Hello Dear Reader,
It’s half term and I’ve got loads of catching up to do. I’ve felt that our lives here have been on hold for months on end as we’ve channelled our energies literally across the channel. Time, money and effort have gone into ‘the house’ and I’ve forgotten that we have hobbies and lives here. I’ve dug out quilt books, scoured them, re-learnt quilt blocks and rekindled my great love of sewing.
I’m going to fill a scrappy quilt with random blocks that I’ve learnt just for the fun of it. I love the square within a square and a diamond within a diamond. You all know that star blocks are my favourite.
I also love the random and organic way that some quilts just grow. No rules, or colour scheme. I add in mainly thrifted fabric with a few cheap fat quarters. Anything goes as long as there is some sort of colour contrast. Whilst we’re staying here for the week, the French electricians have been busy and sent some photographs of the progress.
Our electricians have finished re-wiring the house in France. There are still electrical elements to change later but everything is safe, legal and earthed. There are plenty of lights and we’ve opted for utility over decorative qualities as I just wanted a kitchen that had plenty of light to work by. I don’t like the water heater in the kitchen but it’s safe, it works just fine and we’ll have to lump it for a few years as it just doesn’t need replacing. I’m not keen on the tiles either but again, there’s nothing wrong with them and I’ll have to live with them. I don’t like to spend money replacing things if there’s no need.
|French electrician in action!
The garden is still work in progress. The weather in France has been worse than here with storm after storm and the tree surgeon has left our work, which can wait as there’s no urgency, and has attended instead to storm damage where he’s needed to make trees safe. You can really see the forest behind the house now with all the trees cut down. He will be back to take all of the little branches to the tip and to stack the logs to dry.
I’m looking forward to pulling all that ivy off the house, I think it chokes it and I really don’t like it. I also can’t wait to sand down and paint the dingy shutters and as for the red lichen…..well, that’ll have to go! It’s all locked up again and can quietly just get on with existing for a few months until we return again.
It’s so different from when we first viewed the house or should say struggled to view it. Even the estate agent described it as hidden. It’t now totally revealed. It will be fun to look back at these photos next year and see the state the place was in when we first bought it!
Back to life here. We’re staying at home and getting our breath back! Lie ins, feet up with coffee, plenty of reading, some walks if it ever stops raining, a day trip if we can and general lolling for a few days.
I’ve been absent from here for a few days with an illness that has wiped me out, a few antibiotics seem to be helping along with rest, plenty of fluids and some pain killers. I’m on the mend and some quiet quilting is just what I need.
I’ll back for another chat tomorrow,
Love Froogs xxxx