Tick Tock: We are now running on borrowed time, and deadlines are looming in quick succession, one after the other, and unrelentingly so. And the stressful thing is these various little deadlines have huge knock on effects on other major things, and time is not on our side – it's a bit like juggling a zillion balls in the air, where one falling is pretty disastrous on the rest of them.
- If we don’t get the Wi-Fi sorted out this week the ground will be too hard and snow covered to dig out the cable. Further, specific, update on that piece of hilarity anon.
- Now that the fireplace fixtures have arrived with the chemineer, they need to fit it as SOON AS POSSIBLE as the fitting is ‘weather dependent’, and there is beaucoup de neige forecast for this week. And then much snow thereafter. So it’s our last chance pre-season to get this done. And we need a working fire…especially as the stove we've bought is so pretty.
- The antler chandelier we’ve ordered is also weather dependent – though for a different reason. It’s coming from ‘John the Antler Man’ in Mull, a chap who gathers up antlers from Scottish Red Deer sustainably and hand makes them into lighting fixtures. However the weather isn’t great up there either and they haven’t had a ferry to the mainland in a few days…it needs to arrive (as I’m sure it will) by the 1st December to make it in our final furnishings shipment out to France ahead of the interiors shoot.
- Speaking of which, the same applies to all the other furniture we have on order that haven't arrived yet – the sofas, the dining chairs, and everything else – they all have to be in one spot for the 1st December. Which I’m sure they will be, but dealing with lots of different companies who have varying reliability levels, and delivery lead times, has been interesting. I’ve already had to reorder this antler chandelier twice, with another company (who took the order, but neglected to mention the lack of actual stock). Anyway – this one is nicer.
- Speaking of ‘weather dependent’ and ‘snow’ – the outside of the building still needs finishing off – the tiling on the bottom level, as well as installation of the balcony railings and steps leading up to the middle level. All of which needs to be completed ASAP as it’s blimmin’ cold and verrrry snowy for the chaps working outside…
- Now that the windows are in, and the property is weather proof, the screeded and underfloored-heating floor can finish drying out (14 days after it’s first laid – it’s been laid 12 days thus far).
- When the floor is fully dry, the wooden flooring can be installed throughout. This will start to happen this week.
- Then the final plastering and painting can happen – end of this week, beginning of next week probably.
- After this, the kitchen can be assembled – at the moment around the 1st December.
- After the kitchen is assembled, the marbrerie chaps will come and do the final measurements for the marble work surface.
- Then the doors can be measured up, made and fitted for the kitchen.
- 10 days after the marbrerie measurers come, they’ll return to fit the work top finally and the kitchen will be done – around the 10th/ 11th December.
- Then after all the key interior is done – the extras can be started on – the custom made bunk beds, the secret door, the mural, and everything else…
Problem: Is we can’t hide under the covers to get away from all of this. Neither of us is sleeping terribly well at the moment, with the constant nagging worry and pressure, and when we do sleep, we dream of very boring admin work and the outstanding items on the To Do list…
When will we start dreaming of snowy treetops, melted cheese, a roaring fire, much much red wine and great company to enjoy it all with?