Ekke’s House

We survived our first night in the barn, bat free too. Mind you we are keeping up the mossie net just in case the odd bat or mouse decides to visit us!!!

After a chilly nights sleep we rearranged bedding and got the fleece blanket out. Main priority was to get the toilet all connected up before meeting Ekke to go and see his house above Rouze and have a picnic. The toilet took some fettling as France is all metric and of course Canada (where the toilet was made) is all imperial. Once sorted, the toilet was well and truly christened before heading down to collect Ekke.

Ekke spent twenty years building the house which is just off the GR10 above Couflens. A twenty minute walk up the hill from the nearest road most of the materials were carried in by donkey. Ekke described it as very different and very different it is. What a fantastic and inspirational building it is. Ekke is rightly very proud of it and we both loved it too. Make of it what you will from the photos.

   

After a guided tour we sat down to a feast of a lunch and a glass of wine.

Breezy and I have talked about the house since on many occasion; incorporating some of the ideas into our project.

On the way back we swung by the skip. Ekke spied a velux window with broken glass; so that went in the truck along with an outside light, a switch or two and a pressure hose nozzle. Just as we were about to leave Olivier (donkey man) showed up and a wood burning stove came out of the skip and into his car. This I think is destined to be installed in his Yurt.

Another evening of star gazing, this time accompanied with smoked duck and cauliflower mash. It is so nice to be up at the barn, although very primitive, it feels great to be making progress with it.

 

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