Sunday, 30 October 2016

~~~ potential

 .... the door leads to this space
 to the left is a small terrace
ahead another door!
to the barn
which has the original hay rack 
and earth floor
these doors lead to the side road
where the log lady dumped all those logs
which had to be stacked quickly
as it clogged up the narrow street!
and these to the square behind 
the barn runs the whole width of my property
and it has a hay loft
which you get to from the upper terrace
the roof is possibly 18ft high at the lowest point
and that is not all ....

Saturday, 29 October 2016

++++ Maison deux

so I showed you the main house
this is the kitchen {with the now quieter range}
and the door here leads to 
another house!
this is my studio
which leads to
the lounge with a front door to the side street
and stairs leading to
a double bedroom 
with a window onto the upper terrace
then a door to
ma chambre
that door goes back to the main house
there are lots of doors in this house
this one is halfway between the 1st & 2nd floors
I tell you where it takes you next time ....

Thursday, 27 October 2016

- - colour me

 so we started stripping the red bedroom
at first it was a painterly thing
revealing old walls
these ceilings are over 12ft high
and the walls are really bad
hundreds of years of filler
it is taking forever
as the paper only comes off in tiny pieces
and the steamer is a no-no
but we will get there

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

++ through the keyhole

here is the front door to the main house
which is nearly 200 years old
the knocker is about 24cm long!
into the hallway
this staircase is much wider and bigger 
than this photo conveys
to the right the dining room
the doorway you can see
takes you into the kitchen
to the left is the 'room of doom'
named because it is full of boxes
but will eventually be a small lounge
or reception room
up to the first floor
to the right the 'eating room red'
which is above the dining room
where we are stripping the wallpaper 
{more on that later}
this will be a twin room
and has an ensuite
to the left a double bedroom 
and through that door is the ensuite
up to the second floor
to the right a beautiful big bedroom
with a side room leading to an ensuite
the side room has a single bed/s
ideal for families
to the left another double bedroom
with an ensuite
rooftop hillside views included
but that is not all ......

Friday, 21 October 2016

-_- nemesis

don't be fooled by how nice this cooker looks
it has lots of gas rings on the top
there's even a wok burner
but only two of the rings actually work

the first time I turned on the oven
and opened the door
a huge plume of disgusting smelling
smoke came out
the stench of old fat and dead stuff
dear Jason rose to the challenge
armed with his trusty halogen lamp
and some heavy duty cleaner
this was after quite a few changes of water
both of the ovens bray like donkeys when switched on
the noise is mad
shortly after I filmed this little video
the right hand oven died
no cakes for now then

this is Harry aka Hazza
he has fixed the Falcon!
I now have 6 working burners 
and two quieter ovens
long may that continue

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

>>> elec-trickery

have a little think about how many electrical
things you have 
and how many plugs they use
in the UK our plugs have 3 pins
only having a few adaptors to use them in 2 pin sockets
got boring after a few days!
a quick youtube search 
and I was soon re-wiring
12 plugs
there's still more to do
but it's a start

Monday, 17 October 2016

paper over the cracks

this house is a balance of beauty and bodge
the previous owner wasn't a builder
he was a chef
there's lot of door porn
then there's modern doors fitted into old frames
there's bad glass paint effects
1990's paint choices
odd installations in the walls
laminate and rope
sweet child measures
electric cable conduit
around this double beauty

there is work to do and we have lots of time to do it
luckily I have my brother Jason, staying with me to help

Sunday, 16 October 2016


one week ago
my house was packed up
labelled and loaded
onto a huge truck 
we had a few days without any furniture
{apart from some beds I purchased from the previous owner}
one frying pan and a saucepan
two borrowed deckchairs
and some random crockery 
by the third day, the truck arrived
the whole village suddenly wanted to walk their dogs
or visit the local bar
to see what was going on
within a few hours
everything was unloaded
most of the boxes were piled in a side room 
on the ground floor
we call this 'the room of doom'
much of it won't be unpacked for some time
so this is my new home
in La Bastide sur L'Hers

plenty more photos here ~