Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Roofing Work Starts

The day started with Chris finding this beautiful frog!

So the roofers have arrived. They are amazingly agile! There's me trying to work out how they were going to get up to the top of the scaffolding and they just swung themselves up there! And then they stand up on the roof!

In the morning our friend Henri arrived with a lovely box of fresh veggies. Delicious lettuce, new potatoes, spring onions and artichokes. Never cooked artichokes before!

Henri took Chris to a place nearby to get his strimmer fixed. They were back after an hour or so and Henri then returned home. Chris was really pleased as the family business they had visited had been very helpful and had fixed his strimmer then and there for a very reasonable price. It's wonderful to have good neighbours like Henri to introduce us to these local businesses. 

So the roofers' task today was to remove the old felt shingle tiles using shovels. They seemed to have no fear!

Later on in the morning, a lorry arrived with our tiles. 

The lorry had a sophisticated crane on it that lifted the pallets of tiles. 

It turned out to be an extremely hot day with temperatures reaching over 30 degrees. I felt sorry for the roofers as they told me it was even hotter up on the roof. I kept them supplied with cold drinks and biscuits. 

After lunch there was a bit of confusion about the waterproof membrane that goes beneath the tiles. The roofing boss arrived and it was all sorted. 

The roofers worked very hard and, by the end of the day, the felt shingles had been removed and all taken to the recycling centre. 

The roofers returned to cover the exposed woodwork with tarpaulins just in case it rained overnight. With the heatwave we were experiencing, I thought it probably wasn't necessary but I was to be proved wrong!

The guard rails left open...health and safety!

After all that hard work, time for me to have a quiet moment in the hammock!

Chris decided to do some strimming. 

Thanks for visiting! 

Maggie xx

Monday, 29 June 2015

Scaffolding is Up!

Exciting times! The scaffolding has now been put in place on the back of the house ready for the roofers to start work tomorrow!

Our electrician also called by to take details of the rewire of the cottage. 

Later on in the day,  I realised we'd run out of bread so I made a loaf!

There's something therapeutic about kneading dough by hand. 

So lovely to have your company!

Maggie xx

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Preparing for the Workmen

Sunday 28th June

Some preparation to do today as our roofers and electrician are arriving tomorrow morning. The farmhouse roof is being replaced and the cottage is being rewired. 

We've moved some stuff around and relocated Harvey J to the side of the barn so the roofers have room for their lorries, scaffolding, materials. etc. We're not sure how much disruption will be caused by the rewire but we're prepared to move back into Harvey J for the next two weeks if need be. 

In between chores, there's always time for a pot of tea....using the beautiful and oh so cute tea cosy that my Mum knitted for me. 

A nice surprise after lunch... Our friend and neighbour Henri popped by to see us. So lovely to see him again. 

Chris cleared a lot of junk from the first floor of the farmhouse and I took the opportunity to take some photos whilst we were up there. 

Photos of the current roof. 

Chris had strimmed the front of the farmhouse. The grass had been so high there.

The cottage kitchen is looking so pretty now!

Lovely to have your company!

Maggie xx

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Hammock Heaven

Saturday 27th June

After early showers and hair washes, we drove to Scaer. Our plan was to get there reasonably early to visit the local market. We arrived in good time to buy some artisan sausage and some herb plants.... a rosemary and a thyme to put in pots for now. 

We then took Spencer for our favourite walk along the Voie Verte, the walk that takes the path of the old railway track. 

 I love this walk and the old Art Nouveau railway bridge we pass over. 

It was a glorious sunny day....

And warm enough for Spencer to have a swim......

Boy did he have fun!

After our walk we went back to Harvey J for lunch then to Le Clercs for groceries. We had decided to see if they had any garden chairs and before we knew it, we had purchased a recliner and a hammock! They weren't impulse buys honest! The chair was on our list and I'd wanted a hammock for a long long time! At 40 euros (about £30) and with its own frame, I couldn't leave without it! Somehow a TV found its way into the trolley too! Now we can watch the Walking Dead on a bigger screen than the laptop!

We got home, put the shopping away and Chris assembled the hammock. Oh my goodness, what relaxation!

Gently swaying, looking at the clouds pass by in the blue sky, the birds singing and the bees buzzing....Chris had always been rather sceptical about my hammock obsession but half an hour later I'm pretty sure he was convinced too as he slept on it like a baby for at least an hour!

I keep telling him I'm always right about these things!

Thank you for popping by!

Maggie xx