Saturday, 22 October 2011

french style

hello lovely people, long time no speak.........
too much has happened since i last appeared here, a lot of sadness and much upheaval, however here we are coming out the other side, still intact, and ready to start again!
we inherited some treasured pieces of furniture over the summer, and it has sparked in us a new vigour for finally sorting out our house. That combined with a brief trip to france in the holidays (more of that later),
has made me come over all brocante style! 

Jo and i have always had a fondness for Baileys in Ross, however when i happened upon the divine website via the hoard  (more from the hoarde later) I was totally hooked.

the website is truely visually beautiful and i would happily have anything from there in my house........if only there were room.............

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Sunday, 9 October 2011

where have you been to my lovely?

Seven weeks ago the Pope family set off on holiday and gave the builders the keys to our house. The brief was to knock down a wall to make a large (ish) kitchen diner and it was thought it would take 2 weeks. Knowing that builders never get it quite right I organised 4 weeks accommodation with friends and family thinking that would be plenty.

The phone was quiet whilst in France so we assumed no news was good news. Oh, how niave of us! Our thoughtful builder thought he'd wait till we were home to break the bad news: the old lath and plaster ceilings needed replacing - upstairs and down, this in turn revealed hugely dodgy electrics and some not too impressive plumbing, the very beginnings of dry rot and a bad damp course treatment. In fact this has turned into a complete refurbishment project, thank goodness we only live in a 2-up-2-down.

That is why I've been so quiet. Living out of suitcases, with no internet and only an ancient pay-as-you-go mobile is not conducive to leading a normal life, and certainly makes it impossible to a) be creative and b) write a blog. This is also the reason we have been unable to coordinate our Autumn workshop programme, but do not fear, we do intend to get ourselves back into action for the New Year. Meanwhile I'm heading into the fun part of all this work - decorating and making our home a home again.