Our grounds look like a battlefield. Trenches open everywhere. But, the septic tank (fosse septique) is in the ground! Wonder of wonders, our contractor turned up on the day he'd promised and started tearing out the bushes and digging the trench behind the house. It must have been Caroline's persistent, weekly phone calls.
Things are finally moving. Whilst the ground is open, we are placing water pipes and electricity cables to the Antoinette barn. That will save us digging it all up again once we get round to making the barn habitable.
Klaus is also working on getting a pump installed so that we can use the old well in front of the house.
We are fine-tuning the layout of our en-suite bathroom and guest bathroom upstairs. This involves treating the timber for parasites, relaying broken roof tiles and sealing and insulating the space between the beams. We don't have a lot of headroom and are investigating different ways to get more light into the space without having to resort to modern skylight windows.
We plan to begin that phase of the work in the spring. Before the winter, we need to insulate the annex where we have our present WC and shower. Thick curtains in front of the doors and draft excluders will be the order of the day.
So we have enough to keep us busy and the mud and dust keeps getting walked into the house. But it has been pretty painless so far. Speak too soon?...
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