Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Well - I know you're agog with excitement at the thought of a continuation of the Door Saga...

And quite right too!

So here's a picture of the door so far. And it probably won't get much better than this...


... apart from a tidy-up round the edges, a coat of paint and a  handle.  Then there's just a little matter of the differing room heights, which will require a step on the dépendence side, which will need to be built over the soil pipe coming along at the base of the party wall! Quite when that will be achieved I don't know, but at least I can get my wood in without going out in the rain now!

Thursday, 18 January 2018

When One Door Closes, Another Door opens...

Not that there has been any closing (of doors) yet - or any opening (of doors) even.

This is how it all started out...

dresser in 2008 when the kitchen was renovated and decorated.

The only part of the room that was never plasterboarded and insulated was the bit of wall behind this little dresser.

So this was the obvious place (not to mention the ONLY POSSIBLE place) to knock through to create a doorway into the dépendence on the other side which is like a little brick-built building/workshop on the end of the house.  Formerly used as a small cattleshed  many years ago and then as a workshop, it now houses all my DIY tools and my log store.

For 10 years I have walked around the house to reach the entrance to the dépendence to get logs, come rain or shine. And, as I only use the woodburner and the logs in the winter, that ends up being mostly rain and very little shine!

But a week or two ago I decided to finally have a door put in.  This is the space where the dresser was...

wall - first coat

And this is the beginning of the doorway opening-taken from the dépendence side...

And finally I will no longer have to walk round the house in the rain to bring in the wood...

It took two and a half days to make the opening and tidy it all up and I'm still waiting for the concrete poured into the frame to set, so it will be another week, I'm guessing, before it is anything like finished.

At the moment the door that will eventually go there is simply wedged into the opening to stop the draught which was blowing in like a force 3 gale, so it currently looks like this...

What’s behind the green door?

I am assured that the 'dirty' work is over, so I can start the clean-up. Everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) is covered in a heavy layer of dust. It got everywhere.

Sunday, 29 October 2017


The clocks went back an hour today and I didn't realise until this afternoon. So I was up early!

I knew I had a lot of timepieces, but now that I've just changed them all, I realise that I have far too many. Two in the kitchen, two in the living room, three (!) in my craft room - tempus fugit in there - one in the spare bedroom, two in my bedroom plus my wristwatch and the two telephone handsets. That makes 13 - unlucky for some - namely the person who has to set them all back an hour!

Apart from that onerous and unexpected task, I've been occupied in the last few days with making some voodoo doll pincushions...

You remind me of a man...

I just love them - they're a free pattern from here.

Well it DOES seem that winter has started today - it's been cold and damp and I had to light the wood burner.  Of course the cat, who is tired out after a recent battle in which she was, at least, on the winning side...

Battle of the Bathroom...

...has claimed the warmest seat for herself.

The chair by the fire

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Summer's Back!

I know that because the mower's broken again.  Grrrr!!!!!!  Philippe came and picked it up this afternoon.  You will note that we are now on first name terms 😊

This time it's the new cable that they put in - it has pulled out of its fixing.  I hope they don't charge me for this, I'm getting a bit fed up with the mower saga.

I may write a book...

I've been dashing about today.  First I went to Jersey Laitiere again to take some butter pats to hang on the wall.   The lady (I must ask her name) was making mint choc chip ice cream...

Making mint choc chip ice cream

Making mint choc chip ice cream
Tomorrow they are making butter so I'm aiming to go again. 🙂

Then I went to the Confolens Intermarché for petrol and some bits of food, and on the way home, Janet phoned me with a suggestion that we meet for lunch.  So off I went to Bellac, where we discovered that the place we had in mind was closed!  But, heigh ho, we went round the corner and found a little place where they made us a 3 cheese pizza from scratch - and it was delicious!  then we had a look round Maximum (a charity shop) and Janet bought a gorgeous walnut wardrobe. Just have to arrange collection and delivery to her new house now. I wish I had taken a photo, it is really lovely.

It's a beautiful evening tonight, and the forecast for the rest of the week is good too, so I really think it may be summer again...

Saturday, 29 July 2017

I Need a Hero

The end of a relationship is always sad - a total eclipse of the heart in most cases. But, like Bonnie Tyler and Princess Fiona, I'm holding out for a hero...

Friday, 28 July 2017

Jersey Cream

Yesterday afternoon I went with a friend to a little coffee shop - way out in the countryside near Availles-Limouzine.  It is called Jersey Laitiere. A really sweet little place, with old-style decor...

Jersey Laitiere, Availles Limousine

I had a cup of coffee and he had tea,and there was a selection of home-made cakes and biscuits available too, though both of us had recently had lunch, so we didn't try those.

The place is delightful and the owner is very welcoming. I highly recommend a visit.

The shop is  open 7 days a week, 9.30 - 12.00 and 14.00 - 17.00.

Make a visit - you won't be disappointed!

Thursday, 27 July 2017


Did you ever have a life-changing moment?

Mine was eleven years ago, on April 19th 2006 when my husband Richard died. I've written about this before, so I won't go over it all again, but his birthday was 29th July and he would have been 57 this year, so I can't help but remember how life changed completely for me that day.

Now I need to remember that time, but not let it rule my life any more - I need to change my life and be happy again. So I am thankful for today and I'm going to start making the changes that I need to make, starting today.