Friday, 30 October 2015

Day six

The odd bit in the floor that was a poorly thought out "feature" had to go

Now made good and patched in with new floorboards. As a friend of mine said "its so nice to have wall to wall floors"

And braced underneath

Stud walls going up

off cuts of studding to fasten the top to the ceiling rail

I've had to leave a panel out of the stud wall by the stairs to get the rest of the plaster board up. That's tomorrows job! The 2 way lighting circuits are installed and working. The switches by the door and then next to where the bed will probably be. The panel in the top is the lighting distribution box so you can get at all the connections later. Actually French wiring is a lot more rational than English which by comparison seems a bit of a kludge really.

Not sure I've got enough ladders on the job?

Tuesday, 27 October 2015


The arrow slot the the cute is that!

Under which is an odd bit of floor I will have to tidy up

And shelves

Although I may loose the bookcase behind the wall

The only problem with character is it can be a little dusty!

Monday, 26 October 2015

And on the first day

I've got 7 days to finish this room so here goes, my best efforts!

Before the skin...

The tricky bits over the stairs were a challenge.

But a lifter helps a lot

Insulated and boarded


Not at all bad for a couple of days work I think!

Thursday, 15 October 2015


Is all about where you're looking from!

The view from above

Of what will be a great space

If you take on projects like this one you have the courage of your convictions, cos its a long way down

Looking forward!

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Meet the ancestors!

These are my great great great grandparents on my fathers side of the family (although I would have to look on the family tree to confirm the number of "greats"). Now here in France in their new home. They will eventually be housed in what I like to call "the library" mainly because I always wanted a library. Actually to be more precise I always wanted one of those ladder things on wheels that goes around tall bookcases in old films. In truth its the hall upstairs that will have bookcases and a reading area on the mezzanine above, but hey nothing wrong with a little flourish in the naming department! The location will suit the pictures because they are a little on the large side (100cm x 80cm each) so in a room with standard height ceilings they would look a bit squashed. The wall they will be going on is about 3m tall so no worries there then.

In my parents house my great (times x) grandfather was on the other side in which case they would be sitting towards each other which is I guess is how I will hang them when the hall/library is ready.

They are probably not everybody's cup-of-tea and a little on the austere side by modern tastes, but they are part of the family and I'm very fond of them. So like my parents, I will look look after and maintain them as best I can until they pass to my children.

Monday, 12 October 2015


I've posted many times with progress on the house and my renovation / restoration. Today is something of a departure in that I thought I'd do a post featuring some of the local landscape. After all one of the joys living here is being able to enjoy the Norman landscape. So here are a few pictures taken on my morning walk!

The roads were busy this morning; I saw two cars!