I may not have written an edition for a little while but thought you might like to know that I’ve still been going through basically the same routine.
Up before the sun rises out on the veranda, the western one on the first floor that faces the lagoon, with my mug of black (instant, with no sugar) coffee and the iPad (an Air for those of you that might be interested).
I’ve continued to enjoy the relative quietness -there are the sounds of the leaves swooshing (if there’s a breeze of course), the lapping of the water, the birds chattering, the fish jumping out of and then re entering the lagoon, the snarling and grunting of racoons when they fall out with each other. Oh, and the occasional barking of dogs when they are spooked by something. The early morning sounds that let you know that another day is about to begin but it’s quiet, very quiet.
Ideal conditions you’d think for knocking out an edition. And they used to be PZ. PZ? Pre Ziggy I mean.
For those of you not aware, this is Ziggy.
The solitude of the early morning for me is now a distant memory. When I get up in the morning there he is. Waiting at the bedroom door, tail wagging happy in anticipation of the first strokes and pats of the day. It used to be that my first job (sic) of the day was to get the kettle on and spoon the coffee in to the mug. Not now. That comes a poor second best!
We do eventually make it to the veranda but any chance of pulling together something that anyone might want to read has been nullified by Ziggy’s head constantly finding itself in my lap. So you can blame (or thank) him for the absence of postings on my part.
To get this one ‘out there’ I’ve had to (any excuse) decamp to Estel’s Dine By the Sea
and for some time alone with the iPad!
So with the “solitude” I sought and an ideal setting what do I write about? What has happened since I last posted something?
Regular readers may well remember that nearly two months ago I mentioned that we had ordered burglar bar gates/doors. At the time of placing the order we were informed that they would take around three to four weeks to be made and fitted for all of our external doors (two double doors and two single doors)
Double door entrance to the first floor.
We’ve been popping in to the workshop in Boca Del Rio probably twice a week to monitor progress and on each occasion we’ve been told “They’re nearly ready.” But … nothing.
And then last week – I think it was Wednesday- we heard Ziggy barking to let us know that someone was at our front gate. It was Franco and he had our gates/doors with him. Within minutes they were in the front garden
and just as quickly they were off the trailer neatly positioned for installation.
Franco decided to start with the ground floor apartment first so moved the relevant gates/doors but then realised that there was a design fault which he had to take two of the gates/doors back to the workshop to correct.
So close yet so far!
We thought that was the last of the gates/doors we’d see for a few days but no. The next day Franco returned and they started to be installed.
But first an adjustment to the frame.
Second gate/door about to be ‘slotted’ in.
With the first installation completed they moved on to the door of the apartment
and then the pump room
and then the first floor!
A bemused -and imprisoned- looking Ziggy.
They haven’t greatly obscured the view though
but have increased our sense of security so that we feel safe and sound. And the breeze can flow freely through the house.
We thought it had gone “belly up” on Wednesday
With the gates/doors installed Ziggy and I settled down to watch work on the house that’s being built on the lot immediately north of us.
“We’re going to have neighbours soon Ziggy.”
The headline for today’s edition is based on the single released in 2011 by Taylor Swift and reached number thirty in the US Billboard Hot 100.