Snow down to about 1200m overnight gave the morning a very different feel to it.
The day started with us returning Annie and Murray’s cement mixer. It had rained over night and was still drizzling. The footbridge over the river was slippery and the thought of one or both of us ending up in the torrent did cross my mind. Then down to Seix to rendezvous with Bernard, the sawmill owner and digger driver. We now have him booked for half a day to create a turning area for delivery lorries and parking area for a couple of vehicles. A quick dash to get me some tobacco and then into a café to meet Hans, a Dutch builder. He has been in the area for 15 years; started as an artist and then got into building work; more importantly he is free in Sept & Oct and he has experience of using old slate. Another fine contact and recruit. Back to the apartment for lunch and to make contact with another builder, Matt, made an appointment to meet him on Friday. Then back up the hill to sort out the remainder of the slate at the other Grange before Pierre turned up with his 4×4 to shift them. Pierre had fantastic news as he has tracked down the owner of another Grange over the river who has given us permission to take her slates as well. So we now have access to enough to do the front for sure.