They have started putting on the sand coloured Pavistamp render
on the road side wall this month. The kitchen area has got the framework
for the suspended ceiling that hides all the plumbing from the ensuite
floors are being put down now, with the "Ulldacona Marble"
or polished limestone for the hall, lounge, stairs and landing,
with tiles for the kitchen, terraces and all the ground floor. The
garage will be polished concrete. The window bars and balcony railings
and banisters are all being made by Amadeo, the village metal worker.
Our neighbour Salva is painting them a metallic bronze
Is our new puppy.
We have always wanted to get a dog to live at No. 11, as it has
been 6 years since our staffies died. There are two dogs that live
under Bar Mario and they had had 5 puppies in May. We said we would
take one when it was about 8 weeks old and on the 14th July, we
picked up our new puppy and took him home. He is called "House"
as he was always called the "house dog" after we picked
first couple of weeks with him had me sleeping on the sofa with
one hand in his crate so that he could chew on it when he was lonely.
Soon after that he was sleeping on his own, with just a couple of
night-time pee breaks. He obvoiusly loves us, is intelligent and
very friendly, especially with other dogs. Also, he is happy to
get in the car to go to and from the finca or Tortosa if he has
to see the vet, which is great. All in all a great little addition
to our life.
Lemon grass and fresh ginger are growing well down at the finca
this summer. The cherry tomatoes have been amazing as usual. The
chillies have been rather interesting as they started out green,
then went purply/black for about a month or so, before turning red.
The purple peppers were an experiment, but seem better as an ornamental
plant rather than an eater.
grass in the background of the centre picture is the Lemon Grass
and the aroma is quite unbelievable when it is fresh. We have lots
more growing for next year, so we hope to be self sustaining in
it now on, as with the ginger which is the bamboo looking stuff
growing in two pots in the first picture above.
My third wasp sting of the year resulted in a bit of a fat hand.
The swelling did get worse (I had to open the silver braclet 1/2"
as it was constricting my forearm), before it subsided. May Budda
forgive me for spraying the hell out of the nest they had made in
my tractor trailer in retailiation.