Owning a home means keeping up with the ongoing maintenance. That’s certainly true here in Bali where the weather changes dramatically throughout the year.
Over the past few months, the weather has been quite lovely. It’s been hot and a little breezy. There has been almost no rain for months in my area. I have lots of plants and trees in and around my home so the lack of rain means I’ve needed to water them myself. While I do enjoy the daily meditation of watering the plants, sadly I don’t have the spare time to do it as often as is needed. So I decided to set up a watering system.
I saw a few expensive systems online but I knew that our handyman extraordinaire Pak Slamet would be able to solve this problem cheaply and efficiently. I explained the problem, and after a quick trip to the hardware, he returned with new pipes, taps and hooks. He started building a basic system in different outdoor sections of our home. Not long later he was finished. Hey presto! A simple system that I can turn on and off and it will water the garden without me needing to be there.
But the weather isn’t always this lovely. Before too long, the rainy season will be upon us. So Pak Slamet has also been preparing our home. All that water has to go somewhere so we’ve been cleaning out the drains. In addition, the roof of our office is quite flat so before each rainy season we repair any cracks in the concrete and repaint it with thick waterproof paint. Fingers crossed this keeps the office nice and dry on the inside!
This is our 50th Build Diary blog about our own experience building (and living) in Bali. It all started a few years ago when I had a dream to build my own home here in Bali. 2 years of building, and 50 blogs later here we are! Building here has certainly been a learning experience for me!
More recently, we’ve been focussing on other brave souls who are building on the Island of the Gods. Massive thanks to all those adventurous souls who have allowed us to follow their build journeys too.
Stay tuned! There’s a lot more to come!