The house in Spain occupied our thoughts for years and became a kind of utopian dream. It was to be, we hoped, the site where we would leave our bones. Its layout in the shape of a "U" with a central patio and fountain was agreed on after much discussion and repeated examination of the hillside site. It took five years to build because the first contractor was dilatory and quit the project before construction was completed. .We had some good moments there, but also disappointment and disillusion. Access in winter was difficult on unpaved muddy roads and, in spite of the 3800 foot elevation, the afternoon heat in Summer was often disagreeable. Although of good quality, water was frequently in short supply until stoppages were eliminated by a line from a chlorinated source. Winter snow required heating with oil, after a two-year experiment with a wood-burning furnace proved too exhausting.
The first picture of the house shows the rugged terrain in the area, the massive outcrops of granite and some of the ancient juniper trees. The second is of the front entrance before bushes and trees had been planted. The site of the tile plaque of the Sander crest is visible on the porch wall. Uhel is below the steps, sniffing at a rock. Small lizards were common and Uhel hunted, but to my knowledge never caught them . Living space was more than adequate. The living room was six by twelve meters with a nine-foot ceiling. The map on the wall is one we bought at the Louvre. It was made from copper plates dated 1754 that the Louvre now refuses to print, citing wear. I have it still.