Time Flies!

Blimey, I didn’t realise I had been neglecting my updates, two weeks have flown by, and to be honest, I haven’t got a lot to show for it.

There have been no further updates on my Passport, so true to form, Government Departments working at a snail’s pace, thank goodness I don’t need the passport urgently.

I have been working on and off on the bunkbed staircase, I certainly wish it was going faster, but I keep having to drop my tools to undertake other duties, the outer carcase is now complete

My current phase is the building of the drawers, I had cut the treads for the steps, but then realised I hadn’t allowed for the drawer fronts, so will have to recut some more, that hasn’t caused a problem as such, because I can use the first attempts, to make the drawers, it just meant kicking myself! It is certainly one of the setbacks of not working to plans.

Last Saturday, I gave in to family pressure, and went for an influenza vaccination, I had been receiving texts and emails from my Health Provider to go, but I haven’t had one in years. When in the Police I had a couple, and then during the winter caught flu, I said never again, and had never really suffered more than a ‘man cold’ since, but as age creeps on, maybe it was a sensible decision. I have had no reaction to the jab, and hopefully I am not protected for a year.

We had notification of our electric bill this morning, and it wasn’t good, it had risen again, partly due to the Service provider raising the price for the fourth time this year, but with the Solar it should have reduced if only in part. So Marcela being Marcela, contacted the Installer, who spoke to her civilly this time, and told her that someone with a similar system, had had similar problems, and their showers had blown the Invertor, which is totally contrary to what he had told us, but at least it’s a step forward.

The Engineer said that as a case would be raised with our Service Provider, he wanted to come on Monday, to look at the solar panel that needs replacing, to replace all the supply cable with heavier cable, which makes me think, he should have done that in the first place, and he wants us to change the showers, and gave us two options, one to install solar showers, which would mean at least one tank on the roof, and a lot of plumbing work, including retiling the shower cubicles, which I wasn’t prepared to do. Second option, to take the three showers out of the solar system altogether, and wire them via a separate fuse box, direct to the main breaker in the street, and at the moment that is the way we are going, he did tell Marcela he would do the work (at a cost), but no thanks, I’ll have my own Electrician do the job, so he has been spoken to, and will be here on Monday morning, then we will see how easy it is to do.

Last week, we took my Mother-in-law home, and whilst there had a Guy we have used before come to give a quote, to repaint the whole house inside and out, and install a new main bathroom/shower room, when the quote came through, I gave the go ahead, so last Monday, we went back over and purchased all the materials, ready for them to start work, which should have been this morning, but his son who is overseeing the work, had an accident on his way ( he sent photos to prove it wasn’t an excuse ) so is starting tomorrow instead, at least he made contact, most just wouldn’t turn up.

It is certainly one of the problems of owning a second property, some distance away, not only fuel and time, but here nearly all the main roads are covered by Tolls, and it gets expensive, however it’s time to do some more updating, last year we put in a new kitchen, so it’s getting there.

Today, I took the boys down to the Doggie Peluquería, for a wash and trim, but as the temperature has dropped, Tito is just having the bath, and Pepe is having a Schnauzer cut, so at least part of him will be warm! I am just waiting for them to ring and say they are ready for collection, then it will be another trip down to town.

I think that about brings me up to date, I’ll try not to be so long next time.

Published by Phil Sale

I moved to Colombia from Spain in 2012, and I am happily married to a Colombiana.

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