We have moved – again

Our new home before we moved in

Our new home before we moved in

Recently this blog has not been very active because, during the last three weeks, we have completed the sale of our building plot in Las Negras and the purchase of a villa on the outskirts of the village. The cost of building our dream home on our land was beyond us but we were able to purchase a large house from the bank, which had repossessed the property from the developer, for less than a third of the original price. As you can imagine, we have been very busy as matters regarding property in Spain are complex and slow, but on Friday we finally moved into our new home.
Victor moving our furniture

Victor moving our furniture

The house is at the end of the road which passes by Maria’s Farm where we were renting an apartment. Victor, who lives along the same road, has a van large enough to transport our furniture and so he and a friend assisted with the removals. Our satellite TV and internet dishes had to be moved from the apartment to the new house and this was also done on Friday by Mike and his son from MBIT Almanzora.
Digging out the pool

Digging out the pool

In the meantime, work on the swimming pool is progressing and we hope this will be finished in about a week. On Thursday evening, there was a sudden and alarming bang that resounded across the village, startling everyone, when the tyre of one of the digging machines exploded in the heat.
Maria erecting caña

Maria erecting caña

While all this has been going on, Ivan and his girlfriend, Maria, have been working in the garden putting up sisal screening along the fencing and preparing the front garden while the pool workers are busy at the back.
Ingmar fitting lights

Ingmar fitting lights

New houses in Spain do not normally come with light-fittings or kitchens although, of course, all the electrical wiring and tiling are in place. On Friday, Ingmar the electrician and his friend, Linda, set to work on installing thirty-eight lights and lampshades in the house.
Fitting the kitchen

Fitting the kitchen

On the same day, the crew from HM Carpinteros came to install the kitchen and so Friday was a busy day with fourteen workers on site plus six dogs, our three and three belonging to workers.
The pool so far

The pool so far

The kitchen needs to be finished, the lights completed, and work will continue this coming week on the pool and garden. We look forward to posting photos when all the work is done but at least our new home is now habitable. Our southeast-facing bedroom is very comfortable and it is a great pleasure to see the sun rising over the hill when we wake up in the morning.

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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.
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5 Responses to We have moved – again

  1. Angela says:

    Good luck with this one. I looks as thouh it could be a real lasting home for you both.You love the area and are bviosly liked very much there. All the best,enjoy it!

  2. Penny Smith says:

    GOOD LUCK Dig and Margaret- Have a happy life in your new home . Penny xxx

  3. Keith Park says:

    Good luck and best wishes from Keith and Alison. We have been very busy with visits from expanding family lately. Will try and look you up next visit to Spain. Un abrazo Keith

  4. Maureen says:

    House looks wonderful! a lot less stress than worrying about all the details when building your own home. Good luck!

  5. Pingback: An Art Gallery at Home | Margaret Merry ~ Artist & Author

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