Thursday, 10 August 2017

The Last Post

Hey it's been eight years since I started my blog. The intention of my blog was to chart my French house restoration and new life in France. Well the house is finished and the new life in France didn't quite work out how I planned. I think it was a good plan and done with the best of intentions. It was certainly optimistic and bold and I have learned a lot from the experience. Whilst it didn't work out how I expected; I am certainly better off than I was before I started. As my mother would say; sometimes things work out for the best. And it's good to finish on a high: I have a beautiful partner and baby boy and two beautiful teenage daughters. My house in the heart of the Norman country side is finished to a standard that I am very proud of. Sitting here looking at all the floors, beams, walls doors and furniture that I have made I have an immense sense of pride. I can see what I've done with the last 14 years.

It's been one hell of a ride xx

Here's to the next phase!


Hanging around

Latest installations:

Hockney poster

Painting by my good friend David Taylor

Walter Evans reproduction

The ancestors 


Ok so the last one is not my hall; but you can see where I'm going with this :)

Paris 2017

And the Pompidou:

The Hockney exhibition: Splash

Views over Paris

Frankie and Dad

Marcel Duchamp




I think this is the Stravinsky Fountain

Andy Warhol 

Walker Evans

A Chair


And bones

All in all a chilled day out!

Friday, 2 June 2017

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Sometime later...

And I've been back doing a little at the house

It might not loot like a lot but there is a lot of sanding and painting. It needs another coat and some spot filling but hey some progress at least.

Oh and I got around to spraying the shed. Anyone looting at this, if you ever need to apply wood preserver to a shed or fence; for god sake use a solvent based product with a cheap garden sprayer! I did the whole shed in under two hours

Oh yeah and I cut the grass / moss too

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Day Three

So I've put some wood in the hole! Should make the hall a touch warmer eh.

New loft access door

and rustic catch

The planks are alternated so that the natural cupping of the boards with cancel each other out over the width of the door. An expedite job!

and winter is coming!