We’re making steady progress with the lounge. Most of the cement is off apart from some under the windows and the recess. My job is to get the remainder of the paint off plus any little bits of cement. Its slow work resulting in sore hands and arms, but its nice to see how much its changed. We took the render off above the fireplace to reveal the lovely stones there, but disappointingly they are badly burnt, so will be rendered over. The potager in the corner had been covered in crepi and painted. The holes for the pots had been filled with stones and cemented over and the same was done for the bottom door where the ash goes. Why would anyone do that to a piece of history??? And on top of that the beautiful Charantaise cupboard doors were sold. Our neighbour found some photos of how it used to look, so we hope to get some made to look the same.