Bon weekend from a rooftop in France!

Written by on August 11, 2018 in Newsletter from France

Bonjour

Hope you had a good week! I have spent most of it up in the air – on the roof! I’m not good at heights but there are times when I have to just suck it up buttercup. This week has been one of them. Mark, my other half does the really high bits, scampering about, my neighbours call him “singe” (the monkey), putting new wooden batons up and fitting the tiles. I have to fetch the tiles and take them up the ladder to him.

We were replacing the roof of what was a sheep barn and is now what we laughingly call “the wine cellar” as we once stored a crate of wine in there. We don’t any more on account of the fact that in summer it gets very hot and winter very cold, which makes the bottles undrinkable.

Anyway back to the roof which got destroyed by giant hailstones last year. While we were up there, our Belgian neighbour came by to warn us that the farmer up the road had mentioned that the forecast was for more hailstones. Eek. “We’ve put our car in Jean-Claude’s long barn” he said “You should too”. Everyone knows that we have a new (not brand new but new to us) car this year after our other car was hit by those giant hailstones – it looked like someone smashed it with a Neanderthal style club all over.

“Hmm” said Mark or words to that effect. And then dashed off to ask Jean-Claude if he could stick the car under cover.

“Bien sur” (of course) said Jean-Claude who is a lovely man with a very big barn.

Mark drove to the barn only to discover that it had in fact become the community car park and several other villagers without car cover had already parked their vehicles there, and were chatting away, experienced weather forecasters every one of them! Luckily there was room to squeeze one more in.

We returned to the roof and carried on until we heard ominous rumbles approaching and a massive storm passed over, the gargantuan thunder claps shaking the house. Luckily though, no hailstones – phew.

Whatever you have planned, wherever you are, I wish you a bon weekend,
Bisous from France,
Janine
Editor

ps Photo is from the most delicious little cake shop in Azay-le-Rideau, Loire Valley – I wish I could share a nibble with you!

pps I posted a pic of my dog Ella Fitzgerald posing on the doorstep next to my newly painted blue shutters on Instagram yesterday – do you like the colour?!

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