Where have the clouds gone? We have the rainy season and it is grey in grey. If it were at least 50 shades of grey it would be interesting. According to the weather prophets, it will remain for the week. The Autumn of shades of yellow, red and brown is now developing into the time of the leafless trees.
At the moment we have a little excitement. Our building battles have now been fought, we were under siege for 7 months. Now the gardeners have arrived and are busy filling in the spaces around our appartment.
I was busy cleaning the bathroom and heard a noise outside that sounded as if we were victims of a stone avalanche. I looked out of the window and saw a small team standing below this monster. In the background you can see something like a cement mixer perched on a truck, which was filled with a mixture of earth and gravel. I soon realised this was the machine to fill in the spaces around our appartment. No longer is it done with a shovel and a wheelbarrow, but fully automatic.
The material is mixed and transported along the long arm of the machine and enters the long pipe at the end. The workman then aims the tube to where the filling material is required and within half an hour the ditches are all filled. I was instructed to lower my blinds otherwise it could happen that a window might get a crack from the material. The young lady held a piece cardboard for protection of the blinds. It was done very efficiently.
There was a precarious situation when the driver of the truck had to move the arm to reach our garden. There was a magpie nest in the tree and he was very close, but all being nature lovers he skilfully managed to avoid destruction of the nest, although I told him the nest has been in the tree at least 2 years and I am not sure if it is still used.
Afterwards the whole layers of earth had to be flattened to reach the level needed to be able to complete our layer of tiles. Everyone went home yesterday evening after this part was completed and today they will return to lay the tiles. When this is completed we can relax again. I will have access to my front garden from my appartment. There is still the other side of the appartment to be completed, but only general preparations and tile layig, no ditches to be filled with earth.
The chief architect suddenly appeared so I decided to use the opportunity. I had never been so close to this immortal since the work began. I explained about completing my garden with the hedge piece that I no longer wanted as I would prefer to keep the opening and have it covered with stones matching the rest of my garden. When my wheelchair arrives it will be easier for me to enter and leave. He was very co-operative. I had already spoken to the chief gardener and he was also there. It seems it would cost no more that replacing the hedge, which would actually be more work and we reached a very good agreement for me.
The positive side of the gardening work is that I now have over 1,000 photos of the whole building operation. It all just happened. When the first workers arrived to construct the scaffolding I was there with the camera and one thing lead to the other. Looking through my file I realised I have captured almost every step of the way. There is now the paint job ahead where they layer the end walls with their green paint. It seems they are still discussing which shade of green to use. In the meanwhile the weather has changed and it seems it is too wet for the paint to dry as it will probably be washed away.
And now to prepare for my Wednesday outing to the supermarket. There are decisions to be made in connection with food compositions. Enjoy the day, have fun and look after your computers, you will need them.