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.

Ecomercado de Abla

On Sunday the little town of Abla held its annual Ecomercado. Abla lies beneath the Sierra Nevada off the main motorway between Almeria and Granada. Along the main street stalls were set up selling organic vegetables, fruit and beer. The … Continue reading

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Dia De La Vendimia – Alboloduy

Yesterday we visited the village of Alboloduy, further up our valley, for its annual Dia de la Vendimia to celebrate the grape harvest. It was a beautiful day with clear blue skies and temperatures up to 34C. At about 12.30, … Continue reading

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Quema De La Zorra – Alhabia

On Saturday night we watched the ‘Quema de la Zorra’ (burning of the vixen) procession in Alhabia. It’s a tradition of the Alpujarra dating back to Roman times, it’s thought. In the old days, the men would go up to … Continue reading

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El Gallo

This week we acquired a new, young cockerel. The old cockerel we inherited when we bought our cortijo died over a month ago but we waited for the weather to get a little cooler before we replaced him. The new … Continue reading

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Izzy and Ellie on Holiday – Alhabia

Our granddaughters, Izzy (14) and Ellie (12) have just returned to the UK after spending 8 days holiday with us. On their second day we took them up to Laujar de Andarax. They found the ruins of the old convent … Continue reading

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Sun Dried Tomatoes

We have just collected our first batch of home grown, sun dried tomatoes and laid out some fresh tomatoes which we picked this morning. This is how we dried them: We laid a sheet of plastic over a couple of … Continue reading

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Home Made Gazpacho

During the hot summer months in Andalucia there is nothing to beat a chilled bowl of Gazpacho Andaluz. I made this cold soup this morning using tomatoes, pepper, cucumber, garlic and olive oil from our finca. White wine vinegar and … Continue reading

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