Day 5 was a total washout, thanks to a passing tropical storm. To be honest, so far the weather has been surprisingly clement during the day: awesome thunder storms at night, with torrential rain and lightning flashes, but mostly just drizzle or light rain during the day.

In the last couple of days the floors for kitchen extension and drying area have been poured, the metal skeleton of the extension erected and some lower brickwork courses laid.

Kitchen Ribs

Kitchen Ribs

At the same time as having the kitchen extended, I’m having the drive relaid; it had subsided badly – perhaps 15 cm or so – and consequently cracked. To date, the old drive has been dug out and a new one’s concrete poured. I’m also having a canopy erected so I don’t get soaked opening the gate when leaving home during a thunderstorm. Perhaps more importantly, it’ll keep the rear of the car less rained upon, and so less frequently in need of a wash. Work is well under way for the canopy.

Car Canopy

Car Canopy

Whisky seems to approve.

The drive will be tiled. I had wanted cobblestones, but the cost is ridiculous. Even the synthetic cobblestones are as pricey. The tiles arrived yesterday, and laying should start on Day 8.

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