The house door and window glass was fitted just three days before my father's arrival.
The stair treads were not ready so the old metal ones were hastily soldered back on to give us a temporary stairway. It is a bit precarious at the top and very far from ideal but there was little else we could do.
The new kitchen was not ready so we hobbled together what we could of the old cabinets and some temporary work tops.
The walls are not painted and are not pretty. There is no light in the kitchen other than a standard lamp directed towards the darkest spots. The slide out privacy screens planned for the mezanine floors were not ready and a hasty screen was assembled.
The tv works, the computer works, the cooker works and the fridge works. The bathroom has a nice new shower and our solar water heater is installed... just waiting for sunshine.
The day before my father arrived the water pump broke and we had no water to the house. Sigh. A hasty call to the plumber ascertained that we need a new pump. A temporary repair gives us water but we can only use one tap at a time. The builder is holding two spare pumps of ours in his workshop and said he would bring one of them up so that we can replace the faulty one. Ten days have passed and we still haven't got the pump replaced... hey ho.
The sun shone for my father's visit. And his remarkable sense of adventure carried us through. We took well earned time out for tourist type visits and sight-seeing trips. And amazing long lunches in interesting restaurants (3 courses, bottle of wine, bottle of water and only 40 euros for all four of us!)
My son and his wife turned up with a car full of goodies from England. It was like Christmas as we unpacked the stove for the yurt and the new bell tent and numerous other bits and bobs that we were unable to get here. They kindly tested out the heating in the yurt and gave it a big thumbs up!
It's now warm and toasty in there and all ready for our olive picking volunteers who arrive in a few weeks.
Seeing our place afresh through the eyes of our family and we see it all starting to come together. It is very rewarding to be able to share our 'dream' with other's... even an unfinished dream.
But that's ok.