Tag Archives: renovating in France

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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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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How about those Doors

No, not the musical group, my inside doors. Constructed of oak, 30 mm thick, no nails, just wooden pegs and some tight mortise and tenon joints and still hanging strong.

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Closets

I call all the closets in this house the smallest rooms with the most work.  It feels that they take forever despite their size. I do have a master plan

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Still Alive!

This July marks the end of our fifth year here.  Lately lots of people here have been asking why the house is not finished yet.  I thought I would follow my usual answer (it will never be finished) with this … Continue reading

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Happy Earth Day

I think every day should be earth day.  There shouldn’t be a moment when we are not considering the impact our actions have on the earth.  This is our home. I have spent the last number of days working on … Continue reading

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