It appears that roofing felt isn’t a very popular covering material here in France. Leroy Merlin is the only place that’s at all local that stocks both roofing felt (in green!) and the necessary bituminous adhesive to stick it down with. On the way I tried to save some time by stopping off in Brico Depot to see if they had a similar product but the (admittedly) young people to whom I explained what I was looking for didn’t understand either the idea of roofing felt, or the French words for it, which are ‘feutre bitûmé’, and tried to sell me something quite different and unsuitable for my job.

By the time I’d got over to Leroy Merlin, picked up what I wanted and got back home again, I’d already lost four hours and this is one of the problems with doing any kind of DIY work here in France, especially in a rural area like the Dordogne. Compared to where I used to live in the South-East of England, you have to travel comparatively huge distances to pick up even the simplest of materials and you can end up wasting so much time which would be much better spent on the job itself. But unfortunately you have no choice. It also means that small jobs take twice as long as they would do back in England and larger ones, like my new wood store, seem to just go on and on.

By the time I’d arrived home, the rain had cleared and it had actually become quite warm and humid. All the better to get the biting insects out, so I took the precaution of applying some insect repellent on my exposed arms and legs, but not before I’d already started work and picked up a couple already. I didn’t have much more than two or three hours today so there was no hope that I’d actually get the roof on, but I wanted to at least get to the point where I’d be able to tomorrow. I did my jiggery-pokery over the front door to get the level for my boarding and it all worked out beautifully.

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Before I finished for the day, more or less in the dark actually, I even managed to get some boards nailed onto both sides of the store, which was nice and also showed me how quickly I’ll be able to get a weatherproof structure as soon as I have the roof on.

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It was already beginning to rain lightly so I had no choice but to place the bare roof boards back on the roof to keep as much rain out as possible. Hopefully, this will be the last time though, and I don’t think that just one more night will do them any harm.

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