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French village houses

Taking our promenade around Campagne one evening we notice that many of our neighbours are painting their shutters and walls. There are no colour restrictions imposed here; despite the historical buildings and yes, you can see the church from our … Continue reading

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Episode 120 – Hang on in there… progress update #1

I don’t think the spiders wanted us back at the house this month. It’s only been a few weeks since I removed the egg sacs behind the bedroom shutters , so in retaliation they attempted to barricade us out. Not … Continue reading

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Episode 104- Campagne March 2015

Just rolled out of bed decadently late and grabbed this shot from the tulip bedroom. Look at that sky! For the restoration fans, the lethally lead painted shutters held together with string are going. They are so warped and sagging … Continue reading

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Episode 94- Hidden historic details #2- Beams and roof timbers

Regular readers  will recall that half our house (the bit that isn’t the barn) is supported by three huge beams,which clearly received only the most cursory attention between being trees and holding our hybrid hovel up. 1) The rather beautiful … Continue reading

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Episode 92- Be careful what you wish for

Renovation, restoration, speculation..September 2014 Ah, the impenetrable mysteries of life in France’s small villages. I was pondering this exact subject when I looked out of our kitchen window this September . A mixed bunch of village children (three to thirteen) … Continue reading

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Episode 68- While we are waiting…..

renovation, restoration, positive contemplation…. Whilst we await the results of a battery of tests (see Episode 66-Stop everything..) and news as to whether we can actually progress our project (i.e.can Trevor manage the stairs in the French village house or … Continue reading

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Episode 62- A wake up call…………..

renovation, restoration, much trepidation…………….2013 The old part of the village is wired, via a set of loudspeakers, to the Mayor’s office. This is common, apparently. We hadn’t even noticed this until our second season at Maison Priest when I was … Continue reading

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