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The “Roman Bridge” the coldest morning yet and Bronte takes a big step

We have been told that this partly collapsed walkway over the river is a Roman bridge. I have now incorporated it into the first book of a series that I am writing, based around our house and Campagne-sur-Aude’s ancient, rich  … Continue reading

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Episode 145- A retrospective. Renovation, restoration and reconstruction in the Aude

I think it’s time to look back and take stock. Quite a few new folk have started following this  epic saga of ours and must be wondering what kind of blog they have stumbled onto here. Some art, some antiques, … Continue reading

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We adore chaos because we love to produce order

Thus spake M.C. Escher. Speaking for myself, he was right. To create order from a state of chaos, both architecturally and aesthetically, is why we took on this French house. I have been overhelmed and undermined; Poor Old Trevor has … Continue reading

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Oh Well !

Here is the official well, situated  behind the Templar church of Saint Sébastien. A very knowledgeable local who has an encyclopedic knowledge of the oral history of Campagne-sur-Aude has been digging out and restoring this well- check out page 12 … Continue reading

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Emotional rescue

The Languedoc is dotted with quirky properties in various stages of benign and active neglect: just waiting for some mad and optimistic adventurer to spot and save them. Properly save them I mean. Not get someone else in to board … Continue reading

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The Thursday Three- Passementerie

Now you all know how much I love my textiles, and I love the complementary fine art of passementerie too. “Passement” comes from a French word and is generally taken to mean decorative trimmings, tassels and edgings made from silk … Continue reading

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Episode 87- French street names in a little village in the Languedoc

renovation, restoration, appellation We have a number of ancient street names here in Campagne-sur-Aude. Perhaps because this is a backwater frozen in time, we seem to have avoided the mass renaming of streets that occurred following the French Revolution. The … Continue reading

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