On the Atlantic coastline is a beautiful place called Bolonia.We met some family there last weekend to look around the visitor centre and Roman ruins (well worth a visit by the way). But I was fascinated with the cacti or chumbas as they are called here. Where we live they have all died from an awful blight and look like they have melted; a very sad sight indeed. However, these are green and full and glorious! A joy to see – so I thought I’d try and paint some. Watercolour and ink working from sketches and myย  photos.


38 thoughts on “Chumbas!

  1. Very nice. We have them on our beach too. I acquired a couple of leaves and now have a couple in the garden. The flowers are very pretty. Whatever your nasty disease is, it hasn’t spread up our way, touch wood.

    Bolonia is good. It was so good that I decided to wander round when I found it was free. And then the coche broke down. Lunchtime on a winters day at Bolonia is not a good place to be with a vehicle that refuses to start โ€ฆ

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  2. Lovely painting again Wendy ๐Ÿ˜€
    All our chumbas were hit by white fly last summer (well, white fly were everywhere which was unusual for here) and the cacti looked awful. Further up the railway line towards Ronda the cacti seem to be okay and unaffected. The ones I can see from my apartment seem to be recovering at the moment. I hope they will be okay this summer. xox โค


  3. You really capture the feel there. Maybe feel is not quite the right word as they’re so prickly!

    Bolonia was listed as number 10 in a list of the best beaches in Europe. It certainly is very beautiful. Nevertheless, list or no list, the Costa de la Luz has at least another four or five brilliant beaches not on the list. Sssh! don’t tell everyone or they’ll all want to come.

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  4. Sorry I somehow missed this when you posted it Wendy. The softness you created struck me (gently, of course). I love the juxtaposition of that, soft sweet chumba’s. Nice work.

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  5. Great picture, Wendy! Just a point about Spanish. The plants are called CHUMBERAS, the fruit (prickly pear in English, I think) are called CHUMBOS. They’re masculine but I don’t care to ask why…

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