Tuesday, 7 December 2021

Topping the walls

I was fully expecting today to be a fully inside working day, particularly with how torrential the rain was when I first woke up.

Getting the day started
Getting the day started
Drilling for wires
Drilling for wires
Cement mixer is going
Cement mixer is going
Polishing the cement
Polishing the cement
Darkness falls at the end of the day
Darkness falls at the end of the day

As it turned out the rain stopped and largely stayed away, other than a few very short showers, so Bekir and Halil were able to spend all day outside and getting the cement toppers done on both raised beds. They had to complete the wooden shutters initially and then got the mixer going and spent the day putting the cement in the forms and then polishing it carefully to get a good finish. It was very dark by the time they wrapped up for the night. Bekir said today "there's a lot of playing around with this task" and he is right. There have been lots of fiddly little tasks to do that have taken time. We're finally slowly getting there though.

Having a laugh by the tree
Having a laugh by the tree
Rosie setting up the skittles again
Rosie setting up the skittles again
Hitting the badminton shuttle
Hitting the badminton shuttle

When Rosie came home and after her snack I had a lovely time with her playing by the tree, then she got the skittles out and we played with them for a while and then I found some badminton stuff and she was having fun with that as well. She's trying out so much stuff now, it's great.

There it is; another day done. I really hope we get to the chicken enclosure soon!

Monday, 6 December 2021

A lovely weekend, a damp Monday

 It's Monday once more and what a lovely weekend we had.

Rosie sitting on the chest on the trolley
Rosie sitting on the chest on the trolley
A big bounce, before a bum-landing
A big bounce, before a bum-landing
Soaking after the splash
Soaking after the splash
An absolutely stunning sunrise
An absolutely stunning sunrise
New light fitting up in the roof space
New light fitting up in the roof space
The sunset is reflected in the balcony
The sunset is reflected in the balcony
Leaving for dinner
Leaving for dinner
Rosie in the play area
Rosie in the play area

Saturday was a bit dull and raining but we still got out in the morning to pick up some more storage for Rosie's play room before coming home and (after a nice chat with Grandma and Auntie Nods) there was time to bounce on the trampoline and then the sun suddenly came out so we wrapped up warm and went for a big splash in the big puddle in the lane. It was a lot of fun. Sunday was a busy day all round, it started off with a beautiful sunrise and ended up being a beautiful day, though very windy at times. I did a bit of tidying upstairs and fitted a new light in the roof space. In the evening we went out for dinner to our favourite restaurant, leaving the School as the sun set and returning after a very fun evening (lots of play for Rosie, and good food as well) after dark. A lovely weekend indeed.

Halil working to get the drainage in
Halil working to get the drainage in
More stones for drainage
More stones for drainage
I even lit the fire today
I even lit the fire today
Shuttering goes up around the raised beds
Shuttering goes up around the raised beds

And so to today; it has been so changeable weather with the sun shining one minute and torrential rain the next; really unpleasant and horrible for the men working outside. The first task of the day was digging out the rest of the drainage from the garden area, this involved some breaker work outside in the side path but was done quickly. I was again busy and didn't get out much, though I did run and get a quick picture of the rest of the stones being delivered for the garden. The men went to get more electrical cable so they can put new lights up in the balcony but then the changeable weather struck again and the rain stopped briefly so they actually spent the rest of the day outside shuttering the top of the raised beds so they can pour concrete tomorrow and finish them off. We did get a quote for the glazing of the raised beds and it was so expensive we've decided to leave it for now.

Tidy play room (for a few minutes at least)
Tidy play room (for a few minutes at least)

Angela has been super busy today cleaning and tidying and reorganising and she got the new storage, that Rosie and I picked up on Saturday, into the play room and it is so much better now!

And that is that; back tomorrow, thanks for reading.

Friday, 3 December 2021

Long day of drilling

Today has been a long tough day for the men; a lot of uncomfortable work but they kept smiling.

A shot of very early morning
A shot of very early morning
Later on as the sun finally shows up
Later on as the sun finally shows up
Drilling out drainage holes
Drilling out drainage holes
Stones laid for beneath the path
Stones laid for beneath the path
More stones being spread
More stones being spread
Halil breaks through for the main drain
Halil breaks through for the main drain

I was up very early to get a picture of the very early morning (can you see the moon?) but then fell back to sleep and missed the best of it, according to Angela. Still, it was a very lovely morning both times I looked. The men were in on time and while I was incredibly busy all day and couldn't get outside that much they cracked on with drilling out the drains for the raised bed (the drill kept on over heating and they had to stop to let it cool down) and then they started to bring stones over and lay them down to allow the drains to work. In the bottom corner of the garden area they knocked a larger section through and will then put a pipe in to really drain the water away.

Rosie watching the train
Rosie watching the train

I finished work to welcome Rosie home and then had a fun time with her before dinner time playing in the lounge, watching the train go round and round the tree, then trampoline time and then playing guitar time. It's a lot of fun, but exhausting.

So another week done; I'll be back on Monday. Thanks for reading.

Thursday, 2 December 2021

A slightly slower day

Today has been a slower day, for me and for the men though Angela has got lots done.

