Another week of rain. This has been the wettest winter in Southern Spain since records began. The hot, dry autumn, which stretched into mid December, seems a distant memory. The rains have caused considerable damage throughout Andalucia. In particular, a lot of the historic cave houses in the Province of Granada have been badly damaged and some destroyed by sudsidence These caves have been inhabited for centuries and during the last couple of decades many of them have been restored and bought by foreigners.
Our river is still in flood and our Renault Kangoo van sits forlornly in the mud. It has not been used since last Friday as it would never make it across the river. We must get a 4×4 but more about the search for a cheap one later. We would be trapped here were it not for one of our builders, Alex, who is brought to work by his father, Peter, in his large Jeep Grand Cherokee. Peter has also very obligingly taken us into to town when we need to get to the shops.
Fortunately our other builder, Stephen, lives on the neighbouring farm and has only to walk across te fields to us so building has been able to continue. The structure and rendering of the outside lavatory have been completed and the walls have gone up for the office print room. The last job this week is to cement in the ring beams so that the ceiling can go on next week and the construction of my studio above begin.
One of the advantages of the economic crisis is the cheapness and availability of materials. Rufi, our builders’ merchant, will deliver in all weathers and ford the river as, because of the building recession and weather, he has very few customers. Doors and windows have also dropped in price and suppliers will make up special sizes at no extra cost and have them ready in 2 weeks instead of the customary 2 months.
This afternoon the sun returned so we were able to take some dramatic photos from our land.