Week 75 - 80 : tiling, floor joists, heating

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Mid November and the weather is still very mild and pleasant. The leaves have fallen but the sun is still strong enough to make it unneccessary to light the boiler.

Mid November and the weather is still very mild and pleasant. The leaves have fallen but the sun is still strong enough to make it unneccessary to light the boiler.
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The woodland below the house.

The woodland below the house.
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Doors to the studio

Doors to the studio
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Stone facing on the north (insulation behind) after cleaning.

Stone facing on the north (insulation behind) after cleaning.
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We had help from Mme Josiane Ballan, painter and tiler, with the kitchen, shower and bathroom.

We had help from Mme Josiane Ballan, painter and tiler, with the kitchen, shower and bathroom.
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Margaret putting the first coat of dark stain finsh on the structural oak beams.

Margaret putting the first coat of dark stain finsh on the structural oak beams.
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We screeded and waterproofed the shower base for a mosaic floor, ' la Italienne', that is, level with the floor tiles with no door.

We screeded and waterproofed the shower base for a mosaic floor, ' la Italienne', that is, level with the floor tiles with no door.
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The next task is the preparation for the insulated floor of the guest bedroom in the 'sous sol'.

The next task is the preparation for the insulated floor of the guest bedroom in the 'sous sol'.
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Joists suspended over the concrete slab with space for 14 cm of 'chenevotte' (hemp stalk) insulation.

Joists suspended over the concrete slab with space for 14 cm of 'chenevotte' (hemp stalk) insulation.
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We had our first load of chestnut firewood delivered and before we could stack it in the 'auvent' the first snows of the winter arrived early in December.

We had our first load of chestnut firewood delivered and before we could stack it in the 'auvent' the first snows of the winter arrived early in December.
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The snow on the roof is a good indicator of the points where the greatest heat loss occurs.

The snow on the roof is a good indicator of the points where the greatest heat loss occurs.
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We were plunged into the coldest weather that we have had for many years - temperatures in the region down to minus 12 !

We were plunged into the coldest weather that we have had for many years - temperatures in the region down to minus 12 !
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And the sun is lower as we approach the winter solstice and has less effect.

And the sun is lower as we approach the winter solstice and has less effect.
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The frozen chain from the gutter.

The frozen chain from the gutter.