Along The Coast

The path to Monsul beach

The path to Monsul beach

The summer crowds have gone and the hazy light of August has been replaced by the clear, blue skies of September, so yesterday we enjoyed a drive and walk along the coast. We drove as far as Monsul beach, past San José. In July and August, private cars are not allowed to use the track to the wonderful beaches along this stretch of coast. To reach them in peak season you have to walk, cycle or get on the shuttle bus from San José.

Sea Daffodils

Sea Daffodils

The light and colours of the sea and landscape were intensely brilliant yesterday. A fresh, westerly breeze made walking in the sun not too arduous. In the dunes behind Monsul we found swathes of flowering sea daffodils, most beautiful of wild flowers.

Monsul and the iconic rock

Monsul and the iconic rock

We walked to the end of the beach and up the dunes to look down on this beautiful view dominated by the rocky outcrop that has appeared in so many of the films that have been shot here.

Playa de Barronal

Playa de Barronal

We walked over the dunes down to the next cove, Playa del Barronal, before returning to our car.

Fishing boats and fisherman at La Isleta

Fishing boats and fisherman at La Isleta

On the way back to Las Negras we stopped at the little fishing village of La Isleta del Moro. As usual, colourful fishing boats were pulled up beneath the cliffs.

La Isleta del Moro

La Isleta del Moro

This is a typical Mediterranean scene with the white houses and strong light and colours.

Village beach of La Isleta

Village beach of La Isleta

Sheltered from the wind by the promontory, the sea was much calmer on the beaches on the eastern side of the village and there were more people here enjoying sun, sand and sea but it was still pleasantly quiet.

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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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One Response to Along The Coast

  1. Tony Unwin says:

    looks like a great day … reminds me that we need to escape Vera Playa for a day at least.. xx

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