Saturday, 19 May 2018

We Have Been a Bit Preoccupied!

OK, so what has been happening over the last couple of days, well Colombia as a whole has been suffering from water problems, and not a lack of it.

A bit further north in Ituango, the Medellin based and owned Power Company EPM are building the biggest Dam in the country, and the other day things went seriously wrong, resulting in twelve towns below the Dam, along the River Cauca, being put on evacuation alert, and those nearest being evacuated immediately. Our concern was for my Father-in-law, Henry, who lives in Caucasia, one of the towns on alert. Marcela asked him to come to us until the emergency was over, but he declined, staing he was at least 50m from the river... that was definitely wishful thinking! However it was then taken out of our hands as the road to Medellin was cut off. Now we just have to hope that EPM can save the Dam, and all those below it.

A bit nearer to home, and the weather has been getting worse and worse, on Friday we had a storm like I have never seen before, and many hear don't remember it being that bad. 100m further up the road at La Chosca, was the scene of devastation.

Fortunately for us, the storm water, went straight down a secondary road, used if the principle road is closed, rather than coming our way.

Indeed, had it come our way, this is probably what we would have encountered, as this is the bottom of that same road.

This morning, I walked there with the boys, and even though it wasn't the best of roads anyway, only passable with the Montero, is is definitely worse now.

Fortunately nobody was injured as a result, although some houses were effected.

Now we have to see what the Town Hall does to help, we have been asking for them to repair the principal road, for years, if they don't now and it continues deteriorating we are going to be trapped. I have a feeling, that we will be left to our own devices, if that is the case I think people will now take to the streets, they have had enough of this Mayor and his corrupt ways.

Today, I did some cleaning, and then changed the blinds in the Office from roller blinds to Venetian, mainly to let in more light whilst having privacy.

I was then waiting for Juan Pablo to come and upgrade our Security Camera system, but he had arranged to come this afternoon, I feared it would be cancelled, because we have lovely weather in the mornings, but storms in the afternoon, and sure enough it started at 1pm, so I spoke with the lad, and cancelled, as I did not want him installing wet cabling, that would rust and fall apart. Now he has said he will come tomorrow morning, we will see, I am certainly not banking on it!

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Short Update

Nothing much to report, I have been making the most of the good weather during the mornings to get a bit done, before the storms roll in during the afternoon, but this means the project is falling behind, and will probably continue to do so until next week.

I think I am going to have to go and see my Family Doctor, before my scheduled Blood Pressure check next month. I am finding myself getting angry more and more, not with anyone or anything else, but with myself. I have always had a bad memory, and have lived with it, but over the past few months, I have started forgetting basic things, which key fits which lock, despite them being colour coded, appointments, despite having a 'To-Do' list on my computer home-screen, where I placed my tools, even though, every tool has it's allotted space, and always has done, then today, I went down to Copacabana to do the shopping, having parked my car I realised I had left my bad with my wallet on the garden table, so had to return, collect it, and then go back to town. It is driving me nuts! Dementia? I hope not, I wouldn't want to put that on Marcela, and I don't like self diagnosing, so a visit to the Doc it will have to be, when I have time.

Having done my shopping I came home stopping off for brunch on the way, then cut some of the neighbour's vegetation, that was encroaching through our fence, and vacuumed the swimming pool, even though I know that after the storm this afternoon, it will probably be as bad as before.

Tomorrow, I have to go to Bello, as I need some more bits, to finish the desk project, not for the desk itself, but new blinds for the office, we are changing from roller blinds to venetian blinds, so we can have light and privacy at the same time.

Saturday, I might get some work done in the morning, but in the afternoon, I am having our security camera system upgraded, with a better camera overlooking the road, which we can zoom, and identify number plates and faces, which at the moment is very hit and miss, that also means having to have a new DVR, which is compatible with the upgraded camera.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Change Tack!

I thought we had had bad weather, but one of the benefits, if you can call it that, of living half way up a mountain, is that although you can get swept away, there is little chance of you getting flooded, and that is exactly what happened in the city of Medellin yesterday.

The tributaries leading into the main river, were overflowing, the river itself broke it's banks, and as a result there was flooding all over the City, I don't think I will be visiting for a day or two!

Also in the other direction, just down the road at Barbosa, they lost a bridge, thank goodness no one was on it.

This will undoubtedly effect local residents in a big way, and knowing how slow the Authorities are to act, it will be for some time.

Today, I woke up to the start of a lovely morning, and that changed my plans immediately, knowing full well that by 3pm the sky will be black and the heavens will open, drowning us once again.

Once Marcela had left for work, out came the hedge trimmer, and the azulina and the curazao had a trim, they are recovering nicely after the barbaric cut they had to endure when I installed the roofing panels behind them.

That done, it was time to cut the grass, I guess this is one of the benefits of using a brush cutter as opposed to a lawn mower, you can cut whilst it is wet. With all the rain, the grass has been growing at an alarming rate, and once cut, I have to admit, I have never seen it look so green. However the brush cutter did struggle, that is the penalty of buying a 'cheap' Chinese copy, when this packs up, which I don't think will be long, I am going to see the Technician I use for repairs, he sells second hand professional versions at a fraction more than I paid for this one, and he will be more disposed to help me out if I need repairs, at the moment, he shakes his head when I walk through the door!