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My first Sunday without Email

Steps outside of BedrockIt’s a weird feeling – I’ve not been without a barrage of email for over a decade – and here I am up a the top of a mountain – with no email! It’s quite nice actually! Today was painting day – I did my community work for the autumn (I hope nearby residents are reading this) and painted the steps. Note the plant is growing! Which means our watering system is working.. just need to hide the black pipe now.

When we all first came here, the place looked wonderful, everything was white – sadly due to crappy builders the white didn’t last long… I hope I’m starting to get to grips with this – the steps are a combination of Plastica paint and external plaster – only time will tell if it lasts… but it looks lovely for now! Took me most of the day (well, that and making a complete hash of the Plastica paint which is now set rock solid in the container! I’m off to Lidl tomorrow to see if I can get some more.

We have our new wall up and once my builder’s been back to straighten up the posts!!!  We’ll be fitting a gate and it’ll all look lovely.

A reminder below of how the place DID look like until a couple of weeks ago – way too open… well, it doesn’t look like that any more – once it’s been properly rendered and a couple of fixes done I’ll take another panorama with the new look to it! I’m still thinking we should move the pergola to where the door is to put a nice bit of shadow on the door…. which would leave enough room for a nice big pool!! But that might have to wait until next year.

It’s a quiet night – indeed – there is no-one here but me… I was out and about this morning giving Maureen (back in the UK) the video guided tour (she had the grandkids over one of whom was fascinated by the cave, the other is ..well, just that age where you mustn’t look TOO interested in anything) and I noted the complete absence of noise and people! I understand I’m to expect some company this week but I’m hoping the weather will keep up, I’m looking forward to a quiet spot of reading… and some nice wine of course. Got Val De Condez with me right now – a pleasant Rose, a break from my normal white.

The OLD look minus the wall

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