Talk about drawers I need my thermal ones on today. There was a good hard frost this morning (-4°C). We took this picture last night and it was just for show (it shows me reading?) – we did it for a Christmas e-mail that we sent instead of a card, well actually we didn’t use that one in the end but …
The plumbers are here again today. I think their favourite sport at the moment is trying to arrive before I get up – they got here at 08.15 this morning!! They get progressively earlier every time they come but I will be ready for them tomorrow morning ??? They moved the toilet downstairs to make way for a junction so that they could attach the new toilet piping to it (looks like my next job will be boxing that in)They have put the sink into the vanity unit and some other technical things that I don’t pretend to understand.
The cattle are in the field behind us again which is nice… no, really. They are beautiful white Charolais cattle but the trouble is that they have dirty bottoms, I can’t tell you how tempted I am to get the hose on them!! Well, as you can tell – I don’t have much to report today so I won’t prattle on forever, until the next installment ……….
What a great weekend we had! We picked Ashley and Tracey up from Limoges on Thursday in high winds and rain.
Friday we pretty much stayed in, except for a quick outing to the Boulangerie for much needed supplies of bread and sticky confections. Well, the weather was not good, and it did our guests no harm to rest. They are both very busy people and it’s not too often they can afford to veg out.
Saturday we popped down to the Puy-de-Dôme itself, via the zoo at its base. Both were closed, the former as the road was unpassable close to the peak, what with it being winter and all. We then came back via Clermont-Ferrand, where we stopped for a superb lunch and a spot of sightseeing and window shopping. We saw a Tiercel Peregrine flying over the centre of the city in the vicinity of the cathedral, where it undoubtedly has its roost. The weather was cold and occasionally drizzly, but OK on the whole.
Sunday we took them back to the airport at Limoges, amid pretty reasonable weather. On the way we saw a Rough-legged Buzzard and another raptor that was just too far away and too fleeting for a proper identification (I guess my inability to find a suitable place to stop didn’t help). That was, of course, in addition to the countless Buzzards and Kestrels that are an integral part of the skies in these parts.
The plumber was supposed to come today. He called a bit after 8am to say that he had an emergency and would turn up tomorrow. Well, there’s no urgency for a couple of weeks, and I think it would be good to see the electrician first anyway.
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.
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!
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