Me No Yankee, Yankee No!

Pookaverse has been reading the weather reports from back where you are. With grinding disbelief. Again? Another winter that the world’s sixth largest economy fails to cope with. Perennially  surely it is enough for everyone.  Do the bare-arsed monkeys at the top of the tree get it yet? The climate has changed. England per se, is colder and wetter. We have snow that the bookies won’t touch.

Over the weekend, progress on the house moves on apace. Despite which, Tonkey the dog looks distinctly unimpressed

Over the weekend, progress on the house moves on apace. Despite which, Tonkey the next-door neighbours dog looks distinctly unimpressed

More of monkeys later. And a country and more importantly a town where snow has never fallen. Well only once. On the mountains that look into the cathedral. Only for a few minutes. One day in June.

The excruciating delight after delivering barrow 15 to across the road to the bottom of the neighbour's garden

The excruciating euphoria after delivering barrow 15 just after 09:30 across the road to the bottom of the neighbour’s garden

Pookaverse completed the earth-moving part of the programme today. Tomorrow it’s painting. the exterior of the house. The windows are in. And Hilberto’s son Heraldo is tiling the floor.

The earth moved has almost covered Tony's house. Approximately 3 metric tonnes by hand, bucket and barrow

The earth moved has almost covered Tony’s house. Approximately 1.5 metric tonnes by hand, bucket and barrow…It is now called Tony’s fortress

It is a family of builders that we are helping. By doing the less technical jobs so that the experts can crack on. With the electrics. Tiling and the New Window scheme that has appeared over the weekend.

Our burden made light by Hilberto. Amongst his many qualities including a colloquial level of Spanish that would distract the unworthy. Humour. It goes something like this.

Jacob and Rohan raise their tools in triumph after the declaration "No Terra Excavacion Manama"...

Jacob and Rohan raise their tools in triumph after the declaration “No Terra Excavacion Manana”…

Ann and Alison's triumph is a little less subtle...

Ann and Alison’s triumph is a little less subtle…

Hilberto. Who has had many volunteers on the project. Including Americans. Will suddenly perform a little dance while strumming an imaginary guitar. “Yankee”, “Yankee” he will shout and indicate towards the four gringo’s working in the heavy-set clay and the garbage. “Me no Yankee” comes the reply. “Ok” says Hilberto, “No Yankee”. Ten minutes later the same performance. “Yankee”, “Yankee”. And so it goes on all day. Keeping hearts and loads light.

In a homage to pioneering photographer John C.H. Grabill, we show you how the west was won...

In a homage to pioneering photographer John C.H. Grabill, we show you How the West was Won…the west side of a little house somewhere east of San Ramon

Humour goes a long way. Humour is everything when there are no completely easy means to communicate.

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5 Responses to “Me No Yankee, Yankee No!”

  1. Thompson Says:

    Yankee

  2. martin Says:

    When you get back I’d like to talk to you about getting a conservatory done

  3. Terri and Andrew Says:

    Welldone, Keep….up the good work!! we have had over 6″ of snow!!
    lots oflove, Terri and Andrew xx

  4. Rach Says:

    Hey Guys,

    Look like your having fun !

    We’ve had 5 inches of snow in Basford and we’re LOVING it. Best amount of snow we’ve had in years – loads of fun and frolics 🙂 Last time the snow was this good was Christmas 2004 when we all went to the Duke of Bridgewater on Christmas night. Matt and Deb in Huddersfield have had proper big snowdrifts. Hope it snows some more this week – had another 2 inches yesterday.

    Anyway well done in your building efforts – I bet you’re picking up lots of new skills

    Love Rach & Bri
    xxxxx

  5. jose Says:

    its good to see that you both are looking fit and healthy again, xx

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