Our French Country Home

Monday, May 22, 2006

A start on the barn .....

Barry took down the remaining barn ceiling today, the first step en route to creating a beautiful house. The ceiling has been supported for the past two hundred years or so by four huge oak beams, hopefully we can keep them in situ for what will be the new kitchen ceiling. The ma├žon is keen to replace the old beams with new, understanable where the rain has done some damage but these beams look as good as new and we are keen to retain them.

At the end of the day when all the dirt and debris was removed and just the dust left to settle, we could get a good look at the internal stone walls. They are absolutely beautiful, a pale golden limestone, built to perfection by a long-gone craftsman with expertise and loving care. We are really encouraged now to get on with the job and do justice to this beautiful building. It would be a crime to let it disintegrate and end up a ruin waiting to be pulled down and replaced by a house built with blocks and concrete.

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