Onward and upward

After a summer of stasis when nothing got done around the French house, we have finally started to address the final work.

Everything stopped for a number of reasons: Trev’s new French doctor put him back on a drug cocktail that renders him exhausted and grumpy and my new creative project became all consuming over the last few weeks.

I have always been happy to talk about most things house related on this blog, and that will continue, but I have been forced, by circumstances, to rein in some of my other subject matter, sadly.

Anyway, back to the hovel for a long overdue update.

A couple of weeks ago, chance and fate and serendipity sent us the help we need to get back on track on the village house project

After over twelve months of trying to pin down our French builder and plumber and getting precisely nowhere I have drawn the line and moved on. Procrastination is so easy to perpetuate, but enough is enough.

Our new guy has a broad skill set, is sympathetic to quirky old houses, isn’t trying to talk us into uneccessary extra work and keeps a straight face when I ask for something outside the box.

The very first thing he did was take off most of the grotty external pipework we have put up with for 12 years. Back tomorrow with longer ladders to finish, fill the holes and install my woodburner.


When he makes the inevitable mess the work entails, he not only covers up before and sweeps up after, but he vacuums too.


Cross those fingers and toes

brown frontage (1)


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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9 Responses to Onward and upward

  1. francetaste says:

    Bravo on the pipes. Were they for interior plumbing or for the gutters? So often, around here, interior plumbing pipes get put on the outside because…two-foot-thick stone walls and all. Then every six or 10 years we get a really hard freeze and they all burst. You have to admit that it must have been a pain back when they retrofitted several-hundred-year-old houses with mod cons like running water.

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  2. Bev says:

    Hurrah the pipes are gone 🙂
    When he’s finished at yours he can come to ours 🙂


  3. Ellen A. says:

    Progress is a wonderful thing. Looks so much better without that piping. Hope Trev will feel better soon.


  4. Nadia says:

    Sometimes it is best for all concerned to keep some things private. Social media is not always good.


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