Author Archives: grandhouseadventure

My Corner Office

I’ve watched enough TV shows and movies in my life involving business, corporate life, lawyers and all that.  There always seems to be an underlying theme of “the corner office”.  Who is in it, who gets it when it becomes … Continue reading

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La Rentree – VTT

So, today being September 1 is return to school for all the kids in France – La Rentrée (Ron-tray) as it is called here.  As we don’t start lessons until next week (similar to Canada) we decided to have phys-ed … Continue reading

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Lost Arts

Technology is a wonderful way to discover lost arts, for example, how to make a thatched shelter, how to make wooden pegs for timber framing and how to make charcoal.  This last one appealed to me particularly as it is … Continue reading

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Matching wits with chickuns

Chickens are crafty birds, they just seem to be always looking for cheeky mischief.

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Trim Work

I used to think that with a good mitre saw set at 45 degrees that anyone could do trim work.

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Master Bedroom

Believe it or not, despite the size of the house, we are all still sleeping in the same room.  Most other rooms are “in progress”. For the master bedroom

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Make a Box from a Tree

A year ago our leaning chestnut tree fell – prolonged soggy conditions and the roots just couldn’t hold on any more.  See my other posts, death of a tree and still alive.  You can see it here in this picture … Continue reading

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Eight more

This past year I went on a fact finding mission about beekeeping and Andrew went on a fact finding mission about chickens and other fowl. As interesting as beekeeping is, Andrew won the coin toss and now it is fresh … Continue reading

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November Thoughts

Yes, the weather is warm at the moment.  And I know what everyone is thinking – How is Will making out with that curtain?  Well… Actually in the home stretch now on having a nice entry hall.

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Bois de Chauffage

For the inexperienced – that’s Fire Wood. I know in Canada fuel shows up in a truck or just arrives through a pipe.  Here, I do it differently. Do you forget that there are 14 fireplaces – now only 10 … Continue reading

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