Thursday, 11 April 2019

End of Yet Another Chapter

We had a lovely eight days away in the Dominican Republic, the Resort ( I would not describe it as a Hotel, as it is laid out in buildings over a large area) was up to scratch and more, contrary to many of the reviews we had read.

We arrived home on Monday evening, and on Tuesday, the bad news just kept on coming, my Bike is far more poorly than had been first thought, my Mechanic, couldn't work on it, it needed specialist tools being an import, he had had someone from Medellin come to look at the Royal Enfield, and the quote was three million pesos, I nearly dropped on the spot, but at the end of the day, it has to be done, or scrapped, so I gave the go ahead, how long it will take is anyone's guess.

I checked the coolant on the Nissan X-Trail and ended up putting two and a half litres in, after a lot of checking, we saw it dripping out underneath, there is a leak, hopefully the hose was not reconnected properly, but the lad who cleaned out the radiator may have damaged it in the process, we will know more tomorrow, because it is going back to Marcela's Uncle first thing in the morning, once that is sorted, we are selling it, yet another loss! I hate the car, and want another Montero, if we can find one, they are reliable and parts are cheap, and easy to find.

As for the house, there has been no further interest, so we have reduced the price, in the hope that it will generate more Viewers.

As a result of all this, I have realised that all I seem to write about is the things going wrong in our life, and so I am putting my Blog to bed once again. I am not removing or closing it, because if and when we sell the house and move, hopefully our luck will change, and I'll get the incentive to start Blogging again, but for now, it just looks depressing.

Thanks to those of you who have followed our daily lives, and hopefully we will meet up again in the future.

Sunday, 31 March 2019


I've been taking it easy this week, Marcela's orders...I don't always listen, but I was happy to do very little this week.

We have made the decision that the Nissan X-Trail is going to have to go, it has been a very costly experience, and we are still not happy with it, so when we get back from holidays, we are selling it, I think I have persuaded Marcela that even an older Montero is better than any Nissan.

The bike on the other hand, I am really enjoying, unfortunately it developed a knock mid week, I took it to the Mechanic, who thinks it may be the valve, so I dropped it off with him yesterday, and he has all week to sort it out, I will ring him on our return to see if it is ready. Whilst down town, I went to the Dentist to have my stitches out, and they gave me an appointment to finish the work they started.

Tonight, well the early hours we leave for our week in the Dominican Republic, I am looking forward to the break, but we have seen mixed reviews on the country, so we'll travel with an open mind. The dogs know something is up, they are not happy, but Henry arrived on Friday, and he will look after them and the house.

There are definite advantages to having the internet, I have been able to obtain our flight tickets, Check-in to the airport for both legs of the journey, and obtain our Boarding Passes, it really cuts down on queuing  time. I have also been able to Book into the Hotel on-line, now I just have to hope that they have our transport waiting at the Airport.

That's me done for a week at least, unless I get bored, and they have a good wi-fi connection!

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Teething Problems

The last week has been totally upside down, it started with a visit to the Dentist for a clean and some work, I was ready to scream at them, because I had had my annual check up three weeks before, and at the time the Dentist had done a lot of prodding, where they had been pain free all year, by the time she had finished, I had problems.

I arrived for the clean, which is normally done first, but this youngster decided she would do the work first, and before she started said it might take more than one appointment, I told that I hoped not, I had waited three weeks, and they knew what work was needed, and should have allowed the time.

Anyway she got underway, drilled, filled and drilled again in the same spot, then stopped, and said I needed an x-ray, which she took, then said I needed an extraction, as the tooth was bad, where it entered the bone. I told her to get on with it then, but she said she could do no more until it had been authorised by my Provider. She said good-bye then started to walk off, I was fuming, and asked her about the clean and other work, she shrugged her shoulders, I said you have started work on the tooth, knowing I am going on holiday next week, left me with a big hole, and I know that if I have trouble whilst away, my insurance wont cover it, knowing I was in the middle of treatment. She told me that if the authorisation didn't come through I could go to the Emergency treatment.

I left, and informed Marcela, who climbed the roof, firstly she rang them, but the girl, which is what she was, was busy, so after work she went and confronted her, and seeing Marcela with her eyes popping out of her head, is no fun event! She agreed to try and get the authorisation rushed through, or arrange for me to attend for emergency treatment.

That night, I went down with a virus, and spent the next two days in bed or the bathroom, the authorisation for dental treatment couldn't be rushed, so that left me Saturday for the treatment, if I wanted it before our hols, however Friday night, it was still touch and go, as to whether I would have recovered sufficiently to sit through it.

Saturday morning, I went, fortunately saw another Dentist with more experience, who after world war three, managed to get the tooth out, she said it was one of the biggest she had seen, which in turn means I now have an extra big gap, and at the moment four stitches, which I have to have out next Saturday.

How things the past Dentists have all told me to swill my mouth regularly with warm water and salt, but my Dentist, said no, definitely not, just keep it clean, and no exercising for three days on anything that results in puffing air in and out of my mouth.

There has been some pain, but nothing unbearable, the first two days I lived on Marcela's homemade soup, which were very tasty, now I am eating normally, well within reason, as I am not sure I have totally shaken off the virus, as my stomach keeps reminding me.

This morning, I have been hedgecutting and some other gardening, before the rains come down again later.

I will leave some gardening for Henry, who will be here looking after the house and the boys whilst we are away. He is arriving on Friday.