While I take a break visiting family, step back with me in time to 3 years ago, when we were homeless, to the beginning of this project…. And all of our frustrations:
We have mains water now. The Powers That Be came Wednesday and did whatever.
Now all we need to do is to rent a small backhoe, dig the 30 foot trench to the house, lay the pipe, hook it up, install new plumbing and we’re all set.
We have electricity now. The Powers That Be came Friday and did whatever.
Now all we need to do is get a new circuit board and rewire the house.
Piece of cake!
We have a phone line now. The Powers That Be came Friday and did whatever.
Now we just need to string a few wires here, cables there, and we’ll be good to go.
We should have the ADSL turned on in another week or so.
Then, finally, we I can hook up the internet.
Finally something I can do.
I really want to play with the backhoe but so far mon mari is reserving that fun for himself.
Boys and their toys. I think he should share.
He mumbled something about already having more work to do than he’d thought (?) and he didn’t need me doing wheelies in the garden on the backhoe….
Or putting a hole in the barn wall… Like I could! The wall is over 2 feet thick!
He really knows how to take the fun out of house restoration…..
I think I’d do an excellent job as a backhoe operator! I’ll just wait until he’s not looking. It can’t be that hard. I’ve watched. I’ll have that trench dug in no time! Does anyone know if backhoes have a clutch?
Here’s what we’ve discovered in the first week of work:
The 2 little bathroom rooms have ceilings of different heights and floors of different heights. The walls are brick, as expected. But there is some lovely stonework around the window that we may be able to salvage.
The window used to be the front door. When they decided to bring the outhouse in-house, apparently, the front hall seemed the space most expendable so they blocked off the front door and put the bathroom rooms there. The arrow points to the original stonework. The ‘X’ show the brick that will be covered up again.
There is a start on the kitchen ceiling. The old one was beyond repair (trust me) but there is grass, straw, seeds or something on top as insulation so we opted not to take it down (what a mess)
Lest we forget why we’re doing this – the view from the kitchen: We’ll be moving the pile of crap they left us…
And remember the tiles?
So far, 2 out of three orders have been wrong.
There is nothing wrong with this: it’s simple, easy, goooood!
Cauliflower with Parmesan Sauce
1/3 head cauliflower,
3 tbs chicken stock
3 tbs Greek yogurt
2 tsp Dijon-style mustard
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
pepper – seasoned pepper is nice
Cut cauliflower into pieces, put into a steamer basket and steam over water for 10 – 15 minutes until fork-tender. Remove from pan and empty water. Heat stock in the same pan. When hot add mustard, Parmesan and yogurt. Stir well as it heats but do not let it boil. Spoon over cauliflower and serve.