Monthly Archives: April 2014

Episode 64- WWWHHHYYYY MMMEEEEEE???????!!!!!!!!!!

renovation, restoration, complete bloody frustration…. My friend Pam has sent us this image, and the way things are going, we will probably be about 100 before we manage to move full time to France and toast in front of the … Continue reading

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Episode 63- An epic “to do” list….April 2014

Renovation, restoration, apprehension Energy levels permitting (Trevor is not 100%) we have started a new “to do ” list for village house during our very imminent trip to France. This includes:- 1) Make & hang the Languedocien style door for … Continue reading

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The Thursday Three- Something old, something new, something else..

Another mysteriously missing item(s) Packed somewhere for the big move to France are these Fortuny style vintage silk padded coat hangers, clearly far too cute to hide in an armoire, so will have to hang on the wall instead.   … Continue reading

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Embroidery-knotwork, silk ribbon, velvet

Yesterday was one of the best Easter Monday holidays ever, at least since my children were small and it was all about eggs and piling into whatever car we could commandeer and heading for countryside or sea. Despite showery forecast, … Continue reading

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Episode 62- A wake up call…………..

renovation, restoration, much trepidation…………….2013 The old part of the village is wired, via a set of loudspeakers, to the Mayor’s office. This is common, apparently. We hadn’t even noticed this until our second season at Maison Priest when I was … Continue reading

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An early Thursday Three- Antique & vintage embroidery

I could open a shop with my embroidery collection Left- French tea towels (torchons) Below right- English embroidery on white cotton pillowcases       If I thought it would sustain us in logs, seafood and wine in France I … Continue reading

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Episode 61(part 2) French Country Kitchens without tears….?

renovation, restoration, a bit more rumination. 2013- We now have a neat and tidy ceiling in the dining end of the kitchen at the French village house. We cannot claim credit, JM’s boys did it following construction of the terrace, … Continue reading

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