The decision has been made. We have both agreed to sell our original dream cave. It has been a hard decision in many ways but after weighing up all the pros and cons it was not complicated or difficult after all. We should sell and put our energy into the new cave home (Casa Cueva) in Puente Arriba.
At the beginning, some of our friends and family thought we had gone potty buying such a project as the original cave, never mind at our time of life. In some ways they were right but nothing ventured…… As life has a habit of doing to us all, it took us down a different path.
Yes, we are of a certain age and I for one am not as active or as proactive as I used to be.
I would be a fool to pretend otherwise. The meticulous planning that I have completed so far has been extensive and I will admit, exciting, but it has been mentally tiring too. The other issues are with the usual stress we all go through with the red tape, local authorities and fighting with work men to achieve my own ideas for our home. These issues are just the tip of the stress mountain. I really don’t want that in my life. The dream – yes it was a great dream and I will never regret it but I am being realistic and want to enjoy the rest of my life, no matter how long or short, enjoying the Spanish life style and weather. As I say that we are having snow storms and cold weather, but we know it will not last. Cross fingers.
Our latest purchase in Puente Arriba is going to be our home. All our efforts are going into making it as comfortable and homely as we can. If you have been following our saga you will know that the cave is in two parts. The first half is in a fair to good state and is certainly livable in but the second half needs lots of tlc. It is going to take time and a great deal of thought to get to the stage were two become one. But, that is our aim.
Then we have the land around our cave – 10,000 sqm. in total. I need to look at each area and every aspect of the different and varied layers to ensure that the land around us is used to its best advantage – that is to say for our best advantage. Seating areas with views, to a secret garden, they all need to be carefully planned and thought about and then thought about some more.
That is where I am at the moment. I have ideas. Some will need to be tweaked and others discarded but that’s half the fun. The first priority is to fence our land, (shown here in red), so that our two rescue boys do not wander off to say hello to the local shepherd and his flock or find food in the neighbours kitchens. The fence will also curtail the numerous local doggie visits we get each day – leaving presents behind is fine but I must confess to not wanting those kind of doggie presents outside our cave door.
Saying all that the dog population are friendly and they all welcome each other and play which is kind of nice but I just don’t trust our two boys not wander off so….fence it is.
In my next blog I will take you through some of my ideas for the outdoor spaces and walk you around the land. Hope that you are enjoying our adventure, our ups and downs and our new challenges as we continue or journey with life in Spain. Thank you for reading.