We have a swimming pool

Our swimming pool and terraces

Our swimming pool and terraces

This week we have finally completed the work on the swimming pool terraces and fencing in our back garden.
Excavating for the pool a few weeks ago

Excavating for the pool a few weeks ago

Previously, this area was terraced but bare, and the ground stony with poor soil.
The same view now

The same view now

We decided the best solution was to have it completely covered with concrete, except for a small bed below the window, and grow bougainvillaea, jasmin and other climbing plants in pots beside the fencing.
The terrace below the pool

The terrace below the pool

It was difficult to squeeze a swimming pool into this small area but we are quite pleased with the result and the terrace below is a little sun-trap which will be perfect for enjoying the winter sun.
A corner of the terrace

A corner of the terrace

The surface of the terraces is coloured cement which has been impressed with a design to simulate paving, and sealed. This is quicker and cheaper than laying stones or slate. We hope it will be durable.

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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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One Response to We have a swimming pool

  1. Maureen says:

    Looks fabulous! Stamped concrete, as we call it in the US, is very durable. My driveway is 7 years old and driven on every day. It still looks brand new. Good luck in the new house! Hope you have many happy years there.

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