Progress report…

…things have finally started to make sense at Quinta da Cabril. All the underground nonsense is done. All major groundwork, drainage and foundations are in so things are starting to go upwards. I’ve cut and fitted all the major roof beams so the main shape of the house is now apparent – and it’s going… Continue reading Progress report…

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Blue Tuesday…

…nobody told me that yesterday was the most depressing day of the year. Personally I had a fine day doing manly buildery type antics and frollicking around with large timbers, concrete blocks and barrows full of cement. I’ll make more of an effort to be miserable today… I probably won’t surf today…. *sniff*

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All done bar the grouting…

There is a reason that I’m not a plumber. It’s not that I can’t do it because I can – it’s hardly rocket science (that as we all know is the study of a jet-propulsion device that uses either solid or liquid propellants to provide the fuel and oxidizer needed for combustion. The hot gases… Continue reading All done bar the grouting…

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A conversation, briefly…

Halfway through shovelling and barrowing a mountain of rubble and broken bricks from one end of a building site to another AD turned to me and said… ‘I love doing this shit…’ ‘Why’s that?’ I enquired, slightly bemused. ‘Well – I feel like I’m working hard…’ ‘Uh huh’ ‘It makes me sweat a lot…’ ‘Er… Continue reading A conversation, briefly…

Busman’s holiday…

It must be said that this week has been fine on the surfing front and to top it off every morning I’ve had the pleasure of laying concrete for the new shower block at Ollies campsite. I love a bit of concrete… Almagreira campsite has a communal thing going on – people get to stay… Continue reading Busman’s holiday…

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On the one hand…

…I could go to work and get covered in cement and sawdust. Get hot and tired. Probably bruise my left elbow on a random rock and cut my little finger with a chisel. Lose my tape measure again and break a fingernail or two (I tell you – this building work plays havoc with your… Continue reading On the one hand…

Been busy lately….?

…we started off with something like this… …did a bit of this… …and ended up with some stuff like this… You can find a few more photos on my flickr page. Quite tired now – I might go and have a snooze… Nuts – I forgot to fit the kitchen – back in a bit…… Continue reading Been busy lately….?

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My Babel fish has broken…

Being one of the few English people I know that has actually managed to get their mouths around any semblance of Portuguese I was most horrified to realise today that my mastery of the aforementioned lingo had completely evaporated. I was talking to the carpenter (giving him a slight roasting for making a few fundamental… Continue reading My Babel fish has broken…

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