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Wasted Wednesday

Peter ScargillWell, not exactly wasted but most of our plans went out of the window.

It was probably around 38 degrees today – again… the insects are on top form and I woke up in the morning with my legs looking like they’d done a few rounds in Afghanistan… absolutely pebble-dashed with attacks. I can’t say they hurt but they look worrying, made worse by the stuff I have for them which turns white when it dries – no street-cred AT ALL. The thing is – we have mesh on all the windows. The buggers must crawl in at floor level…. today’s bedroom spray will hopefully put pay to any remaining nasties.

The external socket is now up and running – and my network wiring is now tidily fastened to the outside of the house instead of the inside!! Internal switching to control the rope-light is up and running (the plan next trip is to use more efficient LED rope-lighting and also light up the side of the steps so I figured I may as well get the mains part of it finished as there is no way I’m buying LED rope light here). I can do simple control via the cameras (which have on-off control systems) but the idea of asking the local hardware store for a relay is just beyond my imaginative capabilities so that’ll wait until October.

House we passed on the way to the lakeWe never made it to the lake, I took most of the morning to get my jobs done – along with another round of “absolutely urgent” Federation emails to handle – I’m doing this VERY differently next year, the organisation will manage if I die so they can manage if I’m on holiday…  and so we spent part of the afternoon chatting to our neighbour and the rest in the jacussi playing “catch the wasp”. I’ve done a spot of painting this evening – the cheap paint we bought in BAZA is just that, cheap – helped immensely by a shovel of plaster (in the early days of business, my business partner Aidan and I moved into a place with absolutely atrocious walls and we were broke – so we got some cheap paint, mixed it with plaster and simultaneously covered all the cracks and painted the walls at the same time… I’ve not forgotten that trick). The house in the photo? Oh, that’s just something we passed on the way home yesterday… we decided to take the country route just outside of BAZA and BOY did we find out how the other half live…  some lovely properties, no more than 3 or 4 of them in a kilometre drive WAY up in the hills… someone has money.

Tomorrow morning, Tony our builder is coming over to tile the BBQ and hopefully put my drip feed timer inside the lean-to (to protect it in the winter). Maureen and I are planning a trip to the market and perhaps the lake thereafter and Friday (I’m getting quite excited) we’re off down south to stay at a (hopefully) lovely hotel at something like 5000 ft above sea level – I’m hoping to get to the top of the mountain armed with camera as it’s above the lowest cloud level and with SNOW on the top – Kodak moments are just waiting for me!!!

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