July was a busy month: really busy. The roofers were still here, and we were working on the sas d'entrée. Later in the month we had visitors: first my brother and sister and their respective spouses, then my uncle Geoff and aunt Pat. A month, however, most notable for my birthday, celebrated in style.
In August we started work in the attic, first building a new floor, and then going on to insulate the whole roof space. I also managed to finally sort the mysteries of Célestine's headlight switch, whilst Susan filled the kitchen with jam.
October was a bit of an odd month: work on the house continued (this time in the office), and we took some visitors on tours, but all the while the weather couldn't make its mind up - a recurring theme this year. Our poster campaign got underway, to really good response (thank you). Meanwhile, the rest of France suffered with a series of strikes; which we noticed, but they didn't really affect us.
an October day that also bought us teeming rain
Which brings us to where we are now. December. It has been cold, and we had plenty of snow at the start of the month. We started work on the kitchen, finishing the insulation of the house in the process. Last year we has one room that was warm, and two rooms which were tolerable as long as you were wearing gloves and a hat. This winter we can use the whole house (but not the graineterie) wearing sensible level of clothing.
Some numbers from 2010:
- 20 rolls of insulation
- 80 sheets of placo (plasterboard)
- 7775 photos
- 2 electric drills
- 98,000 visitors to the blog
- 250 orchids in the orchard
- 425 metres of electrical cable
Our circle of friends in and around Preuilly has widened, and we are particularly grateful for the advice and energy provided by Stéphane. Without him, we would not have got nearly as far with the house. Susan.
2011 eh. Whooda thunk it?