Leaving the house in the hands of the mason and his team for several weeks, we take a holiday on the island of Anglesey, the first real holiday away from home for years. Friends send us reassuring news and photos of how the building work is progressing. Towards the end of the month we return to make a start on the big clean up and the decorating – the final push.
The good weather continues well into November. A new ceiling is fitted in the living and dining room end of the house where there was no real ceiling before. New wood burning stoves arrive for the kitchen and living room and we steadily plough our way through the decorating.
Finally and quite suddenly the weather changes and becomes cold and damp. Getting the house to the stage where we are ready to bring back the furniture from the barn becomes a race against the clock. Cleaning the tomettes in the dining room takes much longer than we expected. In fact everything takes much longer than we expected but, eventually, we get the place looking more like home……then straight away leave to return to the UK just in time for Christmas!
So that was our 2015. We hope that our 2016 will be a lot calmer!