After months and months of waiting, work has finally started on the house and suddenly things are really moving fast.
At ground level, the existing concrete floors have all been dug up so that an Iglu could be put in. This basically lets air circulate underneath the floor, stopping damp from rising up.
We also now have the makings of an entrance hall, garage and wood chip store, and we also have a staircase. We’ve even chosen and ordered the wood for the roof.
Tomorrow, the asbestos roof is coming off of the agricultural parts. I’ve decided not to be around to take photos of that. I’d either have to wear some sort of chemical suit in 30 degree heat, or risk my life to take photos for a blog. No offence, but you’re just not worth it!
While all this has been going on, we’ve been making ourselves as scarce as possible. Aside from a few decisions about floor levels and wall positions, there’s really not much either of us can do at this point. So, we headed down to Tuscany, to a town called Massa, for a few blissful days at the beach.
Massa is a quiet little town just along the coast from a far less quiet place called Forte dei Marmi, which is kind of the Beverly Hills of Tuscany. The streets, while not being paved with gold are in fact paved with marble, which I guess is the next best thing. Unless it rains, in which case I imagine it would be a health and safety nightmare, with high-heeled women slipping and sliding all the way from Gucci to Prada. Still, the whole area is famous for its marble so they could hardly just use plain old concrete.
On the way back we popped into Florence. We were supposed to be there for a few hours but I got the car completely wedged in on a 90 degree turn somewhere in the hills above the city. We were there for a very, very long time. When we eventually made it out (with a few souvenirs on the side of the car) we only had an hour left to see one of the world’s greatest cities. So… river, Ponte Vecchio, millions of tourists, Duomo, Statue of David, done. We’ll have to go back and try again, but maybe in a smaller car next time.
I’ll leave you with a quick before and after shot. This was our house two weeks ago…