Thursday, 16 August 2018

Summer's Back!

There are times that I don't envy people having to work, and today was one of them, it has been an absolute scorcher.

I started the day but doing the usual chores, then nipped down town, and did the shopping. On my return it was time to get stuck in to some work, weed killing, tidying up under the hedge, and then the vacuum came out, after two days of rain there was a good half inch of water in the pool again, so that all had to be drained.  Yes, I know, if I got on with the renovation work, I wouldn't have to worry about it, I will get back to the work, but I have had my attention diverted away from it for a week or so, with preparing tax returns, medical appointments etc. which reminds me, I had my brain scan yesterday, but I have to go back for the results next week, and even then I doubt if I will be any the wiser, until I see the Psychiatrist, whenever that might be.

Once I had finished draining the pool, it was time to get out of the sun, which was really strong today, it is weird at the moment, when considering yesterday, I wore a sleeveless jacket all morning, as it was grey and wet. I moved into the workshop, and started preparing some 2x4s to make a support to go in the pool to drape the original cover back over.

This afternoon, after Marcela had left for work, I moved everything into the pool and set to work

It was easier this way, because I could use the walls of the pool to support the frame

Now, I have just got to jet wash the cover, and see if this support works, it is well braced, so there is no reason why it shouldn't, provided I can get the cover sufficiently taught, so the rain water does not pool.

That done, it was time for a shower, so upstairs and enjoyed the views out of the bedroom window

before jumping into what turned out to be a freezing shower, I still don't know what was wrong with the heater, it's working fine now, but it was certainly a refreshing shower!

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

We Are Going To Have To Move

Yesterday, went went for my appointment with the Accountant, paid her bill, gave her the cake we bought for her, although I have to admit, I was sorely tempted...hahaha! Then I took Marcela for lunch before she went to work.

I have my brain scan tomorrow, but at the moment I can't get a Psychiatric appointment until November, so we are looking at going private to bring that forward.

However I am getting seriously worried as to what is happening to me, I seem to be losing all control. Yesterday we again had damage caused by a delivery lorry to Agrozarzal, he building supply business owned by 'Enimigo'.

Because of vehicles parked outside the business, the Dumper pulled forward outside ours, to close his tailgate, but there wasn't sufficient room, so he just forced it through my hedge, ripping part of it out, damaging a significant part, which I have trimmed back this morning, but I am not sure whether it will regrow.

As a result I went out, I was steaming, and as there were two of them, I took my wooden stave with me, which I shouldn't have done, they denied causing the damage, as is always the case, which sent my blood pressure through the roof, and I lost the plot...

It is obvious that there is no respect for people's property here, and by here I mean locally, I have now started house hunting, and maybe it is time for me to accept that this move, may have to be back into town, which will mean no workshop, well not on the scale I have now, and I know the dogs won't like it, that will also mean more walking for me, which might be a good thing. It won't be a quick move, it never is over here, we really need to get a valuation on this property first to find out what our budget will be, whatever we get for this, we lose 10% in tax, and whatever the commission will be to sell, we will start making some enquiries.

In the mean time, if Enimigos staff want a war, I will give them one.

This morning I nipped down to town to pay my income tax for last year, now that's out of the way, I can forget about it until next August.

It has been a horrible day, it rained all night, after I got back from town I hoovered most of the water out of the pool, when it started again, and it hasn't stopped since. It's the first rain we have had in a week or so, but at least it is still warm.

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Long May It Continue

This has to be too good to be true... Yesterday the renters arrived in the Finca de Recreo alongside us, and it was obviously going to be one hell of a bash, they put up screening at the back so we couldn't see, well it certainly wasn't to block out the noise! Then the party arrived, and once dark, the volume went up, laser lights started firing in every direction, and a microphone was put into use as well, well over the top.

Mid evening, Marcela decided it was time to put the action plan into being, so she rang the central control, the police station, and the Secretaria de Gobierno of Copacabana, and about 40 minutes later the double manned bike patrol arrived.

The Patrol was there about 40 minutes, and as they left, the volume was turned right down, we believed this was because finally, after four plus years, the Mayor has issued a Decreto to control the noise from all premises, and if it is found to be above a certain level, the Alcaldía turn out their Cut-off Man, who cuts the electric at the meter, this is off for 12 hours, and the offending Finca is also issued with a $800.000 COP  (£210) fine. The only problem is that this Decreto only has a life of six months, why we don't yet know, I suspect it is because the Mayor will then be out of Office, and you can bet, that like all the Mayors before him, he comes away with a 'fica de recreo' in his pocket, in which case he wont want any restrictions.

Marcela spoke with the Secretaria de Gobierno this morning, and she said that but for her being tied up with a sick relative, she would have come and cut the electric last night, but it seems the threat alone worked.  Today the Sec de Gobierno along with the Police and the Cut-off man have been out mid morning, and cut the power to a number of Fincas de Recreo who have continued to disobey the Decreto.

Long may this continue, I hope that it is not just a passing fad, and they get fed up with the calls, and ignore everyone again, I am hoping that the Fincas will get the message, and advise their 'Renters' before it becomes an issue.

This morning I spent gardening, I cut all the hedges, and the grass, then went out and tidied up in the road, and because I also did outside one of the neighbours, she came out with a fruit juice, as it was so hot, nice of her!

We then went out for lunch to celebrate, what has been a good result this week-end.