31 October 2021
29 October 2021
Angles is always good for a stroll around. We first went there in 2007 during our first house hunting tour of the region. That would have been almost exactly fourteen years to the day. Goodness, how time flies. Where does it go? I remember that we thought how beautiful the place was, contributing to our feeling that it would be great if we could find somewhere to live in this region.
The view from the upper part of the town over the river Anglin is fabulous.
In Angles there is an abundance of quaintness everywhere.
Not all the houses are crumbling, humble cottages. Some are for the more well heeled.
The ruined château sits at the highest point overlooking everything.
One can ponder what this building might have been.
We claimed one of the empty tables at the first restaurant we passed and decided on an early dinner. There were a lot of visitors and not many places to eat. By the time we had ordered most of these tables were occupied.
The light was fading as we finished our meal but the market was still in full swing.
A stroll through the ancient streets after dark presented a whole new perspective on life in an old medieval town.
Bon weekend !!
25 October 2021
21 October 2021
13 October 2021
In 2020 we were only able to stay in France for eight weeks because of the pandemic. (That's a fraction of how long we usually stay, twenty six weeks or thereabouts.) One of the things we noticed early on in our eight weeks was a huge crack in the barn wall next to the door. The wall was effectively falling outwards. What this picture doesn't show is that on the inside, a massive beam that supports the barn roof and should have been sitting on this wall, was now almost resting on fresh air!
We approached the builder who had fixed our chimney the year before and he came along to take a look at it. He rapidly fitted an acrow prop under the beam to support it and avert the potential catastrophe of the beam collapsing, possibly taking a huge chunk of the roof with it. He also came up with an idea to fix it, saying he would start the work in October.
That was last year but time went by, a devis (estimate) never arrived, the work never got started and we found ourselves looking for a new builder. Local inquiries earlier this year revealed that all the builders for miles around were incredibly busy and booked up for months ahead, if not years. However..............
We have friends in the village who are in the process of having their house renovated and, having learned of our building woes, invited their builder to take a look. To our absolute joy he not only agreed to do the job but also to do it while we were there in the summer. What a relief! One of our worries about having it done in our absence was the security problem if the barn doors had to come off while nobody was living in the house.
He came up with a different plan to fix it - by taking down a large chunk of the defective wall, rebuilding it and rehanging the doors and work was to start in the middle of September. Our friends had effectively agreed to "lend" him to us for a while so that the job could be done before the end of our Schengen period.