Day 382, Monday 23rd May
It is funny how we now expect the sun to shine every day.
Well today, it is trying, but with only occasional success.
The kitchen is back to its frequently experienced disrupted state. The fridge and
freezer are pulled away from the wall so I can plaster, rub down and paint. Or as the Boss says, "Make a
mess just after I've cleared up; again". Oh well, at least I know I'm good at something!
The kitchen walls are looking like normal rooms, if you don't look at the ceiling too
hard. The shelves taken off for painting are back on and the wall painted on that side of the room
finished. When the sun does come out we finish a few of the many half-completed outside jobs.
I also water the vegetables with the hose, thinking that Portuguese Pete is not home.
Well I just hope he doesn't grass on us and apologies for the pun.
By six thirty, I am threatened with hell-fire and damnation if I do anything that
makes a mess, so its knock off early. About 11pm, I try and take a picture of the night sky, with a few
flimsy clouds and a full moon.
The result is a black picture, with a white dot in the middle. Lucky I'm not a
Day 383, Tuesday 24th May
The Boss is off to work again so a reasonably early
start. The sun is shining and the weather is sweet (I think that's Bob Marley).
Each day gets a little warmer, and in the evenings, the temperature drops much more
slowly. That must mean summer is on the way. I have to work inside this morning, as the second set of
kitchen shelves needs to get put onto the wall. And as always, easier said than done.
Having painted, I no longer know the exact position of the studs in the wall. By
trying to draw a straight line up from the plasterboard below the worktops and then drilling a few small
and futile holes, I eventually find the studs.
The cooking and working area of the kitchen; as opposed to the dining area, has been
Day 384, Wednesday 25th May
The Boss is out again! I should be painting the remaining walls in the kitchen, but
after a few areas of undercoat, decide they are still too rough to paint. Therefore the plaster comes out
again. Of course with plastering comes mess!
Another coat on one of the unpainted walls in the kitchen and what is rapidly becoming
a lounge. But the important thing is the second set of shelves is now up, and I'm letting the pictures
speak for themselves.
Day 385, Thursday 26th May
Nothing exciting today. Bits and pieces in the morning and the
afternoon is so hot, its time for the umbrella and the sun bed outside, and of course a siesta.
Friends come round for dinner and we eat outside for the first time this year. However
to eat outside, we have to get the concrete table outside. That was a bit of fun, but it's not moving
until the winter arrives again.
And tomorrow the forecast is even hotter.
Day 386, Friday 27th May
We're off to see the architect working on plans for the barn. This is really a big day
out for the Boss; not your normal day out trip to Brico's! He lives in the Dordogne, but used to rent his
house out before moving here permanently.
It's nearly two hours drive, but on country roads with very little traffic, its easy
driving. On the way back, we stop for lunch in a bar alongside a river. Then a stop at a tree nursery.
Finally, a visit to Richard and Lynette's house on the way.
And it's really hot. About time we had an air-conditioned car. Of course there is the
watering when we get home, and that is the only real work we've done today.
Tough life we lead?
Day 387, Saturday 28th May
Plaster, plaster everywhere, and not a drop to drink; or something like that. One wall
of the "lounge" is now smooth enough to paint. That is if you ignore the satellite aerial cable emerging
from the wall. And the chimney breast stone is all cleaned up.
The others are well on the way to being smooth enough to paint, but I reckon they will
need a few more rub downs and plaster coats. We've set ourselves some short term objectives, simply to
focus our minds on what needs to be done.
And tomorrow, perhaps well get on with it, except its a light work day!
Day 388, Sunday 29th May
Light work day today. The work was so light, as I'm writing this in Tuesday, I've
already forgotten what we did. I remember going round to Mick and Tracy's to collect some seedling
courgettes. While we were there, the courgettes, onions and something else and of course they had to be
planted when we got home.
But tomorrow, back to work.