Work continues for us even at this time of year. Though painting the outside walls has now defeated me, Ian has a nice indoor task - making a plate rack for our front apartment. Ideally I'd like to be inside too, finishing the rendering of our second apartment, but we have fostered a stray cat and, due to weird cat dynamics and his recent castration, we are housing him in there. The plan is to introduce our resident outdoor cats in this neutral territory once the poor little thing is back to full health. The fly in the ointment is Al Junior, a feral cat who considers the Cortijo his personal domain and beats up any interlopers. Hopefully the new cat, Guinness, will feel at home enough not to run away when Junior returns and maybe smell more acceptable after his little op too. Time will tell.
Another project that needs attention is the front garden. All the time we have had deliveries from the builders' merchant it was hard to plan this area but now we are near the end of the bigger tasks we can find other places to store sand and ballast and create a nice area beyond the pretty courtyards within the building. Naturally we will plant drought tolerant shrubs and trees as the water supply is already being interrupted and our storage tanks are occasionally being utilised. As the renovations of our casita are also time bound (the permissions only last two years) we have lots to think about. With a full house until September and longer term guests expected at the end of October, we certainly have our hands full for a while. Luckily we wouldn't have it any other way.