Tuesday, May 4, 2010

My kingdom for a bucket.

The guys came today to pour the concrete for the terrace.  Sing a hallelujah chorus.

There were, I believe 7 or 8 of them, nothing like big big machines for attracting a crowd of men (and boys).  They had a freaking ENORMOUS pumper crane (above and below)

as well as the concrete mixer truck.

They had wheelbarrows, boots gloves (no raincoats?!?!?) giant palette knives for flattening the surface, tarps and I don't know how many individual vehicles.

They were however missing 2 buckets.  There are a lot of buckets in the house.  What I need to explain is a Catalan (Spanish?) tradition.  The tradition is this.  Never ever bring a bucket.

When a plumber came here to fix the hot water heating system?  No bucket.

The painter?  No bucket.

Friends or ours were reduced to hiding all of their buckets when work was being done on the house, so they went into the kitchen a grabbed tupperware!  When banned from that, they found the daughter's little bitty plastic beach bucket and shovel and mixed concrete in that.

The boss of the construction company was wandering the village at 8:30 am looking for a store that would be open to get a bucket ?!??!?!



Helen said...

How do they get those huge machines up there without knocking houses down?

Beth said...

Impressive photos! That's a LOT of cement!

The bucket thing? That's kind of odd.

J.G. said...

Will tomorrow's canvas be a portrait of the rare and elusive hallelujah terrace bucket?

Per word verification, that particular beast is known as a "foozonsa."

Hula Girl at Heart said...

That's like showing up to paint without any brushes. Crazy. Exciting though to see things rolling along.

The Bodhi Chicklet said...

And don't forget about the one that goes, "there's a hole in my bucket dear Liza, dear Liza". Culture shock! I have about 6 in my house!

Jason, as himself said...

What a lovely tradition!

Beth said...

Quite the irrational tradition.
Bet there are more you have yet to discover!

oreneta said...

Helen, I got off the balcony when they went buy.....these guys are GOOD.

Beth, I was sort of surprised by the size of the machinery vs the size of the job, but I guess those things come in one size fits all.

JG, sadly, no it was an ode to a concrete mixer!

Hula, it does kind of amaze me....but, well, whatever.

Bodhi....Dear liza dear Liza...I'm surprised Liza didn't knock him off with that bucket....he'd have driven me MAD.

Beth. Sure to be.

Vancouver Isle Doug said...

I will expect to see, in short order, photos of sexy Spanish construction guys hovering about. Can't wait!

Um, coincidence? The word I had to type in to approve my comment is relic!

oreneta said...


I'll see what I can do about the Spanish workmen, m'kay?