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Petanque field & beach!
This week has been more relaxing than last week, mainly because I refused to work. I was really fed up with living in dust, my hands were burning from painting with lime (very corrosive) so I spent most of the days hiding from my BF who is hyperactive and wants to put me to work every chance he gets. We went to town for a big grocery shop I hope will last until after Christmas, there is still a full lamb in the deep freezer and we may buy a turkey for Christmas too. The freezer is repaired, still haven’t heard from the company to see if they will cover their faulty equipment.
The excavation is finished, you can now see what will be the room, and a separation for the bathroom and walk in closet. Hopefully the bathroom will be partly open to an interior garden, and feel like showering outside.
The new room will have stone walls and the workers spent a couple of days digging for stones in our neighbor’s land, which is not really how things should be done but the land is empty and the guys didn’t feel like carrying big stones from further away. If the owner complains, it will have to be to our contractor, who obviously charges us the price of bringing legit stones with a pickup truck. Slightly annoying both for financial and ethical reasons (should I confess that money hurts more?) and that is just the beginning.
With all the excavated earth being thrown to the beach, the Petanque (French bowls game) field is progressing nicely. We are trying to avoid sending the earth to the lake or the beach will get muddy, we could put it on the neighbor’s land to fill the holes from the stones, but that is another step too far…
We now live in a White House! We did all the lime coat painting, inside and out.
Lime is what the Mayans used but they say it may have been why they extinguished, because they used too much wood to burn the lime and were left without a forest to provide food.
From behind you can even see the lake through the roof!
The kitchen was painted white as well
A bit less colorful but you can spot and kill insects right away.
The bathroom is ready and functional with a new door so that both rooms can access it
And this is the new room, a small room with two single beds for guests, we put the door and the mosquito nets, it was also painted and cleaned, now we are ready to host!
And finally my bedroom now has a door and a wall so I don’t have to worry about workers coming in and out of the rest of the house.
The main room will be rented as a Bed and Breakfast when our room is finished. The whole house could be rented as a whole to a family of four, or we could put a door leading to the bedrooms allowing us to rent the rooms and use the kitchen.
This week I am alone at home and have the handyman for myself. That sounded so wrong. I mean he is off the excavation and will be able to prepare a garden for me to sow seeds at the back of the house. Then I am putting it on a last deep cleaning mission. We said ”this is the last deep cleaning” about 50 times and I would rather pay him to do yet another round.
Plus we need to find him some work or we would have to fire him and since we bought him a motorcycle that he is paying back with work, he needs the job. We tried to give him some extra work so he could make extra money, like the 2 weeks excavation during which he made double his monthly salary, but he is now refusing hard missions and says he wants to be back on a monthly salary. He deserves a full post.