You may recall the wall around the entire front garden that collapsed a couple of years ago when the flooding was particularly bad. It was a dry stone wall but it had never been cemented together, so Mr A demolished the entire wall and rebuilt it properly.
He is currently working on the side of the house. Rebuilding the dry stone wall and making a cemented area where he can park the truck. The roads are so bad that if he doesn't do this before the rain starts, the truck will most likely get stuck in the mud. As you can see there is still much to be done here.
|The wall is lovely|
|...and this is where the truck will be parked...eventually!|
The wall will also have to be built up again behind the house where there is a steep hill. When it rains water pours down through the existing wall as far as the back of the house, causing it to seep through the walls and make the bedrooms damp. A drainage channel will also need to be dug out here.
We have a flat roof and there are leaks through the ceiling in the sitting room and kitchen. When we were in Milas on Tuesday we bought some liquid to protect the roof from the rain. It is sold in 20kg containers costing 120 lira. We really needed two to cover the entire roof, but we have budgeted for all the essential work and simply can't afford it at the moment. So Mr A has covered the leaky area with one container, which we hope will do the trick. If we can afford it, we will get another one later.
We also bought enough whitewash, which is very cheap, to paint the entire outside of the house, and the kitchen. The kitchen ceiling in particular is bad as this is where most of the rain leaks through.
There is a huge amount of work to be done and Mr A is now racing against the clock to get it finished before the rain starts. Thankfully the weather is still very good and fingers crossed it continues for a few weeks more.