South and South Westerly aspects.
The crack that will be repaired as and when that section of the wall is rebuilt & the present door that may or may not remain.
Looking East. The old front door that is blocked up on the north facing facade ( where the summer rooms are traditionally positioned.)
Incredible IS the word; view west towards the ruins of medieval Shali.
The Ground Floor
The house has a circular layout of rooms. Well sort of. Or it would have had once, as far as I can make out. I would need to knock an entrance way through one of the walls to reinstate this and I fully intend to providing it is structurally safe to do so. it. There was an old kitchen area, I recognise the broken bread oven, - now no more than a derelict yard, and not a part of my property, that would have originally been the interconnecting section. ( I am actually making enquiries as to whether I may be able to cheaply purchase these, very derelict, couple of rooms. There appears to be a common wall between two of my rooms that I am hoping will facilitate this idea. I am presently trying to arrange to have a local engineer-somebody to draw me up plans so I can, inshAllah, all-will-be-well work from this premise.
The circular layout extends to the 1st floor (and roof) - below picture a blocked-up door I
can't wait to bash down in order to recreate this original flow.
The beautiful (to-be), traditional west-facing (towards the town), front door.
Can't wait to knock out the old and attach the new. The door deserves a blog post to itself and it will get just that with accompanying pictures of a whole selection of ancient doors ( taken at one time from Shali?) that intrigued me greatly one day we spent out nr Taziry!
I am simultaneously working on a short video which I will post when finished. Or at least a first edit. I just tried uploading a video still to this blog to demonstrate what I consider to be the finest feature of this very staircase, for you can hardly see it here - as I took the photo in somewhat of a hurry having left a bored 17yr old in the hotel room for an hour or two on our final day - The finest feature, in my very humble opinion, is simply the reflection of the curve at the top of the staircase leading to the roof area, on the right hand wall. Like I said it is clearly seen on the short video I am in the process of working on. The wildest of my Grand Design schemes entails knocking out the central core of the building and creating a light shaft in the manner of Andalusian house; with a central courtyard. It would be a very small courtyard of course! And I really don't know how feasible this is brainchild is.