La Barriada De Alcora


La Barriada de Alcora


Olive groves in La Barriada de Alcora

Ten days ago we took Mike and Tracy. who were staying with us, up to the pretty little hamlet of La Barriada de Alcora in the Sierra de Gador above Canjayar.


Pine forests above La Barriada de Alcora

We drove along a wide track above the village alongside forests of pine.


The Sierra Nevada

From here there are striking views of the Sierra Nevada with snow on the highest peaks and of the villages of La Alpujarra Almeriense below.


Looking across to Ohanes. Tracy taking photos.

The mountains are mostly covered in pine forests, with some olive groves, but where there are fewer trees, probably because of forest fires in recent years, there is a profusion of wild flowers, especially where the land has been ploughed up for the partridges.




White coris


White flax

I found this surprising so late in spring and was delighted to find examples of a very pretty scabious, not encountered before, and clumps of white coris, again unusual, and an abundance of white flax.



There was also a curious, dark lichen on the rocks.


Michael taking photos

Michael found some old lead mines to explore and with an eye trained to recognise minerals, found some interesting samples. He and Tracy spotted some fascinating birds and insects to photograph with their long lenses.


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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2 Responses to La Barriada De Alcora

  1. Angela Bell says:

    I love these posts about the area,love the plants and the scenery.It is lovely that it is still all there. Thanks for posting.I am enjoying my freedom but disturbed about the hideous Trump and all the neo nazis not to mention bloody Brexit. We are all well however Steve’s Mum died a few months ago of dementia and he is still grieving. My Mum is battling on aged 95,living at home but very dotty but she is a fighter.Emma is still with us and Caroline and the boys are living down west in the middle of the countryside.You can see Chysauster from their bathroom window.We have just come back from Monet’s garden and Paris,we also saw the huge Nymphae paintings
    in the Orangerie.bye and take care Angela x

  2. Hello Angela Glad you like Digby’s posts. Yes, the scenery here is lovely and the mountains are wild and unspoilt. Such an atmosphere of peace and tranquility in these little villages of the Alpujarra. What a shame about Steve’s poor mum. Dementia is a horrible, cruel condition. I’m so afraid of losing my marbles that I do online university courses and am currently studying logical and critical thinking which exercises the brain like nothing else. Your mum is truly remarkable. Fancy her being 95! Just goes to show you have to keep fighting. Would love to see Monet’s garden. We’re off to Madrid later this year to revisit the Prado and other galleries. Tell Caroline we have an ancient site (5000 years old) up the road which reminds me of Cysauster. It’s called Los Millares and there’s a lot about it on the Internet. I enjoyed Poldark, tell Emma. Where we live now we’re able to get a TV/Internet/mobile phone package which means we now have hundreds of TV channels. Everyone here hates Trump.His import taxes are seriously going to affect Spanish exports, such as table olives. Also, his administration has revoked the deal made with Obama to remove plutonium contamination from the site where an American bomber dropped live atomic bombs after it crashed over the sea in the sixties. As for Brexit…grrr! I blame the remain campaign for not stressing the benefits of being part of the EU and concentrating on doom and gloom, whereas the other lot painted a rosy future of Britain out of the EU, rubbish of course. Love from us old gits here. Margaret

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