Rugen, in the Baltic.

“Nature abhors a vacuum.” The quote is often attributed to Aristotle, the Greek philosopher (student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great) who lived from 384 to 322 BC. If you ever want to see this in action. All you need do is order a skip, and have it sit anywhere unguarded for no more than 48 hours. It will not be anywhere near as empty when you look again.

Another example, would be DIY (Do It Yourself ), or remodeling as it may be known elsewhere. I can not understand how it ever became popular. So popular, that hours of TV have been devoted to it and popular books written.

We had set aside some time to help with DIY tasks, here on Granny Island and were happy to employ our little basic skill in the subject. We had neglected to factor in the numerous unknown angles and bodged work of previous generations whose hands had touched such an elderly property. Nothing is straight, nothing is flat and raw plugs or any other modern hanging system is not happy with horse hair plaster.

DIY is therefore an example of something that will expand to fill any amount of time allocated to it. Two months have been taken up by something I still remember as “being ready for Christmas”. We are unfit and have put on weight, which is what happens on Granny Island. The end is in sight now, our fingers poised over the confirm purchase button on airline websites and we have this week put some time in on the bikes.

We are off to Portugal very soon. Soon enough to start looking at weather web sites on the WWW. Granny Island is called Rugen and it sits in the Baltic. In a number of languages the word Baltic is an adjective, meaning cold (strangely it has none of those meanings here).  It is Baltic here at the moment. Time to go South.