Thursday, 5 January 2012

The Incredible Adventure of the Beams !

So this is the NEW YEAR and Ugly Betty is ready for this New Year - with all the 'make up' and 'hair cutting' and 'blowing', she'll be the New Beauty on the Blog!

First part of beam out

Just after Christmas (actually the French do not know such a thing as boxing day) Olivier and another Olivier and his son Christophe attacked THE BEAMS! So this was about getting the old central beams out, putting in place two new 10 meter beams and all the other little ones that will hold the first floor! Without the roof falling in ..............
Roof being held together with almost nothing

AND they did this in 2 days!

I unfortunately saw very little of all of this as I was running around the guesthouse doing cooking and cleaning and and for the lovely guests we had over Christmas and NewYear.

New Beams IN!

Ceiling beams IN!

Now all's in place, Olivier is busy filling the holes bit by bit and this weekend half of the roof will be uncovered and new beams replaced!

I am back on site as well and you'll have more regular updates from Ugly Betty!

To you all, have a groovy 2012!

Christophe and his dad Olivier

Just a little postscript :

It is rare that one meets a young guy of 21 so passionate about his profession. Young Christophe is such a young man. Since a tender age he has been tagging along with his father whenever he was doing building jobs. His passion -  Carpentry.


  1. ....things are happening! So happy it's all moving along.
    May this lady bring you loads of joy in the months to come!

  2. @Ils - she's very demanding this lady!! On our way to go and hammer away - feel rather like crawling into my bed!!

  3. I never thought she was ugly before the work. Now she is as elegant as you are dear Lynn. Joy to you and Olivier in the coming year!

  4. @ Pam if you see me now after just a few hours spent with UB you'll take back the elegant!! But you're right - with her new 'plafon à la française' that will be painted in the nicest shade of gray she is going to a heartthrob! Looking forward to showing her to you in Feb! Hugs