Settling into the house has been very easy in some ways, and in others not so much.
It’s wonderful to be in my master bedroom with the huge bathroom, but the hot water wasn’t working so we couldn’t have showers. Also the washing machine kept stopping because of ‘not enough water’.
We got hold of a local plumber and arranged for him to visit. We want to replace the gas cylinder water heater with a solar one, as well as the house heating system. The current system uses red diesel and neither of us likes that so we’re going to get a pellet burner for the main living room that will act as both a fireplace and heat the radiators as needed.
The plumber’s wife does pool cleaning which we badly need – you can’t even see the bottom of ours through the algae and muck. There’s also a crappy ‘jacuzzi’ on the terrace by the pool that we’ll have to empty and dispose of.
It turns out that the hot water does work, although the canister did need replacing. The problem was that we kept testing the hot water in the kitchen, where for some very strange reason the hot water pipe was not connected (or turned on, or something). Anyway I did get a very nice shower before we ran out of all water.
The plumber came up the next day with his wife, who said she could definitely rehabilitate the pool, while he went down to the lower, larger water tank and opened something up that allowed a bit more water to be pumped to the smaller upper tank that feeds the house. He also arranged for another fellow to partially fill the lower tank from his tanker truck in a couple of days.
A few days later we went into Albox and had another meeting with our bank guy – he helped us setup our new cards, and we also arranged house insurance.
Back at the house we realized that the loud ‘cawing/squawking’ that we’d been listening to day and night was not a large exotic bird, but a small frog living in the pool.
I thought I’d rescued him and proceeded to scoop him out (on only my second try with our new net) and deposited him in a shady part of the garden in a bit of water. Well – it turns out he didn’t want to be ‘saved’ or relocated, as the very next morning we found him once again singing his mating call at the top of his lungs from the pool.
We’ve seen other local wildlife such as rabbits, and this morning Colin saw a fox, who seemed to be interested in the rabbits, but I was too slow to get a pic.
Sitting on the terrace at any time of day is very pleasant, and there’s always a beautiful view to be had.
I’m also enjoying being able to do yoga again – my master bedroom is large enough that I can put out my mat with plenty of room to spare.
Another fellow has come to do some measuring for balustrades for the inside stairs, as well as fencing for the front yard. It’s quite a large space so we’re only going to enclose part of it – the raised beds for our veggie gardens will be outside the fence, although we will have to ensure that they are rabbit-proof.
One afternoon we walked the dogs on the rambla to the nearby restaurant – it was just packed, and there was a bouncy-castle for kids and music playing. We didn’t think it was an after-funeral party and decided it was either a wedding celebration or christening party. There were lots of kids and the little girls were all dressed up with frills and bows – very cute.
When I sit on the terrace beside the pool it’s easy to envision how it will look next year with some strategically placed flowering shrubs in pots and a couple of nice large umbrellas – it’s going to be gorgeous and I can’t wait!