Andelys is particularly interested in the floor plan of "her" house. She has a slew of ideas for decorating, but we must see to the major renovations first. Unfortunately, all the floors are compromised and need to be replaced, and the wall boards and ceiling must come down on the ground floor as well. I'm hoping we can salvage the items made of hardwood: the staircase, windows, and the old built-in wardrobe upstairs.
Our friendly English builders, Jim and Nicola, have kindly promised not to have their team begin demolition or insecticide treatments until after we leave. Jim and Nicola are the folks you see in the "Before" slide show. We hope to meet with them again this trip to discuss all that needs to be done, and in which order. A bit daunting to start from scratch, even with a small place. I'm bringing them some See's candies that they like from Southern California, but don't tell them. :-)
Joseph, Andelys and I will be staying in Katie T's adorable village house. http://www.tripadvisor.com/VacationRentalReview-g651736-d3251331-Lonlay_L_Abbaye_Village_House-Domfront_Orne_Basse_Normandie_Normandy.html
The house is quite spacious and quirky, with four bedrooms, a wonderful kitchen with exposed stone, and the world's best stove and bathtub! Katie's house sits diagonally across the square from our place, so it is the perfect place for us to get a feel for the village. I stayed here in September, and did not want to leave. The view of the Abbey and the village from the top floor bedroom is timeless. Joseph and I will let Andelys have that room this trip.
Here are some pictures I took of Katie's house. I can only hope that our place will one day approximate some of the cozy feeling and tasteful touches that make her place so pleasant to live in.