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Jul. 30th, 2008

blue_leaf was asking for pictures... well, for a start, here's the bruise on my elbow (from the fall when the Year 9 girl ran into me in the gym)!

Pictures of the rest of me? Well... sometime...

Had a really busy day. We're looking at Jesus Camp (I talked about that last week, I think). Most of the girls are pretty horrified at what is going on there and how young the children are. And they're amazed at the open hostility towards Muslims, calling them the enemy and describing them as people who train children to be suicide bombers from an early age. I have a Muslim in my class who was amazed and pretty affronted. The rest of the girls hastened to reassure her that they didn't feel anything like that. I collected my tiles for the new bathroom. I got stone kind of looking tiles, in a creamy-tan colour for the walls of the shower and a darker greyish tone for the floor. It's awfully exciting to be doing this, changing from the white plastic shower to tiles. I can't wait.

Steve still away. He sat beside Temuera Morrison today for a meal!! None of us will ever forget Once Were Warriors. Or Dr Ropata LOL!


Jul. 31st, 2008 11:58 am (UTC)
Tiles made in Spain sound exotic. Ours are Marco Polo in two shades, which sounds exotic but I suspect they were made in Taiwan! I just can't wait to see them up and running (apart from the difficulties of a family of five coping for over a month with the one bathroom after being spoilt with two for so long).

-so we're going to pick them up there, in Burgos (which we have to go through to drive to Portugal)
I hope they weigh less than mine did, I'm sure I used an eighth of a tank of petrol just getting the car load home from Kaiwharawhara, it weighed so much.
Aug. 1st, 2008 09:15 am (UTC)
We're intending to buy a van for taking stuff to and fro (then selling it once we've come to the end) and it will have to take our scaffolding and various other heavy pieces of equipment so I imagine a few tiles will be OK.
Spain and Portugal make a lot of tiles and they are, of course, cheaper there. The Portuguese even tile the outside of some houses - I'll have to take some photos for you!! But I don't really like the old style very florid ones and I lo-o-ve the new stone-look style!
The 'norm' throughout the area is to tile all floors but we think we'll just tile the bathrooms and use wood everywhere else - softer and warmer on the feet.
Aug. 1st, 2008 10:14 am (UTC)
-The Portuguese even tile the outside of some houses - I'll have to take some photos for you!!
I'd love to see them When we were in Macau we saw that, streets of Portuguese style tiled houses. And cobbled roadways. So bizarre in the middle of what was really a very Chinese Macau!!!
Aug. 1st, 2008 10:45 am (UTC)
There's a tiled house in 'our' village that I've been meaning to photograph every time we've been. I'll make sure I do, next time! It looks as if 'completion' is going to be at the end of August/beginning of September.
Aug. 1st, 2008 10:16 am (UTC)
-but we think we'll just tile the bathrooms and use wood everywhere else - softer and warmer on the feet.
My parents had a totally floor-tiled apartment one holiday in Aussie, and we visited them there. A LOT of stuff broke when it hit the floor!!! Mum's glasses off the bathroom cabinet, Dad's glass that just slipped from his fingers as he dozed off, a jar in the kitchen...
Aug. 1st, 2008 10:43 am (UTC)
That's exactly what we thought. Colin dropped a glass in the tiled kitchen/living room of the apartment we were staying in last time... So we think wood most places, and wood with lino on top that looks like tiles in the kitchen. Then real tiles in the bathrooms but use plastic 'glasses' in there! (And maybe put tiny rails round an area for putting your spectacles!)We're not sure about the balcony - at the moment it's painted concrete - I'd quite like tiles but maybe outdoor decking would be more practical!



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