Once again I’ve had a troupe of fabulous helpers and housesitters over the summer, enjoying the bubble of paradise that is Magura.
Puppy and his adored new chum Jaap. Jaap was also flavour of the month for cat Mouse, who took one look and declared undying love.
Lucky Puppy does well out of my visitors and helpers. Sean, from upstate New York, spent a good deal of his free week making Puppy a new winter-proof kennel – solid and warm against blizzards.
Sean tackled a satisfying but very fiddly task – painting my upstairs balcony. The wrought iron is a pain to paint but now looks black and beautiful.
Carolina, from Sao Paolo, was only here for a few days, but enjoyed the lashing rain, low cloud and thunderstorms, –capturing the mountain atmosphere on film
Angus was a cheery presence around the place while I was in Scotland – took care of the cats and was led around the village and surrounding hills by Puppy.
Jaap made the most of June’s sunny weather while working outside
Angus, long-time resident of Romania, came for a week to entertain the cats and keep any huffy wolves from the door – and now is in Adelaide, south Australia, missing the mountains. Good luck Angus, and thanks…
As for my volunteers from the HelpX site, there have been a great quartet since June, who have shifted vast quantities of stone and earth, moved timber and made beds (garden, raised variety); cleaned windows and painted wrought iron; made shelves and a winter-proof dog kennel, and a dozen other tasks which I’m too feeble and/or feckless to do myself.
The house and garden are significantly tidier, smarter, cleaner, sounder, more productive and generally closer to the end vision than they were at the start of summer, so a massive thank you to Jaap (Netherlands), Greta (Australia), Carolina (Brazil) and Sean (USA). Here they are caught red-handed (except Greta – why didn’t I get a pic of you, Greta? Sorry!)