Great wall of the Ardeche

It has taken months. Months longer than we expected. But having served some time on the wall gang I can tell you that it really is back-breaking work. Mind you, my skills meant that I was firmly relegated to the cement mixer work, plus collecting the right sized stones and placing them in easy reach of Nicolas – the wall master. It really is an art of the jigsaw fanatic. Plus hard graft. His father even came over on two mornings to help out. Two generations of wall workers.

The results are just wonderful. And we can only hope that the previous wall builders over the past few hundred years would feel proud that we have added our bit.

And there is hope that the lower terrace wall will be coming into its last stage soon.