7, Don Rodrigo Street.
We are little by little approaching the neighbourhood of Santiago, where María Fernández Pino is waiting for us, who is the owner of the Courtyard on 7, Don Rodrigo Street.
In order to know the origin of the house we need to go back to the 17th century. María claims that "it was part of the residence of a bishop, together with the current parking of Restaurant Bodegas Campos". After some time, the house became a neighbours’ house, and, at the end of the 20th century, we know it belonged to a silversmith that sold the house to our host, who was, by the way, president of the Association of Women Entrepreneurs in Córdoba.
María makes a great effort to enliven the courtyard, she frequently invites friends over and organizes all kinds of meals and events. She recalls one of those magical moments lived here, during her birthday party in September 2007. Arturo Pareja Obregón, very well-known musician from Seville, started playing the piano and offered María and her guests a magnificent concert in the courtyard; she was sitting on her own on a flower bed, next to the lemon tree, while she was listening to the beautiful chords from her friend the artist, surrounded by her own privacy. A beautiful scene, better memory.
She admitted: "when buying this house, a childhood dream came true”. Our host had grown up surrounded by courtyards, his grandparents’, for example. She wanted to be surrounded again by everything she had felt in her childhood, colours, scents, experiences…
We go through an iron gate that takes us to the dark entrance hallway. From the outside we can already see the courtyard, which can be accessed through a great diminished round arch. Once inside we can see a rectangular mid-size courtyard. There is a lemon tree in the middle, which is a tradition brought from the Arabs to Andalusia, that of planting fruit trees inside the courtyards.
The walls are full of pots arranged with great skill and taste, although María admits that she would like to go back to the whiteness of the flower, in contrast with the indigo of the pots, as the only colour in the courtyard, "white is a welcoming colour", adds.
On the right there is a magnificent kitchen, although restored, "respecting what was there. The kitchen is astonishing, without any furniture, with masonry, with white marble counters". There is not a detail missing, it is full of numerous old utensils, and we can highlight an old bottle of the famous soda water Pijuán.
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