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Monday 25thMarch 2019:
Off to see the bamboo furniture people this morning. They have completed our bed, 1 x couch and a bench for the end of the bed. Looks great. Organised transport to the block where it is being stored in the Italian place next door (where we stored our building materials).
Had a win today. For the first time in 4 months I was able to have a cup of tea with real milk (well, long life milk from NZ). And it was damn good. Dairy is almost non-existent here on the island so it was a real bonus to find 2 litres of the milk at the local “supermarket”.
We have been using powdered milk which isn’t too bad as we found a good one. But it is nothing like the real milk.
Tuesday 26thMarch 2019:
Off to the block and meet the cushion maker. Our bamboo furniture arrived yesterday and is being stored in the Italian house next door (bed, couch & bench). The cushion maker measured up the couch as we are getting a padded seat, backrest pillows and loose pillows.
Also discussed the next week’s work onsite. Lots still happening.
Ruby had surgery this morning. The previous puncture fix started leaking. So found a tire repair man just down the road who does tubeless tires and all good. Cost P100 – $2.70 AUS.
After lunch Guy off to Mahjong and I went for a ride to see Ron (American). He is going blind so loves to see visitors for a chat.
Wednesday 27thMarch 2019:
The front fence construction started today. It will be a bamboo fence made from the old scaffolding and some new bamboo cut from our block up by the main road.
Guy off to Mahjong after lunch. I had my siesta and then went for a ride down the coast exploring on Ruby.
Thursday 28thMarch 2019:
Meet with the carpenter this morning and ran through the kitchen benches and island and shelving requirements. He starts his construction on Monday.
Friday 29thMarch 2019:
Meet with Marelco (power provider) re getting the power to our house. As we are 100m + from the main road/power line, we need to install 3 power poles for the wires to our house (at our cost). Also got to pay for the extra cable as you only get 30m from the main lines.
Got our foreman organised to get the poles installed by tomorrow. Back to Marelco Monday to pay the extra cable fee and then hopefully get the power hooked up by the end of the week.
After lunch Guy off to Mahjong and I went for a ride to catch up with Gerald (Pom) for a chat.
Saturday 30thMarch 2019:
Quick trip to the block first thing in the morning. Then back at 4:00pm to pay the boys and contractors.
On the way home we dropped into the furniture man and saw our Acacia coffee table. This coffee table was made from the big Acacia tree we had to cut down for the house.
They did an awesome job and it is stunning. We have an 8-seater dining room table still to come made out of the same tree.
Finished the day with a 2 hour massage each.
Sunday 31stMarch 2019:
We enjoyed our regular Sunday manicure/pedicure this morning. Then off to a local canteen for a treat of burgers and fries for lunch.
Guy off to Mahjong and I had a relaxing afternoon defrosting our apartment’s bar fridge. The freezer section was a huge block of ice and took hours to defrost.
Life is good.
Trevor & Guy