Day 228, Monday 18th October
After my extended computer troubles, I am
desperately trying to catch up with the missed weeks. So if the site
looks a little unfinished, please show a little consideration for
the old and slow and
Today I went to Mick and Tracy's to use their
Internet connection, so I could get my computer back on line. If
you're reading this, it worked!
Day 229, Tuesday 19th October
It rained all night, and the indoor water
feature had lovely cascades of water from the top of the stairs
downwards. By morning its stopped raining, but its grey and damp.
Could almost be England; except we'd have central heating.
I start work on the second bathroom so the
next lot of visitors don't have to negotiate the route through our
bedroom to the sink, shower and toilet. All bar one of the
partitions walls were completed yesterday, at least to a standard
making a little privacy possible.
I hope to have a toilet and sink connected by
the time Steve arrives on Wednesday night. He might just have a
little difficulty closing the door, as its on the wall that is not
During the day it has warmed up a little, and
the Boss has cleared and cleaned as much as is possible, the vast
open space we call bedrooms two and three. She lost count of the
spiders that disappeared into the vacuum cleaner, along with their
webs and many from years ago.
Day 230, Wednesday 20th October
We start the day by oversleeping. Several
phone calls make us eventually get out of bed. I continue on the
second bathroom, encountering the same problems as with the first
bathroom, although of course I had forgotten them all.
The sink U-bend doesn't fit the waste pipe.
And the toilet waste leaves the cistern leaning forward. I add
another bit of pipe to the toilet waste. Then I pour a bucket of
water down it to try it out. Only it leaks; all down into the false
wall in the kitchen below. Oh well, a little more damp won't really
Back to the drawing board. In the afternoon, a
trip to a larger DIY store to get all the plastic pipe fittings
takes the first part of the afternoon. Its the first day for 10 days
when I can remove layers of clothes and get down to a T-shirt. I buy
loads of pipe fittings and a new U-bend, with a 1žinch entry pipe
and a 32mm exit. All this European harmonisation is great isn't it?
I forgot that I had based all the waste pipe
fittings on 40mm pipe so at 6:30 I dash to the local Brico's to buy
some 32mm fittings.
Perhaps we could start something new with
these plasterboard tunnels
Tomorrow, we'll have a usable sink and toilet
in the second bathroom. Or that's the theory.
Day 231, Thursday 21st October
Two of us working today. A later start as the
mornings are now darker, it means I sleep later.
Steve tiles and grouts the fireplace in the
kitchen so that we can think about unloading the wood burners in the
back of the van. He plasters the fireplace back and sides with a mix
of sand, lime and white cement, which should dry to a light sandy
The legs in the picture are Steve's, so
pleased with his work he's just sitting admiring
Day 232, Friday 22nd October
The weather has improved, the sun is shining
and that means its roof day. The first job is to move the
scaffolding around to the back.
With only two of us we can't use the soft-shoe
shuffle to carry it around still partially assembled. The only way
it to take it apart, carry it around to the back and re-assemble. As
the ground is very uneven, our motley collection of woodworm and
damp infested boards comes in very handy; strictly against all the
This time we are a little more disciplined
about our approach. This is to ensure that at whatever stage we
stop, we can make it watertight. How I'll miss the tunes played by
drips in buckets of different sizes and depths of water!
Not exactly classic towel rails
Steve strips the old boards from the next
section and I get new boards up onto the scaffold. He measures and
nails boards, while I cut them to length; on the scaffold. I now
also have a better understanding of how the insulation and tiles
should be laid. I should really have done my learning on someone
Come evening, the Boss has bought and put away
enough food to feed at least a small army and we have completed one
section of roof. However, we have not put the tiles back on yet.
Day 233, Saturday 23rd October
While I'm out all day, Steve gets caught for
all the jobs I should have done. Replace the kitchen tap washer,
clean the fireplace tiles, rush around the shops to find some angled
stainless steel tube so the fire can be connected to the chimney.
And not only does he do it all, but he's still
smiling by the time dinner comes.
Day 234, Sunday 24th October
The Boss and Steve collect Maurice and Moira
from Bergerac. They arrive about seven and get shown the
"accommodation; not 5 star".
The unused area upstairs has been cleaned,
suitcases placed along the edge of the area where there are no
floorboards. Steve has erected a banister and balustrade out of
rough wood, so its more difficult to fall down the stair well. The
Boss has made "rooms" out of old blankets hung from the beams. All
In the evening, although its quite warm, as
the chimney liner is almost complete, the Boss insists we light the
new fire. And does it give out some heat.
Tomorrow they'll get told what they have to do
to earn their keep!