a bigger splash

Well it’s been a frantic but hugely enjoyable week. We filled the pool – it took 3 days! And the pool guys came round to top us up with chemicals, get the pump re-started and present us with their bill. I won’t say for how much but I am definitely in the wrong business. Then on Monday we went to meet my lovely daughter E and top husband S and our wonderful grandkids from the airport. They’ve been here all week, returning yesterday. And we’ve had a ball having them, although it was quite emotional saying goodbye at the airport. Mid-week my sister and her friend Moira came over during their holiday travelling through to spend a couple of days with us, which was great fun. It only took the builders to return mid-week too to start tiling the pathway around the extension for our life and home to get pretty full. Now it’s all quiet again and we’re back to normality – working online, cleaning the house, catching up on the blog. I’ve got to go and clean the pool – I’d forgotten what a commitment it is – but it’s great to be able to have a splash whenever you fancy. But it’ll be a little while before it’s full of my great family again, like below:

I’ll be back with more stuff later. Miss those kids…..



Back on 12 June I did a posting about the state of the pool and how we were desperately trying to get it emptied and cleaned so that we could enjoy it again. But we kept hitting problems – the need to cut up the cover to get it out of the pool, the rains that came in mid-June and re-filled the deep end, the lining that came away from the sides, my double-ducking in the gloop etc. So we called on good-looking pool guy Andrea for advice and his guys have been here the last two days getting things sorted for us. Continue reading


Well work on the house is going well. Tomorrow we have the pool guys coming to hopefully get the pool lining re-attached to the pool walls and in preparation for this we have to empty the deep end following the recent rainfall and to clean the remainder of the pool. We have no plug as such in the pool so it all has to be pumped out. It’s too much to do by bailing out with buckets so I was hoping to use the technique Ronato showed me when he came down with the tractor; the old syphon trick. Continue reading