Had a full on weekend courtesy of the Beverley/Nogent sur Oise twinning society and our hosts Annie and Adrian Petit. We were treated royally by the food-and-wine-loving Petit family!
Back to work Tues 5th April.
A return to painting the front twin bedroom. Unfortunately we have exhausted our Dulux home bought paint so are now using french paint bought from the french B and Q. We hope the bedroom will have a seaside feel - white beams, blue ceiling and sandy coloured walls. We think this will be the most transformed room if the scheme works. Graham has spent ages hiding various wires, sockets and bodged bits of wall - he hopes to create a platform to house a bookcase to hide the worse.
It is nice to have a tea break in sunshine in the garden - today it has been in the early 20 degrees C - very pleasant!
Graham has also demolished a cupboard in the dining room - unfortunately revealing a rather damp wall. More work!
Another before - the landing -
And after -
Tomorrow a trip to Nantes - to Ikea - Graham can't wait!
Graham then spent a few days assemblying the purchased Ikea products - 2 beds, a bedside cabinet, a chest of drawers and a tall bookcase - all for the "kids" front bedroom which is now finished - again difficult to get a good photo on the ipad.
The panelling which is to hide the wire which is being re-routed.
We are almost on first name terms with the workers at the dichetterie (tip) having made frequent visits!
Here we are preparing for another trip. As you can see we are not content just to attack the inside of the house - we have attacked the garden just as enthusiastically!
We will leave the dining room and kitchen until our return in May/June. A new kitchen is planned to be fitted then as well as a wood burning stove.
Further exploration of the damp has now left a stone wall needing drying out
The wall between the kitchen and dining area is to be demolished
Back to Angleterre for a rest!
On the positive we feel that the house is beginning to feel more of a home.
We have also had time to have a soiree with our french neighbours who have kindly offered to help feed the fish, water the plants AND mow the lawn whilst we're away. We even have a lovely lady Christelle lined up to do changeovers once we have paying guests in the summer - result!!
Just a few photos of the many little decorative gifts left by our french vendors.
A plaque dated 1922 for a prize for a dog show ( we hope!)
And in the hallway a few objects d'art
A la prochaine!