mardi 30 novembre 2010


Gaby's cat drawn in Art class, she got a 17, I think she did great.
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Christmas Spirit

Gaby and Marie-Kate made our advent calendar this evening (the walls are bare still as we haven't had time to go to Brittany to pick-up all our art work from Mamie and Papy's...besides that, probably better off painting before we get them back).

And then papa brought back the 2m80 Christmas tree, tomorrow we will have to go and find the decorations in the basement.

lundi 29 novembre 2010

J'ai Froid

View from stairs of the little bit of the garden (there's a well behind the low stone wall)

It snowed a little during the night, only a little though, much to the children's disappointment.
It's really cold and my children who aren't used to such cold weather are now faced with having to wear hats and gloves, my my what fun I had trying to get Marie-Kate to wear them for school...boy she's so stubborn

The temperature hasn't risen above -2°c all day.

M-K's blue bedroom

The bedroom wasn't finished on Friday, I was way too optimistic. After a weekend of getting the glue off the walls, cleaning et cetera....painting all Sunday and Monday it was time to seal the wood. Still lots of finishing touches to make like paint the bookcase, hang up art, and school board ( I found on of those school blackboard's which in fact is green in a second hand store, which is made up of three parts, the biggest part is in the entrance and the two others which are smaller will go in MK's and Gaby's bedroom.

I'm not going to paint the desk, luckily, M-K likes it as it is, too.

More photos when the floor is completely dry.

vendredi 26 novembre 2010

M-K's Bedroom

I started chipping and scrapping the cement off the floorboards last weekend and phew I've finally finished. I've a third of the room to sand still, and then I can strip the walls ( the green wallpaper is lovely in comparison with the black woven wall covering in Alexis' room and the same but in brown in Gaby's...sorry no photos, stripped that off the first chance I got).
Impossible to finish today, but I'll give it a go...

Update at 17H15.... was a little optimistic, got started late as I had to wait for a chronopost parcel ( we have a telephone after a a 3 month break). Anyhow floor sanded, and half a room stripped and I did clean out the grout between most of the floorboards too..tedious job!
Tomorrow will be more productive, I hope!

mercredi 24 novembre 2010

New arrival in our entrance

I wasn't going to even think about painting the entrance until the top floor was finished, however our new Milton console table has just arrived so I think I'll have to put this job on the list just after Marie-Kate's bedroom which I am doing at the moment (luckily only 12m2 of cement to chip off the oak floorboards).

jeudi 18 novembre 2010

This New House

Going to have to change that plastic door handle real soon

We put the house on the market in Sanary in June and sold it on the 28th July after probably 50 visits via PAP and real estate agents.
It took 6 long weeks to sell, something of which I'm not used too, as all the houses I have ever owned (three) before sold within days and only after a couple of visits. These house were in the UK, perhaps that's where lies the difference.
Anyhow, here we are in the Yvelines. We bought the first house we visited, and it wasn't even on our list. We visited 7 more just to be sure but we were all smitten by this house, despite the work that would be needed.

house and shutters to be painted next spring

I am working on the floors, which is tiresome, and we have the painting to do everywhere!

25m2 just in this bedroom