Friday, 3 April 2015

First Step towards a New Roof

We got up in good time as we had Jean from the roofing firm arriving at 11am to assess the farmhouse roof in order to give us a 'devis'. We had been looking up and reminding ourselves of words we might need as Jean didn't speak English. I was pleased as it meant we had to speak French and that was the only way we were going to truly learn.

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. 

Maggie xx


  1. Wow, you have been so busy!!! I hope you can have some time to relax soon! xx

  2. You are making huge progress! I love it that you have so much vision!

  3. That's a relief. At least you were able to get that settled already. It’s good that this new roof was something you have coordinated with people who have had vast experiences with roofing, so you know that roof is built to last. Cheers!

    Carl Morton @ A.I.O. Homes

  4. Wonderful about the roof, your French and opening up your kitchen and painting! What paint are you using? A primer? I've been wanting to paint mine as they are dark wood and my kitchen is too dark as it is but once again, I plan on moving so probably not! LOL!

  5. It’s great that you’ve started with the roof already, while the weather was still cooperating. Anyway, how are your other home projects coming along? I hope they’re all coming along well. Good day!

    Pleasance Faast @ Shelton Roof

  6. We are looking forward to the new roof, Maggie. Though it seems that it is nearing completion, judging from that recent update. It's quite heartwarming to see how a lot of folks have put in all their efforts to make sure that it is a good one. Kudos to you all, and we hope to see your new roof in its fullest glory soon.

    Terence Warner @ Brunwin Roofing


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