Tuesday, 8 December 2009

A bit of Building and some lovely warmth!

"Light my Fire"
Andalucia is a beautiful area of Spain and the Almeria province is the home of many Spaghetti Westerns which were filmed in the Tabernas area not far from us.Sandwiched between the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, Gador, Filabres and Alhalmilla ranges is one of the most dramatic landscapes in Spain. The Desierto de Tabernas. The only semi-desert in Europe In the winter we are lucky enough to enjoy beautiful days filled with sunshine and temperatures in the shade in the high 20's and early 30's. But the temperatures drop at night and most Spanish houses do not have a lot of insulation. 
So we decided on a winter project for 2009. Luckily the house was built with a chimney on the roof so we were surely half way there.

The walls here do have strengthening posts because we are in an earthquake zone! Deserts,earthquakes what next!
Anyway this wall has always looked a bit boring,uninviting and in the winter not very welcoming with no focal point linked to a cheery fire.

So after much measuring and musing the false chimney breast building started.

It reminded me of a puppet theatre. The tubing ducts the fire to the chimney.

Looking back and posting these pictures makes it all look so simple. Every day each brick was being cut with a disc cutter- outside I might add. Yeso was being mixed in the lounge and the general upheaval with building work was ongoing. And it the new structure looked so strange and imposing. We began to think maybe we had made a mistake. Heating with convectors was fine after all. But to me it felt little different than our Summer Trip to North Yorkshire in the Sunshine Bus in 2008 when we huddled every evening around a fan heater we had to buy in Thirsk

A wonderful plastere arrived did a fantastic job and our spirits lifted and we began to see how it was going to look.

Dear Mother In Law was coming for her holiday so we were so pleased to see real progress being made.

So lots of painting to do -- the newly painted chimney breast made the rest look terrible. Every picture had to move because the room looked so different. The new curtains were too short so the poles had to be lowered!!
But we did what we have always done from Day1 in our first house in Wareham in 1976 -- stood, looked, stood and looked some more. Shut the door and made our way to bed but just popping back in to have a final check and upon waking in the morning just checking it was not all a dream. But no we are thrilled.

Now we of course are actually getting ready to return to the UK for Christmas but we shall look forward to a new found cosyness on our return in January and I couldnt' resist a little Christmas cheer here in our Spanish home!

Little Robins on a little tree,

1 comment:

  1. ooooh gosh it looks terrific Linda, really cosy, Did you OH build it?
    Also love your tree with little robins - so cute.

    Thanks again for the insight into your life.

    Pam x


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