vendredi 4 septembre 2015
The chateau is shrouded in a fine mist..........
How we look this morning
.......but not a mist coming in from the marsh though. It is a mist from the powder as the old, battered 1950s render is removed from the exterior walls.
When we found the chateau the old render was filthy dirty and would not clean. So we decided to try painting it but we never felt entirely happy with the result.
We received a quote from a French company to renew the old render and decided that 42,000 euros sounded like we would be refurbishing every house in the village, and not just our four walls!!!
After we got up off the floor having collapsed in shock after receiving that quote we decided to see what was actually beneath the old render - and held our breath as Mark put hammer to chisel and chipped a small portion off.
The old stone looked fine so he carried on a little more and now....VOILA!!! She is looking very elegant as the work continues.
She hasn`t stood resplendent showing off her original stone for 60 years - but now she can again.
I can live with the dust and mist for these results!!
How we used to look originally
We tried painting but were never happy with the results!
Don`t ask about the pumpkin...it collapsed after the snails ate the outer layer. I have 8 weeks to come up with a replacement!!!
Bon weekend mes belles and good truffling...
A la prochaine.
dimanche 30 août 2015
samedi 29 août 2015
vendredi 28 août 2015
jeudi 27 août 2015
lundi 24 août 2015
Yesterday was one of my favourite brocantes of the year and I always look forward to it. I always find wonderful treasures there and the patisserie has the most divine croissant amande...what`s not to like?
The alarm rang out at 5.30 a.m and so did the rain lashing against the windows. Heavy persistant rain and I knew that no one could have possibly unpacked.
I re-set the alarm for 6 a.m and went back to sleep. Just before 6 a.m there was a huge crack of thunder, lightening lit up the sky and we lost all power. The rain lashed harder so in a huge sulk I rolled over and went back to sleep.
It looked like it was going to be a day pottering around the chateau catching up with chores. At 10 a.m the rain was a little lighter so we decided to drive to the brocante town and if nothing was happening we would have a coffee and croissant and sulk a little more!
We arrived to find it in full flow with everyone just unpacking. Those brocanteurs are made of tougher stuff than me!
So..off I went into full truffling mode and the first thing I found was a pair of 1920s needlepoint shoes swiftly followed by chateau lace, tiny frames,frothy paged books,1920s shop display hangers with gorgeous lithographed faces,an old school globe on a cast iron base, a sweet sampler,two 1920s Chinese silk dresses and so the list went on.
Who needs a croissant and coffee?!!!
mercredi 12 août 2015
samedi 8 août 2015
jeudi 6 août 2015
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Merci mes belles
mardi 4 août 2015
This morning after Mark had left for La Poste I went into our bedroom and there was a man waving at me from outside the window.
Bearing in mind that the chateau is a tall building and our bedroom is very high up this was quite a feat!!!
I had not been on the vin rouge, had a chocolat overdose at the patisserie or even been eating mushrooms from the marsh.
This smiling Monsieur was wearing blue overalls and was on the important end of a cherry picker crane!
Paparazzi? Peeping Tom with heavy equipment? Very persistent flasher? Georgle Clooney with the ring? NO!!
At last, the EDF has arrived to up our electricity voltage. When we took the keys to the chateau it had been empty for 10 years and we immediately had it rewired for safety.
However, our power has always been low and we could never use the cooker and kettle and microwave at the same time! If the oven is working and you switch the kettle on the lights go dim. In fact, come to think of it, the microwave has NEVER worked. Sure enough the turntable moved but nothing ever got hot or defrosted.
How exciting when they have finished!! I shall have a festival of electrical equipment usage all at once and shall make a cup of tea, whilst microwaving a jacket potato, whilst tumble drying some textile, machine washing more and finally operating the oven.
I shall of course wait for the mystery monsieur to leave the building as I would hate to throw him from his ladder with an electrical jolt of activity.
We are planning our truffling trip for next week. I am so looking forward to hitting the road and seeing what turns up en route.
A la prochaine mes belles......