Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Thursday three- (bit of a blue theme)

I carry around the following three items in my handbag 1) A list of nearly every possible measurement to be found in the French house; including a list of window sizes, floor areas, ceiling heights and other useful dimensions that … Continue reading

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Episode 41- La cave

renovation, restoration, drastic intervention! This was the cave, or at least about a third of it, when we first bought our village house in the Languedoc Roussillon. In French, a cave may be loosely translated as a cellar (as in … Continue reading

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Episode 40- A brief recap …………from the Lang(our)doc

renovation, restoration, explanation….. A number of questions have continued to vex us since we started working on our less-than-lovely French house/hovel in the lovely Languedoc. Some have been answered,  and some remain a mystery 1) What exactly is FCVT (French … Continue reading

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Stumpwork, goldwork, woolwork-lovely!

I thought my  fellow vintage and antique embroidery fans might like to see some more of my pieces destined for the French village house.-left woolwork Jacobean style embroidery. Tough to date, but the ground fabric is old style woven linen … Continue reading

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Episode 39- Village life and soul!

renovation, restoration, location….. The Tour de France came through the village in summer 2007. Not the twiddly little medieval bit, thank goodness! ( that WOULD have been a challenge) but along the D118 route on the newer outskirts as the … Continue reading

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Episode 38, part 2- A little more about a little street in France

renovation, restoration, rumination… If you are thinking of buying a house in France  I do believe that the head has to be engaged first. A little check list…… 1) Budget – critical of course (including running costs & necessary works, … Continue reading

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Episode 38- A little street in France, part 1

renovation, restoration, revelations……………. What is it that makes you want to look beyond the obvious, embrace the unexpected, and take that leap into making something beautiful from the basest of raw materials? This is not the first time I have … Continue reading

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