In the meantime, Gail's neighbour Helene that we had met at her house arrived to say bonjour. We showed her around and I offered her a drink but she went on her way saying that we must come to her house for coffee soon. She was very friendly and chatty. She spoke mostly in French with a little English to help out now and then.
Just before 11am, Jean arrived about the roof. We had been told he was quick and efficient and he certainly was today wasting no time assessing the roof and taking measurements. He told us it was not a complicated roof and he would email a quote to us after the weekend. We liked him and were pleased we had taken the first step in getting the roof fixed.
We were also pleased that we had conversed with two people in French and managed to get by!
I then got on with cleaning the rest of the cupboard I wanted to paint later.
I prepared lunch and could hear a lot of banging noises. Chris emerged from the cottage and informed me he had taken down the wooden cooker hood. I was pleased. It was in the way and had an outlet in the ceiling that led all the cooking smells into the bedroom upstairs. There had probably been a flue of some kind in the past.
Removing it had opened up the kitchen.
We had lunch. Chris went outside and got on with jobs in the barn and also cut the ivy from the oak tree by the road.
I painted the cupboard as planned.
Inside and out.
It still needs at least one more coat but it looks so much better especially compared with the cupboard on the right.
That was just about it for today.