Today, 21 Mar 2017, some 14 months after we started buying our new home in Portelas, we finally completed everything and we now have the keys to the house.
As we have come to expect, more or less nothing went smoothly. The builder/decorator who is doing up the house before we move in was an hour late to meet the family to finalise what he was doing. And that is about as good as it got.
We went across at lunchtime because I wanted to do a couple of very simple things. I wanted to move the first tiny bit of our current home into our new home. I also wanted to establish my weather station in Portelas, aka establishing which direction is south.
The first one proved incredibly hard. There is a steep drive down to our bit (the oldies) of the new house. It seems that though we have the keys to the house, we do not have a key that opens up the gate at the bottom of the entrance drive, Our belongings went in the hard way, down a rather nasty set of stairs. If I look on the bright side I am now much fitter than I was when I woke up this morning.
The second one, the weather station, was impossible,. I wanted to check at 12.35am where the sun was. 12.35 is due south and permits me to set up an accurate weather station. How did that one go? No keys and no-one interested in looking out of the back. And when I finally cracked it, 99% cloud meant I could not work out whee the sun was.
Some belongings were transferred and Portelas was set up as base camp. No weather station. A nice peek inside Bernardo’s, the café opposite. Plus the location of the Portelas station for transfer of rubbish was identified.
It seems no one knows our exact address. The Portuguese electricity operator EDP is saying it will take 10 days plus to switch on our supply. We are hunting for a generator. The estate agent does not know the address of the property we have just purchased. The lawyer seems equally bemused. It could only happen in Portugal.
I wanted to bring you a photo of our new house in Portelas. Unfortunately it was solid cloud and spitting down. But guess what, when we got back to our old home it was ShiningInLuz.