Week 35: The river is back

River in spate

River in spate

Rain

Rain

 

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.

Breakfast for three on a sunny morning

Breakfast for three on a sunny morning . . .

. . . with a visit from Lordy . . .

with a visit from Lordy . . .

and Estrela

and Estrela

 

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.

The Ikea-effect awaiting cover-up from our paintings

The Ikea-effect awaiting cover-up from our paintings

 

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.

Inside the spare house

Inside the spare house

Levain, on Husband's great-grandmother Wilhelmine's home-woven cloth made from her own flax about a hundred years ago

Levain, on Husband’s great-grandmother Wilhelmine’s home-woven cloth made from her own flax about a century ago; also in use on the breakfast table, above and below

Lordy and Estrela

Lordy and Estrela

2 Comments

  1. Hazel

    Lovely photos! And I love those colours. They look fabulous — sky and sun. Lordy and Estrela seem very friendly with each other. Perhaps you won’t have to search very far for a dog of your own . . . xx

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  2. fatma

    Oh the luxury of being able to desire and wish for the rain! Continue to be jealous of aaaall the space you have, and access to ‘online’ utilities, despite being off the beaten track rurally located! Think the colour scheme will grow on you, and I loooove Lordy and Estrela!!!

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