I've been high up on ladders for the last few mornings (it's been too bloody hot in the afternoons). The window openings are now all in, and all the surrounding boards replaced and given a coat of special paint.
Monsieur G, our window man, has been to measure-up, and has given us a date for the fittings (mid-October).
I am now a bit stuck for something to do. I'm waiting for delivery of the new transverse beams, waiting for the plumber, and waiting for the electrician.
The only person who is consistently prompt is the building inspector who made a surprise visit yesterday morning. He was very happy with everything. Even the slight alterations I've made to the original planning application design, plus the new roof which I hadn't mentioned at all, were given a hearty 'thumbs up'. I gave him a new expected finish date of 2016.
I'm pleased to add that he was very impressed by my insistence on keeping the old tobacco barn looking like an old tobacco barn, so many people would take an old barn and try to convert it into a modern bungalow. We are trying to keep the exterior looking much as it was.
Generally, it's only the English and the Dutch who really care about preserving France's domestic architectural heritage. Some of the 'local' restoration jobs around here make me cringe.It's heartening to know that there is at least one inspector who realises the extent to which some of us will go to preserve THEIR heritage.