Over the past few months there have been a number of alterations to La Pagerie which we hope will improve the house for the guests arriving in 2011.
The first of these was a new roof for the bread oven and new court yard gravel. This has really brightened up the court yard and made it a relaxing place to sit and enjoy a glass of wine (or two).
The bread oven roof and gravel work was done by Chris and Willy during and after our visit in April 2010.
The first image shows how the court yard looked in 2003 when we were house hunting.
The gravel was was a strange dark brown colour which never really looked appealing and now it's a nice clean white colour which really helps the look of the house from the front.
The bread oven roof was required as we were starting to develop a number of small leaks - which is never good!
The usual adding a layer of varnish to the gates was also completed - the gates get the sun all the day and in the long hot summers this can really take it's toll.
All in all we are very pleased with the results - just need to find a way to keep the gravel looking nice and white which after some looking on the internet yesterday appears to be done using diluted or thin bleach. A job for next April then!