Thursday, 24 May 2018

Back to Work

The Barbers didn't open yesterday, and up until now (2.15pm) it hasn't opened today, so all has been quiet...famous last words!

So this morning, I got stuck in, I took the dogs for their walk, loaded the washing machine, gave the bird table a scrub, had 20 minutes on the treadmill, then it was time for breakfast, before doing proper work!

I cut some 2x4 timber into 1 3/4 x 1 1/4 battens, and then drilled and screwed them to the wall in the office.

These along with the two units will support the new desk top, and once the desk top is in place, I will sort out that jungle of cabling, nearly all of that you can see hanging down the wall is from the CCTV system, it was in a spiral cable tidy, which I had to remove this morning.

The battens now in place, it was then time to start some electrics, one existing double plug had to be moved, and I have installed a second, on the wall to the right, is another, and I want to add a further two. This wont overload the system, because most of the items are only used occasionally. Hopefully I will finish the electrics tomorrow, after I have been shopping, and then, I just have to paint the walls, which shouldn't take longer than an hour, possibly two, and then I can finish the desk top, and install it.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Time for Action!

It really is a shame, I have had no problems in Colombia, until a local who I will refer to as our 'friend', thinks he can do exactly as he wants bought the properties either side of us, and I know I have gone on about this before, but you might as well have the whole saga.

Firstly he bought a one storey Finca, demolished it, and with a building permit for 'Repair' not 'New Build', he built a Building Supplies shop, which is about one and a half storeys high, with an apartment above, it did block out some of our view, but was not as bad as we first thought, and other than the fact it is not big enough for them, and they continually use the road to dump sand, gravel, which sometimes is brought on a Friday, and not moved until Monday, also they block the road with their vehicles, causing passing traffic to damage our property, it is not too bad!

However he then bought an illegal building on the other side of us, which was originally just a garage, but before we arrived, that had been turned into a Stationers shop for the local kids, and the owners brother illegally build an apartment above. The building is still illegal, mainly because it is three storeys high, and in rural areas you are only allowed two. However the brother sold the apartment to another brother, who also bought out his sister, so he had the whole building, but then started to add to it, so ourselves and another neighbour effected commenced legal action, in the middle of this, our 'friend' bought the building, and further extended it.

How he gets away with it I have no idea, we had the Town Hall come and do an inspection, and they said he will have to demolish the third floor, and block all the windows, because they access directly onto our land, there is no space between, and there has to be at least three meters. The building doesn't even have a septic tank there is no land to put one on, all their waste goes directly into the stream. However this process has to go to the next stage, and here comes the problem, the town hall are so far behind with their 'audiencias' (both sides attend and put their case) that they are still dealing with 2017, or so they say.

In the mean time, our 'friend' has leased the shop to Druggies, supposedly as a Barbers Shop, and the Apartment to another Druggie, who is the brother of the lad managing the Building Supplies, and the youth who was rampaging with a knife outside two months ago, he is dealing drugs from the property, the lads come openly every night, and the smell is terrible at times, but the Police show no interest. Our relationship has rapidly deteriorated, because they think every complaint comes from us, when in fact, very few do to avoid hassle, we know of many others.

To top this off, yesterday, they waited for Marcela to leave for work, and came to the gate mob handed, and accused me of ripping open their bin bags and putting the rubbish on their front, they didn't want to hear that another neighbours dogs had been the culprits, and I had no interest in making matters worse, I have security video footage of them doing this. They said I had to respect them... I think that was the final straw, because I told them that was the best joke I had heard this year, and shut the gate.

When I spoke to Marcela, who had gone for an appointment before work, she was up in arms, but I thought no more of, it, until the phone went, it was Marcela asking me to open the gate for her car, she had come home to deal with it.

I knew there was no stopping her, those of you who know me, know I am outspoken, but nothing compared with Marcela, so I went with her, to see the lad who manages the Building Supplies because he had been the mouthpiece for the others at the start, the youth running the Barbers Shop was called over, and he was totally arrogant, and when he faced up to Marcela, almost nose to nose, I pushed him back, and stood between them, before one or the other took a swing, it was then just a shouting match, because he had no intention of listening to Marcela about the rubbish or their parking of motorcycles obstructing our entrance, the culmination of this was he said the we 'were dead'!
Heat of the moment... possibly, but here life is cheap, and threats like this can't be taken lightly.

Marcela did the right thing, she rang our 'friend', and told him what was going on, being the owner of the buildings, she asked for a meeting, which will probably be next week, and told him and in the mean time we were blocking his windows from our side, due to the problems, and they would stay blocked until the situation is resolved, which we did, before she returned to work.

I made sure all our security measures were working and in place,, but fortunately the rest of the day past peacefully, and when Marcela returned, as soon as they heard me opening the gate, they were out moving the bikes, which makes me think they are more mouth than action, but looks can be deceiving. Anyway Marcela informed me that she has spoken to the Commandant of the local National Police, and sought his advise, also she intends to go to the Fiscal, which is the Department that deals with all things criminal, but we need some more information before heading there.

This is a situation we could well do without!

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Poorly Dog!

Poor old Tito has been suffering the last couple of weeks, he had a skin irritation at his back end, and we have been treating it with antibiotic spray, but this morning I decided that it was time to visit the Vet.

As we are only ten days away from the time both dogs are due for their annual vaccinations, I decided to kill two birds with one stone, and took Pepe with me as well. they were both very well behaved, which was a surprise, but I had some disturbing news, Tito has a flea infestation, Pepe suffered from this when he was a puppy, but both dogs receive their Frontline every month.

The Vet, frowned, and told me 'This is Colombia' and went on to tell me that what is 'ON' the packet is not necessarily what is 'IN' the packet, as there are many 'contraband' medications' brought in from Venezuela, and Brazil, as genuine items, and this causes a lot of problems. The vaccinations have been postponed until next week, as Tito can't have his with his current medication.

As a result Tito is on a weeks course of medication and they have been prescribed a different anti flea medication 'Bravecto'  which only has to be given every three months, and comes in the form of a cake, it looks and smells like a Brownie, and Pepe wolfed his down, but Tito true to form licked at it but refused to eat it, so I opened some of his meat and mixed that, but again it looks as if he is ignoring it, so I took up his bowl, and will see if he will eat it at his normal time this evening.

His other tablet, I forced down the back of his throat, and also injection some other medicine down at the same time. I can see that the next week is going to be fun...not! but if it does the trick...

Now it is time to cut hedges, the desk will have to wait until Thursday now, as I am out tomorrow.