Keys in hand

(Bill Morgan) #10

Good Luck Both, hope it works out as well as it has for me
Btw, this was worse than yours, roll the sleeves up, All the Best :+1:

(Véronique Langlands) #11

Have fun!

(Ann Coe) #12

Congratulations, the start of a great adventure. At least you have working electricity and a ‘dry roof’ :wink:
The first house we bought in France had been empty for 50 years and used by the ‘family’ as a dump for all their unwanted items. Old clothes, matresses, oil drums, barbed wire etc; we knew ( a little) what would be facing us and had a lot of hard work just clearing out and cleaning a space to put down a blow up matress. Lived with candles and camping gas (and no furniture) for a while, no washing machine for a year, no bathroom for almost the same time. What an exciting time though, and what a sense of acheivement too when we had made ‘our space’.
Live your dream, enjoy life but above all make some you time too :slight_smile:

(anon64436995) #13

Truly inspirational stuff, @AnnCoe, and from other contributors too. Makes me wish we could start all over again, or perhaps not… :scream::grin:

Good luck and good health to the doughty newcomers, soyez les bienvenues !

(Helen Wright) #14

Two years later I’ve still got the blow up bed…love it…really comfy…x :slight_smile:

(David Martin) #15

The good old days.

They still come to visit whenever possible 22 years on. Two out of the three are coming before the end of the month, the third after he returns from Australia in August.

PS The same ladder, wheelbarrow and toilet were used today.

(Bill Morgan) #16

Looks very like ours Dave, it was a cowshed, your ladder’s a bit posh, ours was knocked together with bits of ancient, wormy wood, hard to imagine those kids now, late twenties, where does the time go :slightly_smiling_face:

(John Withall) #17

Bloody Luxury! Our shoe box int middle of road, was we poor, but we was happy

(David Martin) #18

I’d love to see the photos.

(Ann Coe) #19

Wow, must have been hard with 3 young children to think of as well !
Hope that the toilet isn’t still behind your ladder though David ! :grin:
Enjoy your time with the family when they arrive, hope the sun shines for you all :slight_smile:

(Ann Coe) #20

Ours gave up the ghost, too many nights on chipped clay tiles didn’t help. We bought an old second hand sofa bed, it was bliss to be off the floor and away from the rats and spiders …:rat::rat::spider::spider::spider::spider_web::spider_web:

(stella wood) #21

During our time on the blow-up mattress… I heard death watch beetle in the timbers of the cellar beneath us… drove me mad until I identified it and “dealt” with it…:wink:

(Bill Morgan) #22

Amazing what a racket they can make, only had one once, good ole’ Super U Cobra convinced it, it wern’t welcome 'ere :grin:

(David Martin) #23

The toilet isn’t even against the same wall. The children were never a problem and we made sure that we did plenty for them as well. The youngest once arrived while we were tiling the kitchen and said, I know that you don’t want to be disturbed but, you know the thing we sit under, it’s moved. The gazebo in the garden had blown away.

(Andy Boyd) #24

Welcome to the club

(Bill Morgan) #25


(David Horsfall) #26

So we have just completed a month at our house -:slight_smile: and a great time we had too. Lots more work done with a visit to the Mairie Office, Architect and the SPANC Office. So the fear started with knowing we had to go to see all of them with very very little French in our vocabulary and of course hearing the odd horror story.
WOW:- The Mairie secretary could not have been more helpful, she helped fill out some documents and explained what we needed to do next and if we had an issue to come and see her or call her. A lovely lady and put us ease with all the bureaucracy that is to be expected.
Then a trip tp the SPANC Office -:frowning: NOOOOOOOO we thought , but, she was a great help, explained all that needed doing and again helped us with the forms and told us not to hesitate to contact the office at anytime.
The architect, a superb French gentleman who could not speak English, but we arranged a site visit and he understood what we wanted. Two days later the drawings were done and with a couple of changes he produced a file for us to give to the Mairie Office.

All in all a satisfying trip and thankful for all the help from the above mentioned.
Yes it’s scary and lots of paperwork but we know have a file in with the Mairie for our renovation, a plumber / builder arranged to come and fit the Fosse Septic .

(Bill Morgan) #27

Great start D’, bravo :+1: :slightly_smiling_face:

(Ann Coe) #28

First step is always the hardest.
Enjoy yourselves and don’t get too overloaded with work. Cheers :clinking_glasses:

(anon53589976) #29

Brilliant, well done and enjoy.