The reason for the book; A renovation story; A word about language; 1. Preparations; 2. House hunting; 3. The builder; 4. Formalities; 5. Moving in; 6. Beginning the restoration; 7. A history lesson; 8. Plaster and politics; 9. Etiquette and the septic tank; 10. Gardens and shutters; 11. A load of old codgers; 12. The log burner; 13. Pumpkins and prices; 14. Hardcore and the five feeds; 15. The case of the missing tiles; 16. A mouse trap; 17. A Harley at the party; 18. The Auf Wiedersehen builders; 19. French kissing; 20. One wedding and a bedroom; 21. Remembrance day; 22. Big strong boys; 23. The peasant economy; 24. Charente Christmas; 25. The wheelbarrow trick; 26. the 70th celebration; 27. Fireworks and snails; 28. A most secret history; 29. Old friends and new; 30. Future plans; 31. Make a wish; 32. Appendices; How much does it cost?; Utilities; Settling in France; Managing the removal; Health care; Motoring; Banking in France; Taxation; Sample projects.
'A cautionary tale of a French renovation project with anecdotes and handy hints aplenty.' French Magazine, 1 January 2007