- La Mansión del Inglès is in France today, and here with John in his
wonderful country house. John, how long have you and Val had this house?
- We’ve had it about erm…a year and three months now, since we
first saw it.
- And what have you done to it structurally..er.. inside the
- Structurally inside the house basically we’re trying to take
most of the house apart, and put it back to its original state.
- I see. Have you done all the work yourself?
- No, unfortunately we had a builder come in for nine days, after
that fact we decided we would do all of the work ourselves.
- And what is there still left to do on the house?
- Well, it depends on what your imagination really runs to.
- Uh huh. Have you got any plans for next month for example?
- For next month no we don’t have any plans, we’re taking a bit
of a vacation for the next month as we’ve been working very hard for the
- John, this sounds like an incredibly big project that you’re
doing at the moment, what would you say to people considering doing
something like this, restoring an old property?
- Well, I wouldn’t take on anything on that was too big, too much
of a concept, unless you really have a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of
energy to do it. There are many things that you’re gonna come across,
obviously it also runs into a lot of expense when you take on a huge
project like this.
- Are you afraid of making mistakes?
- No I’m not afraid of making mistakes, I can always take the
mistakes apart and re-do them again.
- Well that’s very sound advice. Thank you very much John.
to take (s.t.) apart = desmontar
to put (s.t.) back = devolver a su lugar
state = estado
come across = encontrar
to restore = restaurar
to take (s.t.) on = cargar, aceptar
re-do = do again
sound advice = good advice
to run to = extenderse a, subir a, ascender a (…it depends what your
imagination runs to – depende a donde te lleva tu imagiación)