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July 28, 2019

Work has continued and the drive is now complete, the blocks are all laid and filled with stone chips....

It's steep and it is long - but I have seen steeper drives! Alyson and Chris, I'm thinking of your mountain! The drive turns to go around the house and this provide...

July 14, 2019

The final bill for the house schedule arrived in my inbox the other day: A significant milestone. Of course there is the extra expense of laying the drive / wall and any works to underneath the house to be considered, but once the snagging has been finally completed, t...

July 7, 2019

A few pictures will almost tell the story of what has been happening outside. However first, some jobs have continued inside:

The studio is mostly wired up and tested - only the modular synthesizer has to be synchronised to the system, so that it 'stays in time' with th...

June 30, 2019

This week the joiner, who must be the most in-demand individual on the island, turn up and fit the doors. He arrived on Tuesday and finished on Friday Morning - so over three days to complete. But what an excellent job. They open, they close, they slide with a nice fee...

June 23, 2019

It's been over a month since the last blog update; those of you checking it out on a weekly basis may think that I'd disappeared of the face of the earth... but no. Just the opposite, as each weekend I have been tied up with one activity or another, of the social kind....

May 19, 2019

You know what I'm going to say don't you? Correct.

Why worry. The view from the patio the other night. Let's just relax, eh? No rush, is there?

In true Azorean style, the doors have not arrived at the house yet, never mind not being fitted. I have it on good authority th...

May 12, 2019

Desperately needing somewhere to sit down in comfort; the upgrade to the kitchen bar stool was a thing of joy, after using the builders plastic "café chairs" for what seems like an eternity. So my thoughts moved to assembling the large corner chaise and sofa and making...

May 5, 2019

The past two weeks have seen considerable progress on the house build, and as the title suggests the kitchen has been fitted and so is 90% complete. Before the kitchen could be fitted I made sure the floors where dust and mark free, as after installation a deep clean w...

April 21, 2019

Cutting to the chase, the kitchen did not arrive on Wednesday, as expected. Obviously, this is a major headache, as of Thursday I was back in the house, ready or not. Cristina and Stefan of Azores High, and their managed property "Casa das Proteus" did me proud, and I...

April 14, 2019

This week has seen the floor laid on the mezzanine, and an awful lot of boxes wend their way up the stairs, leaving room for development below.

What goes up, must come down - a lot of stuff has been moved upstairs that belongs downstairs. However this has opened up a lo...

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