Just back from south western France after a protracted journey via Dunkirk due to industrial action at Calais to a very cool Barrington (all relative as its 22 degrees today). The last week has been very productive but has been a test of endurance in forty degree plus heat. I perhaps should rename the last post from Scorchio to Temperate as the twenty four degree temperatures would have been a welcomed cool day on this visit.
To combat the high temperatures, we started worked at 7.00 am and finished at 2.30pm but even by 10 o’clock it was unbearably hot. The task on this project was to complete the hardlandscaping started last visit. This meant laying the limestone paving on the upper terrace. Only 15sqm but south facing with no shade. So armed with factor 30, a pop up gazebo and many litres of water the work started. Only one day in and we decided not to work the next day as the temperature was to be forty five degrees. This day was spent inside with the windows, doors and (new) shutters all closed. This kept it cool inside, again relative, as it was still uncomfortably warm whilst painting. A step outside though, confirmed how cool it was inside as the paving was too hot to walk on. Paving was completed on the Wednesday, leaving two further days to prepare the garden, set up the pool and finish the interior ready for our holiday in three weeks time. This was all completed at 10.00pm on Friday. All done, I am now looking forward to our holiday when I can lie in bed as long as I want and spend time enjoying the fruits of my labours…..well that’s the plan…..