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Archive for the ‘housing’ Category

The Bank Holiday

The tiled BBQ

Well, I think it’s a bank holiday in the UK.. I am counting on “email emergencies” dying off and on that note we’re off to a WIFI-free wilderness. but first… the BBQ… as you can see on the left, Tony the builder did a cracking job on the tiles and this morning I got up first thing (which in itself is an achievement considering how much wine we polished off down at Pizza La Posa last night with our neighbours) and got the paint pot out as the plaster isn’t QUITE white. Half an hour later the result is as you see on the left – lovely.

Just time to clean up, make sure the camera and phone are charged and we’re off, via Lanjaron, to Capiliera which at something like 4,500ft above sea level is a lot higher than we are – and the mountains above it are still snow-capped. The trip is well timed because the forecast indicates another 40 degrees – with luck we’ll be spending the day and evening with a nice cool breeze to offset the heat – I can’t wait. For now this blog will give you some information about Capaliera but I hope to bring back lots of decent photos. Tomorrow morning the plan is to head from there to the market in Guadix then back up here.

unfinished houseRight, it’s 9am, quick shower and we’re ready to go… here are some more photos from yesterday… the first on the right shows Maureen checking out one of the many partly completed buildings in the area around Embalse Del Negratin. I’m guessing that just before the recession they were in a massive building phase putting together houses near the waterside –and then it all just stopped as some of these places have been here for a couple of years now without change.

Finished houseQuite a contrast to the new house on the left below which, well, if someone offered me this I’d snap it up – some of the house designs you see out here are absolutely wonderful. This particular one was in Friela which is near Negratin and though again parts of it are a building site, other parts are absolutely stunning – and not old stunning – new stunning. Comparing these to some of the new imagination-less crap they’re putting out back home in the UK … well, there is no comparison.

When we go somewhere we tend to take diversions just to get a feel for the place and Friela is well worth a quick drive around more to see it’s potential than where it is now – which is like everywhere else, at a grinding halt in a recession but when things recover – and given the proximity to the lake, this place has lots of potential (it’s also only a stone’s throw off one of Spain’s excellent motorways.

Another fine house in Friela

What grabs you in some of these towns is the sheer diversity of construction – even the row housing has an artistic look to it. More later.

Street of connected houses