Monthly Archives: April 2016

FPPF – French Property Porn Fix of the day

For absolutely no other reason, apart from the fact that it’s Friday and I am losing the will to live, I present for your delectation some beautiful French or French flavoured interiors.           What have these … Continue reading

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Use it or lose it – Best restaurant between Perpignan and Lapradelle-Puilarens

You may recall that we visited Restaurant l’Egrappoir last year on our run down from the Aude valleys to the Mediterranean coast where the apartment is located . We met the new owner, Muriel, who hails from the Alsace, and … Continue reading

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The Thursday Three – hand knitted throw, Edwardian picture, vintage fabric

I know, I know, my Thursday Three posts have taken a serious back seat recently. Too many things going on, only one me. This picture came to me free. I was looking at a couple of pieces of furniture in … Continue reading

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Ideas- range cookers, ironware, copper pendants- and the big kitchen dilemna

So, we went to the Homebuilding & Renovation show at NEC Birmingham last weekend. I had to be dragged along, as last year’s event had been a big disappointment to us, with few of the small, artisan  exhibitors whose unique … Continue reading

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Episode 139- The perfect off-white, and it only took eight years to find it

It took  a long time. OK, I was distracted by other renovation and restoration debates, decisions and doubts, but I ran out of prevarication time and when we marched down to the shops, this new option was on offer, details … Continue reading

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Episode 138- I like whitewashed floors but they have to WORK- so- a practical and tough floor finish for you

We started with this Gascony Pin-maritime from France’s oldest managed forest. This is a clean, hard pine, with less knots than many, and those knots found have a low resin content, so bleed is less of an issue. Trev says … Continue reading

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Episode 137 – Moody hues

So, Trev’s light finished floor , off white ceiling, and pale putty panelling have changed the way the light moves around this long room dramatically. The kitchen cabinetry , corner cupboard, chairs and bench will all be enrobed in off … Continue reading

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