Bodega to working kitchen in record time.Â
It suddenly? dawned on us that we are expecting a load of friends, including two children for Christmas. To suitably entertain themÂ and even more important feed a that crowd we needed the bodega to become the new kitchen.
Preparing for aÂ floating floor,Â lime mortar for the old walls, central heating, aÂ partition andÂ second skins for all outside walls, electricsÂ Â and so on.
We ordered a new kitchen island at our local furniture factory (Maymar) and a door and windows from a great source in Bulso. These were the first windows and doors we ever ordered. He tookÂ the time to advise us and the result, thanks to our unsusual colour choice of ‘matt black’ is stunning.Â Â We also needed a plasterer.Â IÂ do rendering but the fine smooth finish of the white stuff is still slightly beyond me. This was in November and all agreed to deliver, install and finish before x-mas.
It didn’t help the stress levels that 10 days before x-day I realised that we needed two additional radiators. Pablo, our long sufferingÂ « fontaneiro » agreed to have it done.Â
It became a very tight schedule, butÂ all finished in time.Â Just!!!
The plasterer came a week before the first of our friends were due. Three days before x-day the kitchen arrived. No granite yet – inÂ three more days….Â At -8C in the morning theÂ doors and windows arrived. Nice fit – ahhh the « cristallo » is late. The glass will arrive in two more days….. Well, plastic had to do for the moment.
Â A bit of grouting at night. The not unimportant oven arrives. Lets test the ham whilst the new granite is settling in.
Breakfast with the first arrivals.Â The granite is fixed and the glass for the doors and windows appeared. « Don’t touch the glass » became the standard phrase for about two days. And yes, we had a fully working kitchen, with heating and all the trimmings.
So let the x-mas feasting begin! For us Christmas is the night of the 24th.
Well, for our friends kidsÂ that left the question – Can father Christmas really squeeze through this chimney?
Oh yes he can!
A special thank you from us and our friends goesÂ toÂ all the tradesmen who made this special x-mas possible.