So on Wednesday, I asked the plumbers if they could give priority to the shower in the existing bathroom, as we had guests arriving Thursday. They said they would.
Thursday morning, they arrived a bit before 8:30 with a big box containing the shower. The noises coming from the bathroom over the next hour or so were, shall we say, less than encouraging. At about 9am I asked the plumber (now known by us as Mister Plombastic) if it was going well. “It’s going better”, he replied, which scared me somewhat.
At 10:30 we set off on the two and a quarter hour drive to Limoges airport to collect Ashley and Tracey who, I am glad to say, survived a pretty bumpy ride from Southampton.
We arrived back just before 4pm and were very pleasantly surprised to see that they had finished.
It has now been used and it’s pretty damn good. The rest should be done next week.
As you can see from the top picture, we have done modest Christmas decorations. I think that’s enough, and the fire looks gorgeous.
The plumbers arrived this morning and immediately started work on the piping to integrate the new units into the system. A massive hole has been cut into the wall between the downstairs bathroom and the barn (lower picture), which resulted in the guys scratching their heads and moving on to something else.
The shower has been put into position in the new bathroom, also the WC and cistern. As far as we can see nothing is plumbed in, and the shower cabinet for the existing toilet on the first floor is conspicuous by its absence.
We’ll see what happens tomorrow!
Yesterday, 3rd December, we celebrated our 6 months’ anniversary at Beaugut. How did we celebrate it? more work tidying the entrance (and putting up a few Christmas decorations in the séjour).
The previous owner of the property left us a vast amount of rubbish – the barn is still about a quarter full of his detritus as are a number of the outbuildings. Where he has had work done, there is still a lot of builders’ sand and other materials, including concrete blocks and road gravel. The latter we are putting to good use to clean up the surface of the driveway, as the photo shows. I think there’s enough left to go back to the road and maybe a little further in.
One of our longer term goals is to get the front of the house looking prettier, at something approaching zero cost. Watch this space!
That’s better! We wanted something a bit out of the usual for Santa, now we have Santa the cat burglar!
Meanwhile, more work has been done on the driveway in preparation for the gates hanging (personally, I always thought hanging was a little harsh. So the EC dislikes his business methods but is it a hanging crime?).
More will be done tomorrow and details and pictures will be posted, but it is looking so much nicer already.
We shall maybe also put up the decorations tomorrow.
We were out doing a bit of shopping yesterday afternoon – actually buying the fencing to go beside the main gate – when we were struck that it’s nearly Christmas.
It seemed to be a shame not to join in, so we bought a ladder-climbing Santa and a few other small things. Don’t worry, we’re not into overboard attempts to break the world record for a domestic electricity bill, and it could well be that Santa will be the extent of the outside stuff.
The fence beside the main gate (gate due to be hung in a couple of weeks) is now in place and stained to match the gate, as are the fence and gate along the side. See pictures.
I was speaking to Adam in Florida yesterday evening and, of course, he has no opportunity to see the house (not for a while anyway), so we have decided to put together a short ‘through the keyhole’ video that we can upload to the main part of the Beaugut.com website. Look out for that in the new year.
Meantime, ’tis time for us to put up the internal decorations – and I think I need to change the angle of Santa’s head …