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Life in Culebrón is a disconnected series of pieces about the banal and ordinary of everyday life in an inland Alicante village seen from my very British perspective.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

The roof went bang

According to the deeds of our house it was built in 1989. As it has walls about 35cms thick made from lumps of rock this seems unlikely. We moved in about a year ago and we had quite a lot of work done on the place. In order to update the electric supply the old suspended ceiling had to be removed but, when the work was done, new suspended ceilings were put in.

When the ceiling was missing we quite liked the rustic beams that held up the roof (simple construction in old Spanish houses) but we agreed that it would be a costly job to clean them up sufficienly so that they looked charming rather than agricultural. We also noted that our living room seemed to be made up of a couple of very small rooms joined together. It was easy to tell this because there were two chimmneys. The chimmney breast had been taken away in one of the rooms and the remaining brickwork had been hidden behind the suspended ceiling. What we didn't spot at the time was that the brickwork had been left unsupported. And that's why, last Friday evening one brick fell fom the chimmney work and crashed through the suspended ceiling. We cleaned it up, took out a few more loose bricks and put in a couple of new ceiling tiles for the smashed up ones but I have no idea how to get the old chimmney work out or secure it. I confidently expect to have the whole ceiling come down one evening as we enjoy some Spanish TV!

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