Saturday, 15 September 2018

Just Work!

Yesterday and this morning, it was back to work in the Swimming Pool, yesterday I did another two meters of de-grouting, and then re-grouting


I have to do it that way now, because we are back to winter, and guaranteed rain every day, but I'll get there.

This morning I removed the last of the broken tiles


and ground down the old adhesive underneath, unfortunately I saw clouds coming over, so replacing those tiles today was out of the question, I will have to drain the water from the pool first thing tomorrow morning, before the standing water does more damage to the untiled area at floor level.

Replacing these tiles will involve some tile cutting, since I don't possess a tile cutter here, I will have to try and do this with the angle grinder.

Otherwise things have been reasonably quiet, and hopefully they stay that way.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

It Sounds Like a New Car

On Monday, I took the Montero to Bello and left it with the Mechanic as planned, then went with Marcela to the shop, where, I then borrowed her car for the morning, and headed into the City, to a place that sells cardboard boxes, it was worth the trip, by going there, I bought them at $5664 COP (£1.43) each, as opposed to buying them on MercadoLibre (Colombia's eBay) for $12900 COP (£3.26) each, I bought thirty, they are now stored in the workshop, whilst waiting for a buyer for the house. From there I went to Makro, and stocked up whilst I was passing.

It was then time to head back to the shop to collect Marcela, I arrived about 40 minutes before she was due to finish, but the Mother-in-law arrived early, and told her to leave.

Tuesday morning, a Comisionista came to the house about 8.45am, and took photos and video, to place both on his site, and on social media, shortly afterwards, we had a call from another Comisionista to say he wanted to bring a couple to view the house that afternoon, so it was just as well everything had been spruced up for the photo session. Marcela was worried, because she had to work, and wanted to be here, but I persuaded her that viewing, even with me, was better than cancelling, and risking losing a sale. However the couple were so poker faced, it was hard to tell what they were thinking, my impression, is that they are not interested, if they are it will be a big surprise, but to date we have had no feedback.

Tuesday night, I had a call from the Mechanic, to say the work was completed on the Montero, therefore I arranged to go for it the following morning.

The following morning, Marcela was leaving early to go into the City to buy stock, so I hitched a lift, like always with Javier being a roadside Mechanic, and not having a premises, we had to walk round paying all the bills for parts used, that done I paid Javier his cut, the car now sounds totally different, more like a petrol engine and not a diesel! He also adjusted the handbrake for me, but I think it may be a bit tight, I'll give it a couple of days, then I might have to call and see him, if it doesn't free up.

Today, I went with Marcela, she had been recalled for a second MRI, she only received the call on Tuesday, so we are a bit worried as to why the urgency, however they refused to tell her anything, other than, not to worry, so we will just have to wait. Two hours later, and we were on hour way back, stopping in Bello for lunch, and then we parted ways, Marcela had left her car there, and went to work, I headed home.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

A Shame!

It's a shame, the man came last night, and liked the place, but he does not want to take out a loan, and the other property he has seen will take the cash from his house, plus an apartment he owns, unfortunately that does not equate to our price, and I am not taking out a loan for the balance needed to buy the apartment, as nice as it is. Now we are back in the hands of the Comisionistas, in the hope they can find us a buyer.

This morning we went to see the same man's house in Bello, it is definitely smaller than ours, but it is doable, it would also be the first prefabricated house we have owned, apparently they are built to move with the shocks of tremors and earthquakes, which would save me a lot of maintenance work. The house lends itself to be altered to our needs, and the garden is big enough to put a prefabricated workshop. Yes, we like it a lot, now we just have to hope we can sell before another buyer comes along.

On the way home we diverted into Copacabana and bought fiambres for lunch, or as it turned out, brunch, Marcela was starving as she was late getting up for our house viewing, so hadn't eaten.

This afternoon we have relaxed, it will be an early start tomorrow, as I have to have the montero in Bello for 8am, and will be without it for two days, whilst having the valved removed and ground, and replace the timing belt. Hopefully that will keep her going for a while longer. Also she is due her annual Mechanical test at the beginning of next month, so hopefully after this she will fly through it.