Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Thursday, November 12, 2020
It has been a long time since I have visited these pages and filled you in on what is going on. I won't get into the world situation as we all have different stories and ideas and none of them are relevent here. I will make the exception in saying that I have not seen my mother in a year and it is something that I find really hard to bear on a daily basis. I will go any way I can at the end of the year and bear the two week quarantine locked in a hotel before seeing her, so near yet so far. This is also an extra cost on top of the air ticket which is more than usual. I have never gone so long without seeing her and it is a struggle each day on the phone to keep her moral up.
In the new house here things are on hold in many ways. I moved in and tried to make space and find essentiel things but then I discovered that half the house didn't have electricity so any idea of painting and decorating until that was fixed was out of the question. I have rooms with no electrics at all and other with faulty sockets. On top of that the second floor of four rooms had to be stripped back to the roof tiles and insulated and plastered then electrics so that was also something on hold until a builder could be booked. Since a few days the second floor has been started and this coming week it will be plastered and a new dormer window fitted. I won't describe the mess and dust, it has to be borne. Today someone came to clean the chimney and we discovered that it is blocked up on the roof level so that has to be fixed soon before xmas fires can be lit. An electricien is due to come to make an estimate of the work but he will not be free until february march next year to do the work. I am also having the side courtyard paved to get rid of the sand and gravel that keeps coming into the house each day and scratches the marble floors. My three bathrooms are all faulty and that will soon be fixed along with the newly painted kitchen ceiling that was damaged when the guest room shower leaked downwards!
I add that this is a rental and as much as I don't mind doing most of the work and investing in what is my home and surroundings, it is somewhat frustrating. Luckilly the owner is paying for most of what I just detailed.
I paid some men a lot of money to fill three trucks of junk that littered the garden then someone else came to chop down 15 trees that still need to be shredded of taken away. I have been able to obtain another outbuilding that will become the main workshop for furniture restoration and heavy repairs. It needs new electrics and insulation and the doors fixed but it's a good space.
On the upside, my best friends decided to follow me here and leave their life in Paris and I negociated the ground floor appartment that used to be the doctors surgery, built under the upper floor terraces. They help a lot and take me shopping and junking and we cook meals together and anything heavy to be lifted, they are there. My big dog Lady has adopted them and she spends most of her time with them and sleeps with them now. My little Dora never leaves my side especially now that she is slightly deaf.
Until the second floor is finished the house is full of boxes and bin liners of fabrics that will all go live upstairs until the house is painted and decorated. In december I will start the raised vegetable beds and that is a huge job that needs great weather and stamina. Each bed will be 4 x 2 metres and 50cms high so it's a lot to fill and there are 3 of them. My local saw mill is going to prepare all the Douglas Fir needed for longevity.
I sorted out my workroom and set up my work table and even bought a mid century cabinet that I placed on wheels to set up Ramsay House on for when I can get back to my miniature work. I knew that moving into what I consider my final house was going to be hard but I am patient and it will be great one day.
So I spend my time doing things that I never imagined I would find time for for years to come like covering chairs and painting furniture.
This project was a rather damaged tiled top mid century coffee table that I kept for its legs. I paid ten euros for it. It took me ages to get the top off and the old wax stripped. I then reinforced the top with three cross bars and laid some mdf on top of that before upholstering with severl old pillows and a quilt.