Our shopping lists in France rarely have any of the usual domestic requirements such as food on them. It’s more likely to be stuff for the house .
I have no idea why I spelt “filler” with three “ls” . Maybe it’s a reflection of how much of this powdered plaster stuff I actually use? probably a ton to date!
Incidentally, the giant crack I filled in the salon eight years ago has not moved one jot; so I wish poshbird and anyone else with one (or two) of those in their maison the same outcome.
The first, second, third, fourth and seventh items on the list above are in my writing; fifth & sixth by Trevor. Any Graphologists out there are welcome to interpret.
Back to the subject in hand. I’ve been thinking what defines the terms we use to express what we are doing Chez Nous. All those below apply to varying degree.
Though I would say that we are restoring, technically you might disagree because the house was never a domestic dwelling till the 19th century; although it’s bones as junk store and animal shelters and the spine wall bit over one of the village wells are probably 14th or 15th Century. I am not about to recreate a stable or a midden or live like medieval serfs!
RENOVATION- to restore to good condition; make new or as if new again, to repair.
“ to reinvigorate, refresh, renew ”
RESTORATION- the act or process of repairing the features, and character of a property as it appeared at a particular period of time by removing features from other periods in its history and the reconstruction of missing features from the restoration period
“ to repair, revive, re-establish”
RECONSTRUCTION – the re-creation of a missing building or element in new, appropriate materials.
“ to recreate, replicate, re-instate”
As I have said many times on this blog, picking a period to restore to when the house has such a chequered history is tough. It’s been a bit organic.
Whatever label we hang our projects on, let’s do it from the heart and truly celebrate the soul of these places. We are but brief custodians. So let’s leave them better than we found them.