My delight at seeing workmen removing the old handmade tiles from the witchy little barn next the stream was short lived as I realised that they were not preparing to repair the roof, but to demolish the barn itself.
For years, my students and I have been painting this centuries old Quercy barn, a hundred meters or so from my studio. The owners, who live in Paris, claim not to have the money to repair the barn and have been badgering our mayor for permission to pull it down. He resisted for years, until the roof became in danger of collapsing.
My friend Petra Röhr-Roendahl painted the sketch, below.
RIP little barn. At least you will remain in our drawings and thoughts.