Category Archives: Renovation

A Mock-Up of the Little House

You may remember our poultry yard dilemma that got in the way of our project to renovate our “little house” to make a gîte (self-catering holiday rental accommodation). We thought we might have to drop the idea altogether. The next … Continue reading

Posted in Closerie Falaiseau, Renovation | Tagged , | 10 Comments

Back Home in Blois to a Broken Weather Vane

We pick up our car at the long-term parking lot near Orly Airport at 10.30 pm after our flight back from Malaga and drive the two hours back to Blois with no mishaps. Closerie Falaiseau is safe and sound with no … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Closerie Falaiseau, Life in France, Renovation | Tagged | 16 Comments

Our New Office

It’s not really an office. That’s the word Jean Michel uses in French; it means a place next to the kitchen or dining room in which the table service is prepared. Well, it’s sort of that.  I would call it … Continue reading

Posted in Blois, Closerie Falaiseau, Renovation | Tagged , | 7 Comments

News on the Home Front

It’s now four weeks since we moved to Blois. All the boxes are unpacked (except those in storage such as Christmas decorations and things that we’re not sure where to put or may never use again). I finally found the exercise book … Continue reading

Posted in Closerie Falaiseau, Country living, Renovation | Tagged , | 18 Comments

Blois Chambord Cycling Itinerary 11 & 11bis

Most of our time in Blois seems to be spent frantically gardening, restoring fireplaces and making laundries, but this time, I’ve checked the weather report and Thursday looks as though it will be bright and sunny. We have breakfast in … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Closerie Falaiseau, Cycling, Flowers & gardens, Loire Valley, Loire Valley châteaux, Renovation | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments

A Laundry in a French House No Less! #1

We’ve set aside two weeks to make a laundry at Closerie Falaiseau. Like most French houses, it doesn’t have one. I’ve talked about this before. In fact, Jean Michel has already drilled a 10 cm diameter hole through a 70 … Continue reading

Posted in Accommodation, Architecture, Blois, Closerie Falaiseau, Renovation | Tagged , , | 13 Comments

Friday’s French – travaux

This is going to be a very short post because we are up to our necks in travaux. Travaux, the plural of travail is, interestingly enough, from the low Latin trepalium, instrument of torture, derived from the Latin tres, three, … Continue reading

Posted in French language, Renovation, Uncategorized | Tagged , | 6 Comments

Weekly Blogger Round-Up: Renovating a château – Visiting Southern Italy – No pants in the Paris metro

Welcome to this week’s Blogger Round-Up. Three posts caught my eye immediately this week. The first, by Janine Marsh from The Good Life France, tells the story of an Australian couple who have bought a château in the south of … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, France, French customs, Italy, Paris, Renovation, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Rethinking our projects in the Loire

I was very encouraged by all the sympathetic comments on the post I wrote a couple of weeks ago called War declared by next-door neighbours. Thank you for your support. I have to confess that I have been depressed ever … Continue reading

Posted in Closerie Falaiseau, Renovation | Tagged , | 14 Comments

Making the Most of Spring in Blois

I don’t know how it got to be 10th March when just a couple of days ago, it was still February. All that R&R we were supposed to have this week doesn’t seem to have happened. Even though the fireplace … Continue reading

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Posted in Closerie Falaiseau, Flowers & gardens, Loire Valley, Renovation | Tagged , , , , , | 11 Comments