So our on-going fight with the roof continues and will probably go on for months. There is just the 2 of us doing the job and Dave works full time, so it seems to take ages to do anything. But around that job we also are grappling with the garden and trying to sort out the levels so that we don't have any problem with the water and unusual ponds in the garden this winter.
After having lots of discussions with the Mairie, they have provided soil for us to raise the garden levels up so that it is higher than the road and we can block off the water coming over from the lavoir. So far we are 2 large lorry loads in and still needing more. Due to not having our own mini digger (who has?) we have done this the old fashioned way with brute force and lots of digging and raking. This is how it's going.
So now this is done we just have to dig out the old tree stump and get some more soil to fill in the last section before we can grass seed it all. We have built a raised flower bed in front of the hedge with a rock edging to block water out from the lavoir. The ground was nearly 2 ft lower before we did this. At the end of the photo above you can see the chickens helping with searching for grubs in the old tree stump.