Saturday, April 16, 2016

This Ole House

I wonder if I should change the name of my blog to "Mitchell is NOT Moving." We haven't moved house for three whole years. And now that home improvements are nearly done, we're not planning to move for a very long time. We actually discussed that before we went ahead with the renovations.

But, as part of a very busy week, I spent several hours in Málaga Wednesday. I took the train in to escort (by taxi) a friend home from the hospital. Nothing serious. She said it was something to do with a vein in her leg. I'm sure she really had a boob job (no, I'm not). But she goes topless at the beach, so I'll know for sure this summer. (She had them wrap one leg in bandages and she limped just to throw me off the scent.)

ANYWAY... On my nearly 30-minute walk from the train station to the hospital, I passed through a part of Málaga I had never seen before. It's coming back to life from the "crisis" a bit more slowly than the touristy parts of town (but it's coming back).

Early in the walk, I saw an old derelict house just perfect for the loving hands of these two old derelicts (San Geraldo and yours truly). Closer to the hospital, I passed another fixer-upper I liked even more. But, I took a stroll around the neighborhood again while I waited and found the ideal fixer-upper. It's a good thing we agreed to stay put.

(Click any image to see how much there is to be done.)

FIXER-UPPER NUMBER 1.
FIXER-UPPER NUMBER 2.
THE GARDEN GATE AT FIXER-UPPER NUMBER 2.
FIXER-UPPER NUMBER 3.

Ain't got time to fix the shingles. Ain't got time to fix the floor.

26 comments:

  1. I'm sure you could make amazing homes anywhere. And I love the song! One of my very favorites from my childhood.

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    1. Michael:
      We love imagining what we would do to a place. Thankfully, we no longer feel the need to do it everywhere!

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  2. It would e amazing to see what you two could do with one of these buildings. Are you seriously thinking about taking on a project like this?

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    1. Stephen:
      Our recent renovations are as much as we're interested in doing. Besides we couldn't afford to renovate (or even buy) a fixer-upper!

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  3. Oh #2 is lovely! Maybe you could 'flip' your present place and 'go to town' on this place! Just kidding......kind of.

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    1. Jim:
      I also love house #2, but no thanks. Besides it's not on the beach!

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  4. Ohhhhhh, I'd love to see more of those houses!

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    1. Judy:
      I'll start sharing. I'm constantly taking photos of houses I find interesting. That second one is a Sears house, isn't it?!?

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  5. I'd buy #2 just for the gate. When we lived on Sevilla (and again in Mexico) those gates with the mysterious courtyard beyond drew me in... But they weren't available for my eyes. Darn it... I can't think of that Saturday night TV show that had the top 10? Songs... Giselle Mckenzie, Rosemary clooney, Snookie L?.... Damn I hate getting old
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    1. Sharon:
      I found that second house so charming ... and decrepit.

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  6. I hadn't stopped to consider your blog title until now. I read 'moving' as "that poem really moved me' interpretation.

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  7. I like #3. #1 looks like any house in new orleans. #2 (heh heh heh) looks interesting.

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    1. anne marie:
      I found #2 (everyone seemed to have a little titter about that and it never even crossed my mind) to be really unusual. Number 3 looked really grand.

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  8. I was all set to vote for FU#2--gosh, that sounds kinda nasty--but then i saw FU#3 and it looks like a place fit for a queen ... or two.

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    1. Bob:
      I'm sure #3 was once a private palace. Not uncommon here. It probably has a grand central courtyard, too.

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  9. So many neat old buildings need a refurb there but Portugal had far more. The economy of Spain seeems to be doing much better. No need to move if you love where you live and it seems you do :)

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    1. Cheapchick:
      Well, this is of course only a glimpse. Plenty of old private palaces and grand buildings in need of some loving care here.. and lots of money.

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  10. Mitchel you should change the title Living in the sunny paradise

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    1. Gosia:
      It was supposed to be a statement of my life constantly on the move. But that seems to be in the past!

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  11. Love no. 2. Such a character. Thanks for the ditty. I remember it from family favourites on a Saturday morning, or a programme on radio 2 similar titled as a child.

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    1. Anna:
      The second one really was my favorite. Lots of charm and a very unusual look for Málaga.

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  12. I rather like the look of house number two as it is very attractive however, I have put my roots down in Ireland and in this bijou cottage of mine. Where I have lived for twenty-five years, which incidentally is the longest amount of time I have ever spent anywhere throughout my entire life.

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    1. Heron:
      My favorite, as well. We've got "air roots" but I think they'll be happy with the air right here for quite some time. I have never spent 25 years anywhere. The longest time I've ever spent in one home is 5 years!

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  13. Just let me get my hands on that first one! Darn you and your fixer-upper porn!

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    1. Cranky:
      They all have their charms, don't they?!?

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