Work started yesterday on the other side of the roof. Our roofers arrive early, at dawn, and work all through the day - by the time I left for work, most of the old tiles were off (including the nice old round ones). I did manage to completely forget about all the rubbish we store under the eaves, so had to spend half an hour moving it all so the men could work there.
The view from this side is quite nice too when the roof's not there (Mont Blanc) - maybe we should put in a window. I'm posting this a little late - the boarding on the roof is now all done, so the house now has a completely watertight and insulated roof (although minus the tiles)!