Monthly Archives: October 2015

The Thursday Three- a symphony of necessary neutrals

In the great scheme of French house stuff, the guest “suite” to be created in the cave has been a bit neglected both in planning and purchases to date. So, to redress the balance may I present some bargain square … Continue reading

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Episode 126/2- In which I strip, Trevor slips and the grandson gets “hip”

This last French trip, we needed , or I needed to get to grips with some décapage ( paint stripping ) at last. I have been putting this off with various excuses, but the truth is I just hate strong … Continue reading

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The Thursday Three- more essential textiles

In deference to WBFM who thinks that my textile buying is out of control (debatable) I will now justify these three entirely necessary purchases. Right and left- My very long crochet and cutwork detailed salon second layer curtains. I will … Continue reading

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The Thursday Three- Coat hooks, plinth, coffee table;Patère crochets, socle, table basse

What attracted me to this table? the shape, the weight, the solidity, the shelf, the carving detail, the legs. Classic scallop shell motif and canné (split cane ) shelf Found in UK but feels French to me. Wait and see what … Continue reading

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Episode 126 part (1) – October progress, yes, we did a bit, quite a bit actually

Yes we did a bit in France, and here is the first instalment. I finished the painted skirtings in marmotte#3 and Liberon lime wax so if I swish a damp mop over the finished floors (not done yet) it won’t … Continue reading

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Sensitive skin- and a greater sense of loss

            I have had a weird few days. I should explain that I have spent decades developing coping strategies to deal with the hyper sensitivity/empathy I was seemingly born with which has, historically, proved to … Continue reading

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Competition time- spot the odd addition

OK, I am fresh back from France and just spoke French to the bemused woman at the petrol station- habit. But even I, mad as a box of greenish bug-eyed hopping amphibians,  cannot work this one out. What exactly is … Continue reading

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