December 9, 2015

AN INTERMISSION

We have finally run out of steam in the DIY process.  Sick of spending all day long in paint spattered old clothes we put away the paint pots, put some pictures up on the walls and put down the carpet.

Life has returned to a temporary kind of normal, until we have recharged our batteries and have the energy to do a whole battery of jobs that need finishing off.  After nearly two years of moving our furniture and belongings up stairs and back down again, across the channel and back again (in some cases), in and out of the barn, it’s a miracle that we can still remember what normal is like.

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We’re very pleased with the overall effect.  Let’s hope that we don’t stop noticing the bits that aren’t finished and get around to finishing them – eventually!

Ten points to the person who can spot the forgotten screwdriver!

19 comments:

  1. You should both be very pleased with what you have accomplished. What a warm and inviting space, really
    could be out of the pages of a décor magazine. The beams
    add a great touch. Is that a screwdriver on the hearth?

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    1. Sheila, thank you!
      The thing on the hearth is one of the many tools Nick uses to tinker with the wood burner.

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  2. I don't see any cocktail glasses, I can't find the screwdriver.

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  3. Where's the celebratory bottle of sparkles?
    Great job. Bravo!

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    1. Thanks Gaynor. We sparkled not long after I took the pictures!

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  4. It looks great. A well-earned break for the holidays! I like my screwdrivers without ice.

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    1. Thanks Walt. I must look up how to make a screwdriver so that the next time Nick sticks his head into a cupboard and says 'could you pass me the screwdriver' I can oblige!

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  5. Phew! What a marathon. Called to a halt just in time for your birthday -- very wise :-)

    I think the screwdriver is on the side table bottom right in the last photo. I like that photo, with your clever reflection of the bread oven in the mirror opposite. I like the light fitting over the dining room table too. Is that yours or did you inherit it?

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    1. Susan, well spotted!
      The reflection of the bread oven was accidental. I just took a few quick snaps when the room was tidy and didn't notice it until I uploaded the pictures later.
      The light fitting was bought for over the dining table in our UK kitchen. Unfortunately while buying it I totally forgot that the house is a third the size of the one we had before and when we unpacked it we decided it looked huge and ridiculous. As it was a special order we couldn't really take it back for a refund so we brought it here, where it looks not exactly in keeping with the house, but we like it.

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  6. Susan beat me to it... the red handled screw driver on the side table? I like the look very much. Relaxed, warm and welcoming but most of all, live-able. I like the vase on the living room sideboard. Is it Moorcoft or Doulton Lambeth? Well done to you both and best wishes for the holidays.

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    1. Craig, the vase came from a craft market at La Rochelle many years ago, made by a local potter.

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  7. Well, it really, really looks lovely. Everything fits together so nicely, and you have wonderful things!

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  8. I like it, very comfortable looking and very country french. I had narrowed the screwdriver down to the hearth and the side table. I like the light fixture, I have something similar in the condo. A screwdriver is vodka and orange juice.

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  9. It looks very comfortable and attractive. Finally you can sit down and take it easy.

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  10. Looking good. We have reached a stage where we need to start painting everything again. Hard to believe we bought the house over 10 years ago! Have a great Christmas. Diane

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  11. Time now to lean back on the couch, enjoy each other's company and move on to living life. We share your feelings as we have gone thru the same but to sell not to live in. Our exeriences are now ahead of us. Sue and I wish you a greatr festive season.

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  12. 30 minutes to go.... Euro time....
    MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!!
    And a healthy, prosperous and fulfilling Twenty-Sixteen!

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  13. It all looks fab. Take a well earned break and Merry Christmas to you both.

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  14. It's looking lovely. Enjoy your well-deserved break. :)

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