Tuesday 10 September 2019

Progress, Progress

It has been quiet on our blog, things have been hectic with the moving. It doesn't helps that the houses are not in the same city, everything takes a bit more time, but slowly we are making progress. In the meantime I did manage to finish these three chairs of which I had shown the first a while back.

As for the house, a big ugly hole is now filled with an induction cooking plate. The tiles I'm planning to paint tomorrow, I have washed them and applying painters tape, so I'm ready to go and get rid of these busy tiles.

In our basement we made a storage room for all our big products, we built those metal storage shelves and have been filling up our car every trip, I have been carrying around so much lately that I think I sport about as much as a fitness fanatic :D too bad that I'm not losing any weight!

We got a warm water heater, warm water is always handy, and the bathrooms are slowly getting cleaner too :)

The biggest adventure as of late was getting an electricity line.

There was, of course, electricity at the house but the previous owner did not go through the hassle to have the electricity go from industrial (which is used while building a home) to regular. It is costly and an absolute bureaucracy and all-around pain.

On Monday our electrician called that everything would be at the house the next morning at 9 am. To my surprise when I got there, half of it was indeed there (I expected everything to be late). The electrician and half of the materials had arrived and about 15 minutes later a tiny excavator arrived to dig a ditch for the electricity line. 2 seconds later it stopped working. It looked antique and after 1 hour and 15 minutes of watering, oiling and staring at it they gave up and it went away and another one was called.

At just after 11 so 2 hours in, a second excavator started.

And hit a water line, right away...even though we had asked the water company where the line was, but turned out that we were not correctly informed.

Everywhere became muddy but I told the excavator guy to continue (they are paid per hour and the clock was ticking). Knowing that the water company wouldn't come straight away to fix the pipe.

Lovely waterworks in the meantime.

Although a bit messy and muddy things went along.

While the electrician laid down the line, sand and such I wanted the excavator to do some other work while waiting, again time was ticking and I wanted to make good use of it, but very soon he got a flat tire :D

And my shoes were feeling odd, when I looked down I saw that they got very wide as they were completely falling apart, I hadn't used them for a while and the glue had dried, at the end of the day I hardly had any shoes on, it was funny but very inconvenient :D

After almost 2 hours, at 1:15 right after lunch the water company arrived. The favorite job of all Turks is to watch 1 person work while at least 4 other watch how he works :) But things get eventually done, you just have to be chill (it took us a while to get used to this utter mess but that is how life is here). And if you show impatience or annoyance, it will just take longer.

The excavator guy arrived shortly after that with his fixed tire, he was gone for two hours (not on my bill) and it actually turned out in my favor as he normally would have to wait for the water company, so a lucky break for us.

The road was at the end of the day better than it was before, everything got done, it took longer than anticipated but all is well that ends well. It will take about 2 months (!!) for all the paper work to be done to get the electricity in my name, crazy.


  1. OMG a hectic day. 4-watching-1-working-team is not specialty only in Turkey. And about shoes. I used to buy shoes for afterlife. End I experienced the same thing as you. Ah, those biodegradable shoes:))

  2. Wow! So much work but it will all be worth it in the end. All the best to you!

  3. I understand when you say that you can't show impatience. Goodluck for the electricity at least it's working. And your house is spacious!! Can't wait to see things done little by little..and want to say that you will lose weight for sure 😁😊

  4. Reminds me a lot of how repairs and construction are done in Provence :D
    You are such a superwoman, both of you!! And what a rewarding project - a beautiful new house! XOXO

  5. Have you seen the movie Money Pit with Tom Hanks? If not, don't watch it until you move in LOL
    The water company workers must have trained in Belgium...or is it the Belgian workers training in Turkey?

    1. I have heard of it but I think I haven't watched it but the title kind of says it all :D
      I guess lots of water company workers come from the same mold ha ha :)

  6. Yeah... building construction is usually a pain in all countries!
    At least you got everything fixed and not too late either!
    We have plenty of friends (architects) who decided to buy an old house and renovate it, and all of them (no exception) has had some kind of issues ^^'