras. We could clearly see our house and thought that one day we might try and walk up here directly from our home through the barrancos.

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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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