Author Archives: Margaret Merry

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.

La Fiesta de Naranja, Gador

Yesterday the nearby town of Gador held its annual fiesta of the orange. Crowds turned up to drink fresh orange juice, eat orange fritters and stock up with oranges. We did not stay too long as we have so many … Continue reading

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The Carrera, Alhabia and Terque today

This morning there was a well organised mountain bike race along the lanes and river beds from Alhama to Alboloduy and back following a circular route and passing through Alhabia. We came across some of the competitors racing down a … Continue reading

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Yesterday morning we drove up the A1079 from Alhabia and continued past Alboloduy winding up the mountain road to the junction with the Almeria – Granada motorway. At the junction we took the country road that drops down to the … Continue reading

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Snow in La Alpujarra Almeriense

Last week, on Wednesday and Thursday, we had rain in La Alpujarra Almeriense. There was also a northerly airstream so the rain fell as snow on the Sierra Nevada and the higher peaks of the Sierra de Gador. Since then … Continue reading

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We are absolutely devastated because our beautiful Daisy died on Wednesday afternoon. We went for the usual afternoon walk and as soon as we returned, she began to convulse violently then foam at the mouth. We rang the vet in … Continue reading

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Canjáyar – Dia de Aceite

This morning we went up  to the nearby town of Canjáyar in La Alpujarra Almeriense because it was celebrating its annual “Day of Olive Oil”. Here is a display of the olive oil and preserved olives from La Almajara de … Continue reading

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Rambla de Los Yesos – Alboloduy

Yesterday morning we walked up and around the Rambla de Los Yesos near Alboloduy. To reach the rambla follow the Rio Nacimiento upstream from Alboloduy for about 500 metres. The confluence with the rambla is on the left and the … Continue reading

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