With a couple of grandsons in the house, they were amusing themselves by looking over some old photos. They particularly liked the one above.
Unfortunately it's the only photo I have of the tiny ruin that I bought back in about 1978. We were living just a couple of hundred metres away in our first farmhouse here, and every time I passed by this tumble-down cottage, I wanted it more and more. My original aim was to make it into a garconniere for my oldest.
In time I made a proposition to the owner, and he accepted.
I think you can just about tell which bit I originally bought from the position of the chimney. Everything else I've either had built, or built myself.
I suppose, to an extent, we're still working on it today. No more major building projects; other than maybe a dedicated BBQ area, although we could easily use a couple more bedrooms and a second sitting room.
If I hadn't bought it, it would have fallen down by now.
Changed a bit; ain't it.