Monthly Archives: February 2015

More on the contentious curtains conversation

I am having my usual ongoing debate with myself re curtains, even though I would be better employed… 1) Earning enough money to pay for the final work at French village house 2) Thinking about filling, plastering and painting (ditto) … Continue reading

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Happy birthday to me

Yes, it is my birthday today, and a chronologically significant one at that, the big 60! I have a had a number of pleasant suprises today; top of the list at the moment is this huge slab of tiramisu flavoured … Continue reading

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A little note on ninety nine

POST SCRIPT- For those of you out there who haven’t followed us for a while (and think I do nothing but moan!) The fact is that we have only been able to spend 6 weeks a year in France until … Continue reading

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Episode 99 – Project mis-management

Renovation, restoration, prevarication If you are thinking of trying to mastermind a property project from another country, which you can only visit to oversee about six times a year (for a few days) using guys who don’t speak your native … Continue reading

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Episode 98: renovation, restoration, insulation

Well, there’s a striking ceiling treatment Thank you… http://parvum-opus.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/michelde-montaigne.html What do they do in the winter?  where is the insulation? Combining the original,  the beautiful, and the practical is a whole art form in itself. Whilst I would love to … Continue reading

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Pass the passementerie, I think I am addicted

Well here we are again “Doctor, doctor, my mind flips to trimmings at the most inappropriate times” I keep picking up “the odd pair” Left, modern cotton with black metal bases Right-vintage faded silk with beads Below- Big raw flax … Continue reading

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Painting furniture, paint recipes?

So what paint is best? well it depends of course on the purpose and position wood,metal, inside, outside, used daily etc etc These get left outside on the terrace for most of the summer and are going to need a … Continue reading

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