Made the use of the hot shower before heading off in overcast weather but dry. We made a couple of stops on the way through to the barn to say hello to a few people. We popped in to see Scottish Annie and all her dogs, then on to Salau and caught up with Freddy and Daniella at the Auberge.
We had a little bit of a shock driving up to the barn as the commune seems to be on massive deforestation up the piste and so the area infront of the barn looks a bit different now, a bit too much felling for our liking but I am sure things will grow back very quickly.
A part from that the barn looked pretty good, the outbuilding roof was still on and dry inside after a harsh winter, the chimney slates had disappeared probably with the weight of the snow and the violent winds they had had and the vent pipe for the toilet had gone 90 degrees as one of the brackets had broken.
We spent the day getting organised firstly with the bedroom getting it clean lilo blown up bedding out etc
We then sorted a kitchen area with our bargain 50 euro gas oven which has been invaluable and a work surface area for prepping fodder.
Al got the generator out of the box and sorted out all the ins and outs and how it works etc. Thanks a million Dad for that it will get plenty of use and make life a great deal easier especially for using power tools etc.
We had a look at the inside of the out building as we wish to point the walls in there before we move in as such, so it will be bug free.
Since it is now dry inside all the ferns that were in the walls were mainly dead but we need to get all of the ferns out and joints cleaned ready to start the prep work on pointing. So we spent a good few hours attacking that.
We had our first evening at the barn enjoying roast chicken, roast potatoes and veggies, upmarket camping as such!!! It was drizzling so we sat inside.