The builders have finished. The electricians gone. The mad French curtain woman back in her atelier turning old Scots flags into seat cushions . We 're now waiting for Aude and her boiler suited friends from the womens cooperative to come and paint the fresh plaster in the ' snug '. That done we can then watch the evening news on television again . To mark our return to near normality Madame Bay is set to arrive at any minute to start the herculean task of dust removal , or at least dust redistribution . Wilf is once again the very happy master of his domain . Seeing him settle down in the long grass by the well you know he has the right answer to the question " Is the life I'm living the life that wants to live in me ? "