Since we returned from Rovinj last Sunday, this week has largely been a week of heads down and getting on with work. We’re very lucky that we can continue our business from here, and so shouldn’t really complain when we are in front of a computer screen, when it’s hot outside. Luckily, we’ve also had mixed weather this week – sunny and hot and stormy and hot – so this does make it a bit easier, when it’s not completely wall to wall sunshine.
The bathroom renovation continues – very slowly! Tiling is almost finished, so we can can see the semblance of a room beginning to emerge, and are crossing our fingers that the plumber will turn up later this week and that the boxes containing the toilet, sink, shower, taps etc etc will soon be emptied and installed and we’ll start to get the Well Room back. The tiles we’ve chosen are (surprise, surprise) very large grey concrete ones – our builder currently has a real dislike for us as he’s having to cut very awkward shapes because of what we’ve asked him to do, but we find end of day beers go down a treat 😉
Our DIY/renovation has slowed down a little, as we’re trying to get as much work done as possible, but this will start to ramp up again later this coming week as we prepare for a summer full of visitors, the thought of which is making us so, so excited! But, a big step was achieved this week when we visited the offices of the geo-data guy who is doing the almost impossible task of defining the boundaries of our house and the the piece of land (complete with ruined house, in-situ), from our neighbour. This process seems to have gone on forever, because in many house/land purchase cases, boundaries are not clearly defined and they only start becoming so, when someone begins to make a purchase. We were lucky with the actual house we bought as things had been sorted by the previous owners, but this purchase is a little more complicated. However, we have seen the new boundaries – and an even more pleasing result is that we seem to have gained a little more land than we previously thought we owned. All to be definitely confirmed, but let’s just say the Neighbour From Hell may go apopleptic when she realises she has to concede some land to us. Karma. What a wonderful thing 😉
Anyway, we’ve paid the deposit on the land, paid for all of the land stuff that needs to be done and are now just awaiting the final boxes to be ticked until we complete, and our dream of a beautiful, enclosed secret garden at the back of the house, becomes a bit more of a reality.
Harvest time has well and truly started in Istria. We are now surrounded by rolling fields of hay bales and everything we do is accompanied by the sound of tractors, often late into the night. Our village is hive of activity at the moment – the fields are full of family members, all pulling together to get the crops harvested. And, best of all, we get to see Ferrugio and his overloaded tractor frequently passing our house – and it’s amazing sight!
And, becasue it’s harvest-time, our very generous neighbours are dropping off to us very, very locally grown produce 🙂
The other big thing this week has obviously been the World Cup. The semi-final was a bit of a tense affair, but we reasoned that whatever the England-Croatia result, it would be a bit of win-win situation for us. Having seen the reaction out here to the result, we are now firmly rooting for a Croatia victory and are treating ourselves with another stay in Rovinj, as we think if they do lift the World Cup, this will be a pretty spectacualr place to witness it. And if they don’t, it’s a pretty spectacular place to see them as runners-up…