Sunday, 28 July 2013


This month has been a bloody scorcher, with yesterday getting to 37C in the shade. It's really uncomfortable outside, but blessedly cool, well, relatively-speaking, in the Bauernhaus. Nevertheless, much sweating ensued over the past week, as I  finally got back into getting stuff done, after near four weeks absence.

After getting a delivery of lots of Douglas-fir, I finally started on the under-construction for the bedroom floor and box room. Once the cabling is done here, and a sagging beam is jacked up, we'll lay OSB sheets as an under-floor, and work on the plastering can begin.

NE box room
The unfinished wall between box room and bedroom.
It's a bit dangerous working in the bedroom, as the battens between the oak beams are a bit rotted in placed, so it's easy to fall through if you step on the wrong place. At least it only happened to me once!

The first-floor bedroom

As well as that., over this weekend we began getting the, well, I'm not sure what they're called in English, but "Dosen" for the sockets and switches into the walls, as well as leading the cables into them. Makes the whole wiring a lot neater-looking already!

The kitchen, today.
Some network cables are also in, for the living room, running under the kitchen floor, which will all be sealed away, so I hope they work!

And we finally got rid of the piles of wood in the yard, thanks to our friend's big trailer, and a tetris-like method of stacking.

 In the meantime, the garden has been completely neglected, although I did have to trim an 80m long hedge as it was beginning to overgrow the access road behind the house. I know I am going to hate this hedge... We plan on getting a loan of some sheep next week to take the grass down under the fruit trees, while the bigger, open part of the field, behind the barn, is already well handled by three horses that pop in now and again.

But more importantly, our local inn, Gasthaus zur Linde, has reopened after a two-year closure and complete renovation. It now has guest rooms, which I reckon had not been used in over half a century, as well as a large, comfortable Biergarten, a new function room in the former barn, and good steaks. Can't say I'm a huge fan of the beer choices, but on hot days like these, a cold Bitburger helps clear the dust.

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