Goodbye summer, hello autumn!

I was right in thinking that last week we enjoyed last warm summer days, after all four weather forecast websites predicted that (yes I do check Four and then make a calculated guess, as usually they all vary!). Rain came last night and will likely to last until Tuesday afternoon. Goodbye summer and hello autumn!

However, we are OK with it. I personally am glad to have some rest after the marathon to finish off the jobs involving 6-meter high scaffolding. As much as we wanted it, after two months we can’t wait to get rid of it.

The roof is completely finished, with all the time-consuming jobs like top and side tiles being cemented (Steve) and then painted (me).

Roof now completed
Roof now completed

Guttering was done by the company from Sober 10km away (no it doesn’t mean sober as in English, despite being the centre of Amandi wine growing region!). We are reasonably happy with guttering, although my husband’s trained eye still finds non-straight lines, but after we started pointing it out to the guys while they were here, more they tried to level it out the worse it got. So we decided to leave it before we and the guttering went completely bananas!

For the first time in 400 years our farmhouse has guttering!
For the first time in 400 years our farmhouse has guttering!

I must confess – I really hate it when other people come to do some work on our house. We are both perfectionists, and I just don’t see a reason why a job which we pay for shouldn’t be done properly. This is why a knowledgeable project manager is so important. If you don’t do a job yourself, have one on site at all times! We are lucky that we can do a lot ourselves, but when a specialist job coming, we are both dreading it, every time.

Anyway, I’d like to share these sunny pictures from last week.

Farmhouse view in the last summer days 2015
Farmhouse view in the last summer days 2015

Hard to believe today wind is blowing and rain didn’t stop. It can rain as much as it wants – we are safe and dry inside now. New roof at last!

New roof on the biggest wing of farmhouse
New roof on the biggest wing of farmhouse

We should be and we are proud, – this roof is done by two people! I so admire my husband for his courage and determination, and A LOT of hard work he put into. I was merely a labourer passing on tiles.

As you can see, we completed the biggest wing of over 200 square meters which took over 2000 tiles. I’d say it’s ¼ of the whole property. Three more quarters to re-roof.

This 4-angled roof had to be tackled with lead and patience!
This 4-angled roof had to be tackled with lead and patience!

And it was challenging at times, like this small bit above our current bedroom – the oldest part of our 400-year old farmhouse. There are four different angles on this roof, it drove my husband insane but he managed it well, with creativity and lead. Proper job, well done, my  darling!

Complicated angles of 400- year old roof
Complicated angles of 400-year old roof

In the last weeks we also have been rendering, cleaning and pointing upper levels of stone walls, painting chestnut beams above windows which Steve replaced earlier. This courtyard wall was always so ugly, we tried not to look at it. Now we don’t mind so much.

Old courtyard wall as it was before
Courtyard before
Courtyard as it looked after purchase
Courtyard as it was before
Courtyard wall is almost pretty now!
Courtyard wall is almost pretty now!

Steve blocked three windows in the corner room, seems a lot, but this bedroom will still have two windows, with a windows in en-suite bathroom as well. It does look more symmetrical now from outside. Just have to wait for new windows to come in, our carpenter is very good but also rather relaxed (Spanish!), we might pay him a visit Monday I think. New windows will match already fitted downstairs doors.

Dreary courtyard before
Dreary courtyard before
Work on courtyard wall almost completed
Work on courtyard wall almost completed

We aim to finish pointing of the south-facing, the longest wall, again upper level only, next week. Then we say goodbye to scaffolding and point the remaining lower levels without it being on the way. Can’t wait to see final results!

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