Monthly Archives: February 2016

Save Our Souls – A Restorer’s Plea

Renovation, Restoration, Restraint. I have just seen another 100 year old tiled floor and a panel of beautiful wall tiles (reminiscent of those in Monet’s kitchen at Giverny) hacked out and thrown in a skip. I understand all too well … Continue reading

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Episode 131- In which technological breakdown leads to everything becoming clear(er)

Now, I don’t intend to go all philosophical and profound on you; though having said that, you have all been subject to my frustration rants, my angst at unforseeable events I can’t control, and shared a taste of my despair … Continue reading

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Taking care of business

Sooooo… it seems topical,and is something  I have been mulling over for a few years. Business In France Yes, it’s complicated,  but people do it. Yes, it’s possible, but in common with any other step into self-employment or company set … Continue reading

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Treasure hint

My name is Gill. I like to knock things down. Not gratuitously, you understand, but for sound aesthetic reasons. Having read Osyth’s latest post in which she reveals, literally, the underpinnings of her particular French village house, I am nostalgic for … Continue reading

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Wood I?

Yesterday I spent a considerable amount of time closely studying some beautiful knots and blemishes on a rustic wood dining table in Homesense and talking to myself about it. In my defence, I thought I was talking to Trevor, but … Continue reading

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The Quote Challenge- and how do I, the quote-queen, pick three?

Thank you for this challenge P, https://poshbirdyblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/12/wit-wisdom-and-winnie-the-pooh/ What theme shall I take up? Well, I will choose quotes from three who painted, with words, their own unique times; whilst subtly reminding us that we can all get a little carried … Continue reading

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The Thursday Three- Hand carved wood panels

So, I went to collect these two square panels yesterday. I have bought them to put the right proportions back onto the lower part of the main door into the salon. They are perfect, the motifs echoing those of the … Continue reading

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