One step forward. Ten steps back...

One step forward. Ten steps back…

The one thing that we have realised since relocating to Istria, is that PATIENCE is a quality which we must have, at all times. Every waking minute. Because everything, absolutely everything here, takes an age to get done. Nothing happens quickly. And never immediately. We are gradually shaking off our (*my*) impatient nature(s) and realising that things do not happen here, like they did back in England. And to think we would moan and tut and grumble about how bad systems were back in the UK! The above photograph illustrates why we need a daily dose of patience.

The work on the wall started over two weeks ago. Previous to this, the room did resemble a room. We were using the concrete table, we had created a sofa on the platform and gorgeous navy blue velvet curtians had been hung, providing us with warmth and privacy. The work has involved fixing insulation tiles with insulating adhesive, plastering it, fixing a mesh barrier, plastering again and finally a layer of skim. Then building a ledge which will sit along the back of the raised ledge, with lighting. So, quite a bit of work and time is needed for the paster to dry out – but it is taking forever. Because of the nature of our house – an old stone house that hadn’t been lived in regularly for some time before we bought it – we always have to factor in unforseen problems. And, so we need to exercise…

But, never mind, we have our lovely kitchen, which we have had to exercise much patience over. It took a good few months to get everything done prior to it finally being installed, but it’s still not quite finished. A couple of jobs still need to be completed by the company who installed. Another exercise in being patient, as we bat emails back and forth and we try to keep our cool so that they don’t just decide to go quiet on us. Other jobs are down to us, adding to the builder’s list – and again, as each job is added, another takes a bit more time to complete. Today’s job has involved installing the lighting for the shelving in the corner, meaning wiring all over the place again and everything having had to be moved from shelves and work tops. Still, at least it’s being done and I’m crossing my fingers that by tonight, everything will be back to normal and not looking like it currently does…

Back to a tangle of wires...

Back to a tangle of wires…

Never mind, it’ll all soon be put back togther and our corner shelves will have lovely underlighting. Hopefully tonight.

But, we are still having to exercise…

And this time, it’s properly killing me! We have finally, we think (and we hope, as it’s cost quite a few pounds) found a way to at last get UK TV. We’ve not got fixed line internet – patience again, being key here – and our internet situation is reliant on 4G, so we have to have satellite. But, and here’s the rub, Croatian and Italian TV are both pretty rubbish. We tend to default to BBC World News or Kitchen 24 – yep, a channel of cookery programmes, 24 hours a day, which means that at times we can gorge on Jamie, Nigella, Nigel etc. A little bit of TV sanity. The TV situation has been driving us mad – and we haven’t been able to see the wood for the trees, but have now worked out that by purchasing the following, we can, fingers crossed, be able to access everything we have missed on the TV.

And this is where I need to dig deep, into my reserves of patience. In my excitement, when I ordered and paid for it on Monday, all I saw was “Next Day Delivery” by UPS. And when UPS deliver, they usually find us, so I really thought that by yesterday (Tuesday), I’d be sitting pretty, watching all that is familiar.

Not to be! “Next Day Delivery” is apparently after it’s been despatched – and I’m still waiting to hear that this has happened. Guessing I won’t be watching The Apprentice tonight. I will however, be trying very hard, to exercise…