Monthly Archives: November 2015

In which Trevor reveals the high spot of his year so far

So Trevor has been a salaried employee for the last eighteen years. Some companies think that the best way of saving money in difficult times is to reduce the number of employees by over four-fifths, to cover the same area. … Continue reading

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How green are these valleys?

I feel like a tranquil post today. I love how the layers of the last foothills of the Pyrenees change colour as we drive away from the Pyrenees-Orientales up toward the greens and blues of the beautiful Aude valleys. The … Continue reading

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Flipping French Floors #2 – floor envy

I have had floor envy for a while now. Investigations have not turned up any charming original tiled floors in the French house which we could have lovingly restored. There is a small area of tomettes on the first floor … Continue reading

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The Thursday Three – Venetian style hand engraved mirrored sconces

I only wanted two, so the third one is a bonus. Each side of my black Venetian glass mirror Three words- Cave, candles, bathtub…..  

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Flipping French Floors #1

Builder’s debris, strong cleaners, constant sweeping and damp dusting, strong sunlight & no protection, years of benign neglect; no wonder My French Floors have had enough. Seeing the way the thirsty floor in the terrace bedroom soaked up the lime … Continue reading

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Terrible times in France

I am following this latest news from Paris. I truly feel like I have been attacked personally Words fail me, except – à tous les peuples français, soyez assurés de notre amitié et de notre soutien

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French style made simple- another humble house

Thinking about rough French country decor again; (always) Look at this for inspiration. Not grand at all, but a sweeping statement of personality and good taste. Such simplicity, such style, such authenticity, such a successful re-imagining of an old house. … Continue reading

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