05
- November
2018
Posted By : Hester
Nov-5: Roof over our heads

Roof

We ordered roof plates. For starters just for the part of the house that doesn’t have a roof. Problem was: how to get them over here? The supplier was not allowed to bring them, because according to his permit he is allowed to transport a maximum of 7 meters. He advised us to hire a transport company in the area and that proved to be a success! Last Friday Antonio appeared and to our surprise he had a crane and put the plates right on the roof. The next day Michael and Rhys (British neighbours, father and son) came by to help us put them in place. Alex then fastened them with 120 screws and sealed the holes with 20 cans of purfoam. We have a roof over our heads! Next job is a tough one: to make a passage between the kitchen and the pantry. Look at the huge stones that wall is built up of!

Dog update

They start to settle in, come to you when you whistle and don’t fight over food anymore. Carlos is slowly regaining his strength. His white nose is not from old age, because according to Dr. Ana he is about six years old. Pluto is about 1 year old, a real baby and we have some good laughs because of him. The gentlemen eat as dockers.

Last Wednesday we took them to the vet. Dr. Ana vaccinated and chipped both of them. We left Pluto with her to be sterilised, because omg, what a testosteron bomb! We went to pick him up by the end of the afternoon. Carlos turned out to have a double ear infection. Dr. Ana has cleaned his ears and smeared a medical ointment. She will do that again tomorrow. He is doing better every day and doesn’t look so sad anymore.

Terrain

It is unrecognisable. Look at the pictures below and find the differences. The photo to the left was taken in May of this year, the photo to the right was taken today. On the terraces behind the gîte were a lot of small, half burned acacia trees. It is a different kind than we have on the campsite; these do not have thorns, fortunately. It’s quite hard work to cut them (with the big, bad brushcutter that goes rather quickly) and then untangle the mikado into manageable stacks. When Pedro comes, he can bring them down with his JCB, where we can burn them. Last week we passed by the bombeiros (fire department). If you give them a call in advance, you are allowed to make a fire. Yesterday we burned the remnants from the goats stable and smoked out the neighbours…. We take them out to dinner tomorrow to make it up to them!

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