One of the challenges in running the gîte is responding to last-minute customer requests. Our first customer of the new year asked on Monday if he could change his mind and use the pool after all. The challenge is that the pool is "hibernated" over winter, and before its first use in the new year, needs to be drained, cleaned and refilled, and then heated. Draining and cleaning takes a day, and refilling it takes another. Leaving just three days to heat it, which I hope is enough.
I wear my old windsurfing wetshoes to stop me from slipping on the wet pool liner, and to keep my feet warm in the water which is cold. But once in the pool I can give it a good scrub and it's satisfyng to see the pool all nice and clean.
Before I fill it up again, I have to tell the water company what I'm up to, so they don't think the water network has sprung a leak. But the result is a ready pool, warming nicely. I hope to have it over 25 degrees by Saturday afternon.