“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” John Ruskin
We’ve had our head in the clouds for the last ten days. By this, I mean that it’s rained a lot without the normal interlude of sunshine or wind to dry up the surface of our drives. The solar panels continue to perform well, even in these conditions.
Joe’s been out with spade and shovel and cleared lots of silt away from the rain water channels and it’s very satisfying to watch it cascade down the hill and under the little stone bridge (pictured here in drier conditions).
On a test run a few days ago, even in 4wd the Nissan began to drift a bit as Joe set off downhill. Once he reached the flat area halfway down, he turned it around but not before its tyres got well and truly coated with about 2″ of mud slurry.
After a bit of a struggle he eventually got the Nissan up the less precarious back drive where it stayed for a few more days until the cupboard was bare. The rain hadn’t abated and we simply had to get out to get some shopping. It was a relief when we got down to the front gate, even more so a few hours later when the Nissan bore us safely back laden with lots of exciting food shopping, plus pickaxe handle, brown paint and 8 bags of capa fina. The journey to the coast had been slower than usual because the Nissan was prone to the odd slide or two on the wet roads.
In between cats-and-dogs type showers Joe was able to finish what we now call the curly-wurly seat that effectively used up his stockpile of larger odd-shaped stones. The capa fina, as usual, went on like a dream and sculpted into a rather voluptuous shape and quickly covered with marrón oscuro, our trademark brown paint. At some stage, I think I will add a Moorish type design.
The seat contrasts nicely with the backdrop of the stone wall that Joe quickly ‘threw together’ a few weeks back, and sitting there provides shelter from the prevailing wind and gives us uninterrupted views of the road and valley.
We immediately christened the curly-wurly with a refreshing pot of Lapsang Souchong tea, our Wedgwood china cups balancing well on the flat areas each side that Joe thoughtfully had provided for this very purpose.
“We sell tea in Starbucks, but I think the experience is very different. I think coffee is something that is quick – it’s transactional. I think tea is more Zen-like. It requires a different environment.” Howard Schultz (Chairman/CEO of Starbucks)