January 2016. A new year, a new attempt to finish the Spanish renovation! This photo, taken in 2012, shows the state of the building we know as ‘the Spanish house’ before we started to renovate it. It was falling down and the roof sagged. It was becoming dangerous. But, as one of the oldest buildings in the village and one we have become fond of, we thought it was worth saving and upgrading. Not so much a Grand Design but at least we would be rescuing a bit of the old farming hamlet. In coming weeks we’ll post some photos showing how the process worked out. We decided to start with the roof so the structure could be stopped from deteriorating further, allowing us time to work out what to do with this charming building, part of the heritage of the commune of Masclat.