Putting the garden and swimming pool to one side for a moment, on the inside things were in a much more ‘complicated’ state, shall we say. In Portuguese law when a house is sold it must be sold in a condition that is deemed liveable, which means it must have electricity and running water.
But when we finally arrived at the property there were no light fittings, no taps and no cupboard handles. I might be exaggerating a little – there were perhaps one or two working taps. Nonetheless, we had our work cut out for us. Everything was ‘ripped out’ because the house was repossessed by the bank and this is apparently what they do. With the taps that were still existing we made a note of their ‘brand’ name and just bought more of them, so it wasn’t the end of the world.
Looking on the bright side it meant that we could kit out the house how we pleased as we had a completely blank slate. But, as they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day, so we had many many weeks with no cupboard handles until that job came around on the list.
Another problem was that we had a wasps nest in the window frame of one of the bedrooms. The chap who was fumigating the wood worm in the older part of the house was also going to take care of this issue – he claimed that if one of them bit you then you would definitely be hospitalised and we couldn’t have that.