The guests that have been in Casa aOrta so far heard, by the end of their tour around the house, “I’m still working on the roof top terrace, so it’s still a bit empty/chaotic/messy. Feel free to use it anyway!”
But, I’m happy to say that I finally managed to bring our vision (mine and my sister’s) to life. The trellis are still growing and there’s still some painting to be done, but the idea we had July 2013 is finally in place.
The roof top terrace at Casa aOrta used to be a typical feature in all Southern Portugal houses. Instead of a normal roof, all houses in Algarve were built with a terrace on top (called “Açoteia” in Portuguese). The main reasons were two:
1) It doesn’t rain a lot – so the inclined roof wouldn’t be necessary;
2) In the summer a lot of fruits were harvested and then dried there.
Since I’m not sun drying fruits there (at least not for this summer – in the next one, I’ll probably try sun drying some mulberries), we decided to put typical trees in pots and those are:
The orange tree, the olive tree, the pomegranate tree, the carob tree (alfarroba) and the strawberry tree fruit tree (medronho). The lemon tree is downstairs, in the patio, since it can be handy to use in the kitchen.
It always make my heart rejoice when my guests tell me that they have spent the best time on my terrace enjoying the sun and quiet. I look forward to see you here too!