At last some rain

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The Sierra de Gador from Alhabia

Yesterday morning and during last night we had some heavy rain. Apart from a couple of days at the end of August when we had the end-of-summer storms, this is the first proper rain we have had since the end of May. In our valley this morning the sun was shining again but as you can see in this photo, taken from the road from our cortijo to Alhabia, that the cloud still lingered over the mountains.

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Our finca this morning

The rain has certainly done the land some good: our finca looked refreshed this morning. In the vegetable patch, in the foreground, you can see potatoes and onions with broad beans behind. To the right is another patch with cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli and in the centre is one of our olive trees laden with fruit. We are expecting to harvest 2000 kilos next month.

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Autumn colours from our lane

Autumn colours are now becoming evident as you can see from this photo taken from our lane just above our property.

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Alhabia this morning

We also took this photo of our town, Alhabia, when we walked in to do the morning shopping.

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Terque this afternoon

After lunch we walked along the river path to Terque. The clouds and fresh light made the village look particularly attractive.

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Clouds above the Sierra Alhamilla

Looking back along the path towards the coast we noticed heavy clouds above the Sierra Alhamilla. From press reports the weather on the coast yesterday was worse than up here.

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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 pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. 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 portraiture and 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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