Winter has hit us with a vengeance. After a relatively mild December, temperatures have now taken a drastic turn for the worse. With thick frosts and temperatures as low as -6 in our village (and even lower in the surrounding area), it is not surprising that, despite leaving a tap running over night, our water pipe froze again, leaving us without water for a day. Southern Italy has had it worse with heavy snow, closed airports and reported deaths due to the cold. With no sign of it easing within the next couple of weeks, we’ve even ordered an extra delivery of wood to be on the safe side.
It’s certainly not the weather to be working in rooms without heating but until now there has been no rush to connect the under floor heating pipes to the system and now we are so close to tiling the floors we have to wait. However, with the wardrobes ordered and due at the end of the month, we’ve finished the plastering in the dressing room along with almost all the electrics. The loft has also been fully insulated although it is still missing a door. The shower and bathroom floor have been waterproofed and today saw the start of the tiling in the shower itself until our builder was called away to the vet.
Last week, he lost his goats to wolves that jumped the enclosure and mauled all three. Today, less than a week later, he received a call to say that his dog had been attacked during broad daylight and bitten in the throat. The vet confirmed that it was carried out by wolves and was not the first he had dealt with in recent weeks. I can only assume that the severe cold is forcing the wolves to go further in their hunt for food and in desperation, to do so during the day. Having only recently read about these attacks in the newspaper, knowing someone that has had first hand experience of the attack and aftermath brings home the reality of living in close proximity to the habitat of wild animals.
We are keeping our fingers crossed for our builder’s dog.