We found the brick paviours. They will work in kitchen and the cave.

We are NOT going to conveniently drop on the 34 square metres of reclaimed floor tiles or brick that we need, within our budget, the minute we are back in France. Trust me I’ve been looking for eons & I also need something that is not porous

Aside from that, it’s all still up in the air here in UK.


Hopefully big news sooner rather than later. Cross all your fingers and toes for me and whilst you are at it, pray to any friendly deities you may have a hot line to.

I really need some good news.

Thanks for sticking with me blog-buddies, let us hope that the end justifies the means.

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I have been awarded – Blog sur Aude in top 100 renovation blog list

Gosh. Blog-sur-Aude has been included in a list of the top 100 renovation blogs. Number 91, but hey…..

I have no idea how we managed this, but thanks anyway! Click on medal link right for the others.

Thank you Dan (my lovely son) who encouraged me to start this blog.

Thank you all, you blog-buddies, for keeping me supported and sane on this rocky road to renovation and restoration. I appreciate you all more than you could possibly know

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Economication. That’s the name of the game.

So, ply is hard to find in France and relatively expensive. Chip board also. So in the first floor kitchen we put down a sub tile floor using our leftover stash of tongue and groove remnants; to be covered by waterproofing, grout and the brick paviour tiles.


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In which I find that I cannot prove that I exist

So, those bags under my eyes and the staring, slightly manic and demented look in those eyes might give some hint of my Current Mental State. OK, I’ve cranked the contrast up a little bit, which gives me chipmunk cheeks!

We knew our passports expired in September. One cannot renew until six months before said expiry date.  So we renewed this week as we have a four week slot here in the UK.

I am channelling Restoration Stress Witch, lightly sprinkled with “why are things so complicated?” angst and trying to work, pack, plan and progress this move.

I work from home. Every time I walk past Trevor and see that he is NOT doing something constructive re the move, I demand to know why-

Why are you looking at boats on Youtube when you could be bringing your accounts up to date/ reserarching van hire/emailing the  French Accountant/sorting out the internet/grilling Banque P*******e?? Well??”

I feel like a helicopter parent monitoring a child’s leisure computer time and checking he’s done his homework first.

Some days I achieve progress; some days we seem to go backward. So, back to passports; We sent off our old ones with new photos as above and application earlier this week. Today I try to hire a van so I can take the last of my vintage/ antique pieces that aren’t coming with us, plus Trev’s remaining restored/refinished pieces still here in UK, to Ludlow Antique market on Sunday where I have booked a pitch.

They ask for my driving licence. I open it and notice my photo card licence has expired  AARRGGHH!

So, they ask if I can produce other photo ID , maybe my passport? AARRGGHH!!

Do I have any other Official Photo ID ? NO! APART FROM THE PHOTOS ABOVE SHOWING STARING MADWOMAN WHICH ARE NOT ATTACHED TO ANY OFFICIAL ID… AAARRRGGGHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So, there you are, I cannot prove that I officially exist. I am a figment of my own imagination. A conceptual creature without form or substance or a photo ID.

I may grow to appreciate this, if it means that I don’t have to think about anything for at least 24 hours.

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Small steps and hot French finds

Little bits done this week. Finished laying terre cuite hearth in salon, edging next. Also finally decided on floor finish for wet/cooker wall in kitchen.

Whilst loading said option, I spotted this chaux (lime) based natural paint in Brico-Depot in some lovely soft colours. That will save me a lot of mixing various paint cocktails in the future to achieve the finish I want. Shame I only have two rooms left to do.

Photos probably not good but here you are-the chaux is top right on board



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Oh Fuite-ing Hell!

OK, what is this?

Let me just confirm that it’s not one of my paint effects.

It’s on the dining room ceiling. What’s above? The terrace.

Dern, dern dern, dern, deeeerrrrrnnn……..

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Paper, boxes, benches

Whilst shredded paper won’t be in short supply en France, I am wondering if we will still be able to get recycled cardboard boxes to post out our pieces?

Maybe someone can tell me a source for these ?

And perhaps a bench like my ideal one here. I have only been looking for a decade, so maybe it will go on Trev’s list. Don’t tell him


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