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 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.

At last some rain

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 … Continue reading

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This morning we walked from Santa Cruz de Marchena to Albolduy along the lane that follows the Rio Nacimiento. It is almost traffic-free but you are likely to come across a campesino going to his finca on a mechanical mule. … Continue reading

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Ohanes and Beires

Yesterday morning we re-visited Ohanes. This time we approached the town from the main road through La Alpujarra linking Alhama, Canjayar and Laujar. Ohanes is only 9km from the latter, but the road winds up through the mountains and it … Continue reading

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The Valley of the River Nacimiento

The River Nacimiento meets the River Andarax just below our cortijo and from here you can follow its valley upstream to Alboloduy about 8km away. A paved lane follows the river alongside each bank so this makes a good, short … Continue reading

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Today, in our neighbouring village of Terque, was held the annual crafts and produce fair to celebrate the old way of life in La Alpujarra Almeriense. People from all over the Province of Almeria came to the village today and … Continue reading

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A glimpse of La Alpujarra Almeriense

Now that we have settled in to our new home and the intense heat of summer has abated we have begun to explore more of the Alpujarra Almeriense. Over the next few months we will be taking a longer look … Continue reading

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Alhabia – Huécija – Alicun – Alhabia

We can see the two villages of Huécija and Alicun on the mountainside across the valley from our cortijo. To reach them by car there is a turning off the Alhama de Almeria – Canjayar main road. We thought there … Continue reading

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