Curtains washed!

Sources of Joy – Days 60 – 61

Yesterday I met the woman whose cottage I had been looking for the day before. I viewed the small house today. It has advantages, but all rooms are quite small. I shall be viewing the house on top of the hill tomorrow or the next day.

Yesterday my laundry box was empty for the first time in ages. We have a 50 x 50 x 50 cm box, not a basket.  It is a product of João’s kist making days. Today I washed two sets of curtains which I shall not be hanging up again here. It is summer; we have shutters. That will do. Accomplishing the above tasks brings incredible joy!

1999: João made all of these pine kists with the assistance of a carpenter with a club foot. We bought seven of them to Portugal with us (excluding the laundry box), and have given one away since.
1999: João made all of these pine kists with the assistance of a carpenter with a club foot. We bought seven of them (not counting the laundry box) to Portugal with us, and have given one away since.

 

I made a symbolic start on our packing today, and took a relatively small bag to the rubbish bin down the road. It contained discarded items, which we have not used since we emigrated over five and a half years ago. That’s one kist dealt with, and space freed up for things that we do need to keep.

I saw three English women, two of whom I knew, at the café on the way back from the potential new cottage, and enjoyed chatting to them. I enjoyed another chat afterwards with the owner of the café, who gave me half the family history of the owner of the house on the hill.

Work continues at a slightly moderate pace, but the pace is due to pick up any day now as I begin editing a Portuguese to English translation of a very interesting book on wine and art, which has me full of anticipation and excitement.

Allison

 

 

 

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