Week 35: The river is back
The river is really back. Now I know that its reappearance some weeks ago was a taster for the real event. After a few days of rain the river came down in a brown torrent and filled the wide basin. The river in spate like this would not have suited Horse’s perambulations at all. I’m once again glad he went home. I am also even more convinced he knew exactly what he was doing. He could probably have told me when it would get cold, and then rain, had I been able to ask him. Clever, clever Horse.
I’m sure everyone is happy to see the rain; we certainly are. Constant blue skies all through December and into January were not right, people said. The almond trees haven’t come into blossom, as they should have by this time. Now our well should fill up and nature might right itself a little. We still have plenty of sunshine amid the rain.
We had a ‘working’ guest this week who, among other things, did this beautiful paintwork. (Thank you, Neil.) We are responsible for the colour scheme, however. The colours were much stronger than portrayed on the tub and the Ikea/Swedish flag effect was unforeseen. Once we’ve got our pictures up, we hope the unwitting (and wrongly placed) patriotism will be mitigated.
Guests are also great for ideas and discussion, and it was during this week that Husband decided against using our ‘spare house’ as his bakehouse.
A spare house? Yes, we have three properties here. Two terraced houses, which we’ve knocked together into one, with a single garage on the side. Then, on the other side, a third house, a separate, well-built construction with windows, about 49 metres square internally. It has a garage door rather than a house door, and is currently designated as being for industrial rather than residential usage.
Because our one house was once two, we have two kitchens. We were originally going to turn the second kitchen into a third guestroom but it gradually became clear that, at least in the short-term, it would make the perfect bakery. Plenty of space; water and three-phase electricity already in place. And two guestrooms should be enough.
An architect we’ve been talking to has just come back to us with her findings from the local town hall. We needed to know whether we lived on agricultural reserve (RAN) or ecological reserve (REN). This would determine the limit of the non-permeable land cover we are allowed. It’s more generous on RAN land than REN land, though it isn’t actually generous on either. The answer came back: RAN. This gives us a little bit of scope for change. And we have the pleasant conundrum of what to do with the spare house.