Today was the first day back at work after a longer summer vacation, most of which I spent mixing concrete, or so it feels. In practice, it was just about two cubic meters (70 cubic feet) of concrete spread over a two day build and most of the remainder of the work came from the immediate results thereof.
I thought I'd share some photos, but we'll start here. In Bulgaria, where we spent the first two weeks of my vacation. I truly struggled trying to find a photo from there which did not include my son, but there you have it. Most of the two weeks were spent in Primorsko, a largely resort town on Bulgaria's Black Sea coast, a definite improvement over Kiten, where we spent last years two weeks at the beach.
Directly from Bulgaria, we went north, to our vacation house in Jämtland, Sweden. At 98 acres of land, it's a bit of an oversized vacation home, but most of it is forest or fields. This is the view from our coming deck ("scheduled" to be built during the vacation of 2018 or earlier, time permitting). As it happens, the house doesn't have a shower (yet, more below), so you can imagine having a lake so close by is a life saver (we do, however, have a laundry machine and a dish washer, so it's just been personal hygiene that's suffered..)
The two main tasks for the 2016 vacation was to install a new boiler (replacing our old 5 liter boiler with a 160 liter boiler), reconnect a water pump (to get a bit better water pressure than that which gravity produce by itself) and place tiles and other things in what will become our bathroom (which had until now only been built to the waterproof layer).
As often is the case, there's more than meets the eye in such a build, and installing the boiler required all new plumping, new connections to the rest of the house, digging out about 30 cm of gravel/dirt from the basement (an old underground storehouse), casting a new floor in the same basement and then doing a bunch of electricity work on top of this.
As I'm writing this, I have about four meters of copper pipes to install left and a showerhead, but after this is done (which I hope to find a few hours in the evenings for this week), everything is set for coming back later this year, with the luxury of being able to take a warm shower. Inside!