Lonlay l'Abbaye has had a wet and soggy winter. As the warmer days of spring and summer arrive, and before the rains of autumn come again, we are hoping to have the tiny house's gutters redone. They are in a weak and sorry state at present. If you look carefully at the Google Maps photos below, you can see that the drainpipes on both sides of the house appear to be disjointed, and guttering near the roof corner is rusted. Our builders advised us several months ago that the gutters were worn and probably leaking all down the building, which can result in damage to the stone and even damp transfer into the interior.
We will keep it simple to conform to Lonlay's historical period look. Good thing, or I might be tempted to ask Monsieur Degrenne to install some character drain pipes like the ones shown below. These were photographed in Vancouver, Washington, USA for the blog at http://www.slowtrav.com/blog/palma/2010/01/rain.html. Very creative!