Eventually, at the end of the first week in December, it happened.
The log burning stove's flues had been fitted, the furniture was
delivered and we decided to spent our first night in No. 11 on Friday,
7th December. It was a bit chilly overnight as we had only just
lit the stoves that afternoon and the house had not had the chance
to warm up, but it was wonderful to be in after so much waiting
and anticipation. The next evening, we were able to invite a few
friends round for a small house warming party, which was a great
is still a bit of work to be done by the builders, carpenter and
electrician, but we decided we can live around the lack of this
and that as long as the basics worked. The first week was spent
finding out what needed fixing (luckily, not too much) and getting
used to the new house.
the delivery of all the wall & ceiling lights we had ordered
from John Lewis in the UK didn't happen so we will have to wait
until we can collect them in early January, but we didn't let that
dampen our spirits. The morning sunrise and view from the main terrace
was well worth overcoming all the problems we have had over the
last six years since our move to Mas de Barberans.
in No. 11
Was great. Alex managed to overcome the flooding in the West of
England which halted all train services on the day he was booked
to travel up to Bristol, got on a coach and made it to the airport
in good time for his flight. I had ordered a huge (4.5 kilo) pork
shoulder from the village butcher to feed us and our Scottish friends
David & Carol, while Alex had roast squash and spiced chickpeas.
This was the first major test for our new Cannon Range cooker and
it handled it all with ease. David & Carol donated a Xmas pudding
for dessert, as ours was languishing in England along with the lights.
Xmas we had lots of walks to work off the meals we had been indulging
our selfs with. The viewpoint on the top of the hill behind the
village gave me the opportunity to snap some pictures of the house
and one of the finca.