Category Archives: Renovation and restoration diary- France

Diary of the renovation and restoration work on our village house and seaside apartment in the Languedoc Roussillon, France

In which Trev loses the will to live again-

You may recall me buying these hand made coppery lights in M. Bricolage a couple of years ago. They had vile plastic hanging flexes. Not a problem, I made ruched linen sleeves for them (sew a tube up with a … Continue reading

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Argeles- and the sun set slowly over the shreds of my sanity…

Well it felt like that anyway. With a significant increase in guests at the seaside apartment this season, we have also experienced a few “less kind” reviews. I won’t go into detail but it’s not been very nice. Fortunately, the … Continue reading

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Village houses in the Pyrénées-Orientales

More French village houses for your delectation in this lovely department bordering the Aude; we drive through these villages when we go down to the apartment at Argeles. We have found a new route down over the mountains and will … Continue reading

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Episode 161- the kitchen ceiling, inspiration from 13th century Domaine at Luc-sur-Aude

You remember the horrible kitchen ceiling?  The one I demolished and then started wondering about half way through if the insulation tile was asbestos? horrible kitchen ceiling post In common with most old and some new French houses, the ceilings … Continue reading

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Knock Knock- Qui est là?

After 11 years of not having a clue who is outside the front door; unless we are hanging out of a front window; we have finally mounted the door knocker. In deference mainly to friends who stand outside shouting up … Continue reading

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Blog Moot

This is how we water the floral displays down here in Quillan. Whilst balancing on the back of a pick up truck. Anyway, blog- buddies, I was going to suggest a meet up soon. We could do this Ent style … Continue reading

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Episode 160- the penultimate bit of plasterboarding

This was the entrance to the kitchen when we bought the French house. You may struggle to see all the improvements but we can! Above and to the left of the doorway (in which there will be no door) there … Continue reading

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