Episode 129- “Les murs” to be sung to the same tune as “La mer”

stone walls FranceThis is what medieval stone walls look like.

Before the restoration purists start screaming at me they should note that we had no option but to widen the doorway  from the cave to the courtyard as the existing one was eighteen inches wide..

It was reassuring, however, to know that the bones of our house, at least the oldest bit,  were constructed from solid random stone and giant river pebbles.The rough but beautiful internal stone walls will be left apparent here

We are fortunate-many apparently solid stone walls we have seen are basically two stone skins with a rubble core. Not good, not solid  and difficult to modify  or rectify.

In other similar houses, outer walls that look like original stone have in fact been wrapped in reconstituted stone “tiles”.

No. I am not tempted to replicate this on our facade.lime plaster

Internally we have a right mix, including some moderately bumpy old lime plaster-Right.

In the salon alone we have three finishes-  smooth but patinated/unpainted, smooth and washed with colour, rough and cracked and layered over the stone work-Belowtinted lime plaster

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Which one do we go with? do we choose one old finish and copy it around the room like normal folk who like uniformity would?

Now what do you think?

Oh, by the way, the ONLY room in the whole of the French house with all walls finished the same way, relatively smooth and “stable”? the bloody workshop of course…….

Ah, “Les Murs” if only they could speak… maybe they would sing the last line of the third verse of Charles Trenet’s wonderful song, http://lyricstranslate.com/en/la-mer-sea.html



About coteetcampagne

Artist, period home maker, renovator, restorer, Francophile. My mission is to save the old stuff, one beautiful piece at a time
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7 Responses to Episode 129- “Les murs” to be sung to the same tune as “La mer”

  1. Gabriele says:

    But how did they get ‘Ses blancs moutons’ to turn into white horses?
    The rubble filled walls make sense…a good stone mason and good stone costs, while rubble takes only someone to shovel it in place…
    and how many people, when your town was being built, thought a century ahead? I marvel that so many have survived having seen areas where only the outlines of where houses had stood.
    Another ten or twenty years, you can change the walls then if you decide you want to. Why rush into anything?
    And I’ve got the Bobby Darrin version stuck in my head…very good company!

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  2. Osyth says:

    What Poshbirdy said! But you did make me laugh with the comment about the workshop!! 😀 Now humming la Mer happily to self 😉

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  3. poshbirdy says:

    Uniformity? Melange all the way!!

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