I've been 'building'. The interior walls are at last going up. They are constructed of hollow 20 by 40 cm bricks, glued together with plaster. The insulation is an Eco 35 layer Aluminium foil/polyethylene product, plus 10cm of Rockwool, both of which go just behind the 10 cm brick walls as I build.
I'm not a particularly adept wall builder, but with a spirit-level, and a reasonable eye, it all went well. Now I've got the rest of the walls to do; at the rate I'm going I've got at least another 3 months work (if I go at it every day). I'll probably leave the plastering till later, until Bertrand, our electrician, has made his holes everywhere.
I've also done a bit of plastering at the far end. It'll look better when it's painted white, like the half-timbered bit above.
All in all it's really beginning to take shape, and my design is coming together. It's going to make a wonderfully spacious home; we're almost wishing it was us who were going to live there.
Now I need to find a blacksmith who can make some interesting stair handrails for me. Not easy!