One of the last things that we do before opening for the new season are our maintenance activities. Of course we want our white Cortijo to be white. The weather damage, a combination of blistering summer sun and rainy winter days is bigger than one would expect, so addressing this is an annual recurring sport.
This winter has been relatively mild and not that much rain so the painters had an ‘easy one’ this year, still putting some 120 litres on the walls. The plants and trees that have put around the place over the last few years are now more established and are growing like crazy. To get them a bit back in shape, pruning them also has become a yearly phenomenon.
Next to these have-to’s, every year we come across some nice-to-have’s. This year we gave some extra attention to the mirador. As we decided from the beginning that we do as little as possible building and maintenance activities when we have guests we try to concentrate that as well in this time of the year.
Of course it all sounds a lot and, to be honest, it is but what is nicer than working outside with the team in the early spring sun with temperatures around 20 and seeing that everything gets into shape again? Next to that, over the years El Guarda has become even more beautiful and every change made it more ours. Compliments of our guests, travel agents and professional photographers make it all worthwhile. After being shortlisted to become a movie set last year, we were asked this week by Spanish TV to make some shots here (more to follow about this in due time). So checking the last details; y listo!