Los Romanes resident Angie Huzzey is exhibiting her fascinating collection of dolls' houses at El Pantano restaurant by La Viñuela reservoir until the end of August. The collection of 12 houses, which Angie explains, she has made from scratch, will be on display in the entrance to the restaurant every day except Tuesdays, when it is closed, from 12 to 11pm.
Each one of the miniature buildings, which vary from houses, to beauty centres and cafés, is complete with furniture and décor, which Angie explains she has made herself. "I don't buy anything," she reveals. "I use bits of wood that we have at home as my husband is a carpenter and people donate bits and pieces, especially jewellery," she explains.
Angie, 69, is originally from Cornwall but has lived in Los Romanes with her husband, Richard, for 17 years and more recently their two grown-up sons have followed them here. She explains that she started making the houses about four years ago. "I knit and sew and I've always had a longing to make things," she confesses. "I wanted to make rocking horses but they were very difficult, so I started making the dolls' houses. The first one was the wizard's house and it went on from there."
Angie has also written short stories to go with each of the houses. She has created a series of fairy tales (each of the buildings is occupied by fairies) and explains that they are "big girls' dolls' houses where wands can do anything and there are no tax inspectors!" Some of the characters are based on people she knows and her husband even features in one of the houses as 'Risky Ricky'. The bar is run by 'Billy Boracho' (meaning 'drunk' in Spanish).
Another of Angie's creations was a replica of the popular kiosk-style cafeteria in Los Romanes, 'The Shack', which she gave to Paco, the owner. "He was really surprised and got quite emotional when I gave it to him," Angie reveals.
The exhibition runs until 31 August at El Pantano restaurant at La Viñuela reservoir, on the A-356. The houses will also be for sale and a price list is available on request.