A glorious sunrise
A glorious sunrise
Angela makes a start on the second tree
Angela makes a start on the second tree
The window people just leaving
The window people just leaving
Trying to fix his drill
Trying to fix his drill
Lots of stones to aid drainage
Lots of stones to aid drainage
Such a lovely looking tree
Such a lovely looking tree
Thin skim to slightly waterproof the raised beds
Thin skim to slightly waterproof the raised beds

The sunrise was again lovely, it is awesome to see this from my office window, but I was relatively busy again today so I didn't get outside that much. Angela started to put up the second tree, down in the library, and cleaned the room out as well. Mid morning the window people came to talk about our plans for removable windows on top of the raised bed and have gone away to quote it up. Halil was trying to fix his drill and found a part that he needed but we cannot buy it anywhere. I missed the delivery but we also had some stones delivered that will be used in a layer at the bottom of the raised bed. We seem to be at that stage where the project felt like it was done but there is still days of effort to put in; quite frustrating. To this end today the men spent all day applying a skim of plaster to the inside of the raised bed. Inside Angela had done an awesome job putting the tree up and it looks lovely.

Rosie at the Christmas Park
Rosie at the Christmas Park
Bouncing with her Christmas hat on
Bouncing with her Christmas hat on
A cardboard box house
A cardboard box house

And so I collected Rosie from school today and we stopped off in town to see the Christmas lights. She had a great time running around and playing before we headed home. Back at home I had cleaned the tracks on the Christmas layout and the train ran perfectly round and round and we watched it for ages before heading onto the balcony for some trampoline fun. After dinner Angela made Rosie a cardboard box house.

And so the day is done; back again tomorrow.

Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Third course and Christmas Tree

Today's update is in two parts, and you can guess those parts by the title. Onwards...

An incredible sunrise that Rosie was stunned by
An incredible sunrise that Rosie was stunned by
Bekir fixing the door
Bekir fixing the door
Trying to shift the nut on this regulator
Trying to shift the nut on this regulator
Laying bricks, middle of the morning
Laying bricks, middle of the morning
End of the day the blocks are all laid
End of the day the blocks are all laid
Another little fire
Another little fire

I had a very bad night sleep and worked most of the night before getting a couple of hours sleep. I was woken just in time to see the most incredible sunrise, and to say bye to Rosie before she headed to school. Bekir noticed that one of our doors was hanging slightly off so fixed it for us then he and Halil helped to shift a bolt on the regulator we bought for the new heater on the balcony; of course it ended up being the wrong size. With these jobs done they headed outside and basically laid blocks all day. I was super busy as well as being tired so didn't get outside at all however they apparently took Thomas down to pick up some more blocks as they were short about 35 to complete the raised beds. They had done it all by the end of the day and lit a fire to remove waste and warm themselves. Tomorrow will be adding drainage, stones and soil to these raised beds. Very exciting indeed!

Angela starts to get the tree put up
Angela starts to get the tree put up
Rosie hanging a decoration she chose
Rosie hanging a decoration she chose
The star tops the tree off
The star tops the tree off
Fireman Sam advent calendar
Fireman Sam advent calendar
All done for the day
All done for the day

Inside Angela has done an awesome job cleaning the lounge and getting ready for putting the tree up and she did just that during today. It was about half done and waiting for Rosie to come home from school and help with the finishing touches, which she had GREAT fun doing. After dinner it was time for the advent calendar and then Angela and I lifted the Christmas Railway into place, put the tree in the middle, then Rosie helped to stack the presents around it. Seriously a lovely time and it is true that a child makes Christmas even more special.

So there it is; thanks for reading. Back tomorrow.

Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Block work

Today has been another very busy one for me so I got out very few times indeed through the main part of the day. It's been colder but fortunately not rained as much as yesterday.

The sun rises today
The sun rises today
Very wet from the night before
Very wet from the night before
Halil prepares the mixer
Halil prepares the mixer
Cement for block laying
Cement for block laying
Halil bringing blocks
Halil bringing blocks
Wall nicely capped
Wall nicely capped
End wall of the second bay
End wall of the second bay
A cat walked on our wet cement
A cat walked on our wet cement
Burning the weeds
Burning the weeds
Looking down from above
Looking down from above

There was sunshine when the day started, though it clouded over then got bright then clouded over then got bright and that pattern followed through the day. Last night it had rained heavily again and the garden was a muddy mess however the men were in and cracking on, first of all getting the mixer going and then building up off the two block high first bay. After this they spent a fair amount of time pouring the cement topper over the outer wall and that is now totally done. Angela and I had to go out to collect Thomas from the garage again and by this time they were putting the final blocks on the second bay. Tomorrow I think will involve building up the surrounding ground level and then putting the 3rd course on; we are now expecting the missing blocks tomorrow. While we were out the men did some tidying and clearing and burned a load of roots and just generally tidied the place. It's looking really good; I cannot wait for the paving slabs to go down and finish it all off.

Stunning sunset from the roof terrace
Stunning sunset from the roof terrace
Rosie static hair on the trampoline
Rosie static hair on the trampoline

The sunset this evening was absolutely spectacular and I headed up onto the roof terrace (and appreciated the new tiles while doing it) to get a bunch of pictures. Later on it was play time with Rosie on the balcony and she had all the fun on the trampoline.

So there you are; another day done. Back tomorrow.