It has been raining here uninterruptedly, so all work stopped. This weekend, we decided to cut our losses in a small European enterprise, sell out and use the very little money that gives us (don't ask, or I'll start to cry!) to covert two rooms in the house to a nice kitchen, finish the new studio and workshop and build that swimming pool i always wanted.
Anyway, this weekend, the wather has been really nice, so wife and self have been getting some of the shite off the roof of the damaged studio/shed and planning the way forward, but we have had massive losses in Europe and we are having to do the whole thing with far, far less money than we ever envisaged. That means EVERYTHING will have to be done by me, plumbing, electrics, the lot. And no fitted kitchen from some fancy company, muggins will be building every cupboard and drawer from scratch!
I also have to build a new septic tank, but the hole I dug with the new digger has filled up with water to a depth of two meters, so it will have to be pre-fabricated and placed into the hole, after a great deal of pumping!
But don't worry about me. That was just a question of getting everybody else to face the inevitable. It was a question of do it now and get it over with and have a little to show for all that work, or keep on hoping things improve and walk away with nothing.
Without going into details about other people lives, people are involved and they can still get jobs today. That might not be true in a year or so.
I still think that total melt-down is a one-in-ten possibility. If governments come to their senses and face facts, we could still pull out of recession. But if everybody just sits around, arguing pointlessly, until Greece collapses and there is a run on the Greek banks, followed by a similar run on the Spanish and then Italian banks, then there will be a depression.
The US will be OK, because they can pull up the drawbridge and rely on themselves, the same goes for China and others. I'm not saying run for the hills, but I am making our little 20 acre patch as self-sufficient as possible.
My cheapo Chinese chainsaw went bust doing that lot (I'll have another go at fixing the damn thing, but I don't hold out much hope!) and the Stihl 029 was at the local repair shop as it needed a carburettor rebuild. The other cheap Chinese chainsaw fell to bits last year after two years of heavy use and the electric chainsaw is on its last legs and is only really good for cutting up small bits of firewood.
But joy-of-joys, the Stihl is ready to be picked up from the repair shop, so I'll be taking down the rest of that tree on the weekend! Boris has left us, so I have to wait until Saturday as I need a second person here, just in case of an accident - yes, the work really is THAT dangerous!
First things first, the area still has to be cleared and the building made weatherproof. The front half is OK, but the back end is pretty much mashed to matchwood! I shall have to see how things go, but I imagine that I shall just push things back into place for the time being and do the rebuild next Spring.
I shall be cutting the fallen trees into six meter lengths and use them for structural beams for the swimming pool building. If I do a bit each day, then I shall be ready by Winter and during the dark months, I am building the new kitchen, which will be a complete rip-out of everything job. Next Winter, the living room get gutted and rebuilt.