Now that I’m desperate to get the roof fitted on my new wood store, we seem to have entered the monsoon season here in the Dordogne. Luckily I live on the top of a hill so I’m unlikely to get swept out to sea, but after weeks of dry weather, we’ve had enough rain in the last few days to float the Ark. And it isn’t stopping yet.

After doing some essential shopping this morning (I do have to eat and keep the house in some sort of shape as well while doing all this other stuff) I seized a break in the rain to do a bit more on the wood store roof. I still had to do some more ‘adjustments’ to the small section under the ‘grenier’ stairs landing as it was important for this to not only be a good fit but to also sit squarely on the roof for the adjacent sheet (when it goes on) to butt up against. This required me to go to the top of the stairs so I could look under them and see exactly what needed to be done.

The stairs are old and getting a bit rotten, which was fine all the while they were dry. However, the relentless rain has now soaked through and softened them and while I was up at the top, the inevitable happened.

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Luckily, I’d done what I had to and could do the rest from below and not long afterwards, the small section in question was at last nailed in place.

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Before starting work, I’d yet again had to remove the OSB3 sheets that I’d placed on the roof of the store frame to keep things as dry as possible and I’d also wiped them dry in the hope that I’d later be cutting and fitting them too. But it was not to be. As I was finishing the small section under the stairs off, the rain began to start once again, slowly to start off with but getting harder by the minute. So all I could do was put the sheets back up on top again and move my tools to dry areas beneath them where I left them until the rain eventually stopped, as they’d have got wetter if I’d carried them indoors in the rain that was by then pretty hard.

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So that was another day gone and with very little to show for it. I am now extremely worried about the OSB3 sheets that I have to keep placing on the store roof as they are now seriously wet and will need several dry days to dry out before I can apply roofing felt to them. They’re also cutting very messily due to the damp even though I’m using a fast, sharp saw blade but this is not so important as the cut edges will not be visible when the job’s completed. The question is though, when the heck will I be able to complete it 😐