Friday, 19 February 2016

Measure, measure and measure again.



So as winter has crept up and we are moving toward spring, instead of having icicles hanging from the beams we have been basking in a warm glow.

No we haven't got central heating but we do have a nice shiny new double glazed window. However we nearly didn't.
It took 3 attempts at getting the right size, as the bricks around the window point inwards and there isn't a straight line on the wall atall. However 3rd time lucky and we made it.
The old window is finally out!! we will keep it and reuse it for something, maybe a giant photo wall.

Someone looks happy.


It's meant to be in the hole!

It's in :)

Looking better, just the upstairs windows to go now.


What's been going on here then?



Hi all, it's been ages since I have written a post - why? because I have been really busy. Last year I was asked to apply for a CDI job by my current boss who I was working as and when needed for.

The job was working in a local school everyday during the lunch break and supervising the children there, and then a educational club with the school after lunch. In the evenings I would be cleaning the school and also 3 afternoons a week helping in other schools.  I umm'd and ahh'd about whether I should apply for the job as I hadn't really got any proper experience working with kids but thought I'd give it a go anyway.

After a nerve wracking interview in which I had to give a presentation about myself and then answer questions etc - I got the job!!

So since September I have been working in the schools. It has been scary and I have learnt loads and I mean loads of new words and also lots of interesting things about French culture that I didn't know.  So all in all I find that when I'm not working I'm trying to catch up on housework, garden work and working with Dave on the house.  Writing this seems to have been snowed under the other mountains of work that always need doing.

Anyway enough of this - what's going on in the house??

We have been trying to get the house warmer and safer as well. So we have put in a  new door and window and a new fire. We have also been working on the barn, In the future the barn will be our kitchen and utility room with the master bedroom above it. This was always going to be the hardest part of the house as the roof came down on the barn more than 40 years ago and the rain and weather have been making their way in since then. In reality we are surprised that it has managed to stay up.




That wood does look rotten doesn't it.


This Ivy has been a pain in the bum to get rid of.


So all in all this year is about sorting the roof of the barn out, re-roofing and getting new wood on the front of it. We have started this job last year but time, money and weather were against us. So this year we will be continuing. So lets see how it goes.

This is the first half of the roof we did last year.