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The Romance of the Raw – mixing it up in the salon

If you have been following this blog you will know that I have been doing my best to preserve the old lime plaster walls and ceilings we still have at the French house .We have to accept that some walls … Continue reading

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Bang Crash Wallop

Poshbirdy is  having bits of her French house ripped apart. For sound and sensible reasons and with a purpose; but it does not make it any easier for the sensitive restorer. I know- left https://poshbird.blog/author/poshbirdy/ I remember the feelings I … Continue reading

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Architectural ironmongery – and four more for Friday

Wise words for French house restorers, with a wider message I think. I am not of any traditional religious persuasion myself but I found this piece of embroidery from a Welsh Chapel; presumably it hails from a period when the … Continue reading

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Bonus Friday post – Instant karma’s gonna get you

You know I love old maps. I have my 17thc pre “Treaty of the Pyrenees” map from ebay to frame up. Then, on Wednesday I had to go over to Birmingham (long story) so I decided to take the opportunity … Continue reading

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Restore, recycle, reuse, relook it, relove it

I have been blog-chatting with JP at https://husifrankrike.com/ where he and his wife have been musing on restoring features at their medieval village house ( also in the Aude) and perhaps commissioning replacement features. JP has what looks like a … Continue reading

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À la fin de l’année- the end of a tough year

So we walk into our closest large supermarket (UK) & this bottle of crémant de Limoux is on the shelf with all the other bubbles. A bottle of Premiere Bulles rosé, with that toffee coloured tint that so many Southern … Continue reading

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La cheminée, le cœur de la pièce- or, why the fireplace is key

I’m not dictating what you should do Chez Vous, but for me, the fireplace in any room is key. Left-  from linen & lavender – lifestyle I have two woodburning stoves to fit at the French village house; but if … Continue reading

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