Rambles along Ramblas

Rambla Aires de Las Negras

Rambla Aires de Las Negras

After our 8 course San Valentin dinner on Saturday evening, a long walk was called for on Sunday morning and so we headed up the Rambla Aires de Las Negras which passes below our house. The blossom on the almond trees and the wild flowers in bloom make this a particularly attractive walk this time of year.

Daisy taking a drink

Daisy taking a drink

Instead of following the main path up to Las Hortichuelas, we forked right and followed a barranco which seemed to head up to the top of the mountain ridge and the estepa above. It was quite hard-going as the barranco is little more than a gully and quite steep in places. There are damp places where the vegetation is very dense and in the rocky hollows there are pools of water where the dogs were able to take a drink.

Pink Malva

Pink Malta

Malva maritima is now in flower and bushes of it abound up here. The flowers are normally lilac, but this particular example was a very pretty, dark pink.

As far as we went

As far as we went

We got as far as this spot and decided to turn back as we were afraid that the way would become more difficult and we did not want to get stuck. Digby will explore further on his own one day.

Looking towards Las Negras and the sea

Looking towards Las Negras and the sea

After descending we crossed over a hillock to the main path and enjoyed the wonderful views looking back towards Las Negras and the sea.

Towards Las Hortichuelas Bajas

Towards Las Hortichuelas Bajas

We rejoined the main path and headed up towards Las Hortichuelas Altas. This view is looking down on Las Hortichuelas Bajas.

Las Hortichuelas Altas

Las Hortichuelas Altas

We stopped and Las Hortichuelas Altas to take some refreshment in the village bar before returning back to Las Negras.

From the coastal path

From the coastal path

Yesterday afternoon we walked along the coast from Las Negras to the next cove, Cala del Cuervo, and then up the Rambla del Cuervo which is a gentle circular walk of about 6km.

Barbary Nut

Barbary Nut

We were delighted to see the first Barbary nuts, blue mini-irises in flower.

Silene

Silene

Along the rambla are clumps of attractive Silene.

Another barranco

Another barranco

Las Friday we tried another branch off the Rambla Aires de Las Negras and enjoyed some great views.

Mountain scenery

Mountain scenery

We were hoping to find a circular route over to the Rambla de Las Negras and back down but we found ourselves at a dead end.

Courage on the beach at El Playazo

Courage on the beach at El Playazo

The weather has not been perfect every day. We had some rain and wild weather during the middle of last week and it is raining again today. The photo above was taken at El Playazo last Tuesday. When the sun came out the colours of the sea were beautiful

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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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