Monday, September 29, 2008

The roof is complete

Somewhere there amongst the mayhem of the wedding we received the news that the roof in France was now complete and I have been trying to upload photos. Our good friend and "project manager" always sends us photos but to make it easier and quicker he sends them as .pdf files and it takes all my brain cells (which are getting fewer by the day!) to work out how to import those photos to Blogger. Fingers crossed that there are some photos with this post.

As you can imagine we were very excited by the news, thrilled with the results and cannot wait to get out there and see it in person. Looks like we may be able to squeeze in a trip in late October, once the wedding fallout has been assessed. The house is still a long way from being habitable and our usual accommodation in a very nearby gite is unavailable this time, it appears they are no longer trading as a gite, which is a bit of a pain. So we are scouting around trying to find somewhere to stay as close as possible to the village.

We are hoping to make a little progress towards making the property "habitable" or maybe a better word would be "squattable". We want to try and get a woodburning stove bought if not actually installed and talk to artisans about the wiring and installation of a hot water tank and shower. One of these days I guess we also have to take the bull by the horns and flush the toilet - believe me that is scarier than it sounds, we have no idea what state the septic tank is in and nobody has lived there for many many years. When we were there in April, we noticed a leak in the loo and bought what we hoped was the required part, however, never got around to fixing it. We strategically left the part on top of the loo seat in the hope that if the builders wanted to use the facilities, they might fix it for us. Probably very wishful thinking on our part, for all we know they just went ahead and used it, leak and all!!


dND said...

What a change, I bet you can't wait to come over and see it again, hopefully you'll find a close gite.

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Oh every bit of progress is such a milestone to be celebrated. Those builders and the part on the loo seat? I'd look for a hole dug in the back garden before they would fit it! Good luck finding a new gite.

aims said...

It looks fantastic SITH!

What a difference between here and there huh?

travelling, but not in love said...

Looks good. You having a a topping out ceremony? Although I guess that's a new building more than a new roof?

Still, any excuse to open the champagne!

Breezy said...

Looking good SITH I wouldn't hold your breath on the part for the loo though after all your builders are French they'll just of pee'd in your garden!

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