Une belle aventure

Our new life in 'Les Vosges'


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I can not stop him from digging….

Matt was pretty chuffed with his French drain. I say His as he pretty much did all the work. I helped!
So he set about finding other kind of digging activities….
And he started uncovering the Walls.
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And he got Saf into it as well.
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So why not actually. A feature wall would look nice.
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But when I came back into the room, he had moved onto ANOTHER wall!
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I think he got carried away as uncovering stones is probably kind of fun.
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We now needed to take all the old render off. Then clean the stones as much as we could and think of the new render we would want to apply!
Still this was completely unplanned (as is the whole project) and I think it’s going to turn out pretty cool!
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We sanded the walls.
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We scraped the walls.
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We washed the walls.
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Ready for new render.
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And Charlie & Buster also came in for a few days.
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Clearing and discovering

We tend to alternate a couple of days working outside (weather permitting butย to be honest up until now (because it is now too cold cold cold) I seemed to have always favoured outside work.
Anyhow so we wereย back in the house and clearing some interesting features…including canvas insulation on the old wiring.
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bye bye. ๐Ÿ˜‰

And uncovering some others… Wow it actually looks like some sweets the kids love. Those long strings!

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Taking the pipes out.
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Taking the stones out.
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Taking theย nest out….
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And discovering Roland’s grand dad. RIP matie.


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What we need is a “French drain”

Because we don’t want to have to wear one of these each time we go into our cellar. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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We decided to tackle the drainage at the back of the house and what better way than to fit a French Drain.
So there was a lot of this for Matt. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Matt
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Only thing about working outside at this time of year is…well it gets dark early.
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Like a giant snake. ๐Ÿ˜‰
If anyone needs some…Please shout as we’ve got some 30m left over…
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Oh well, Let’s hope it looks okay in the morning.
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And it does the job too!!
Now with another layer of ‘graviers’ (as we ran out when we first did it)
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And the original plan! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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The kids had all sort of stories for that drawing. However ‘the fitting of a french drain’ wasn’t one of them. I don’t know why it’s pretty clear though. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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A little rain….and a fear of heights

So a few weeks ago, before it all started turning cold cold cold we had a bit of rain…well a lot actually and the area was flooded. It seems like nothing happens by halves here. It’s all kind of “massive scale”.
So the usual happened: Our cellar was flooded. But this time, as we had previously dug a lovely hole, we were able to use the pump. Yay!
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And with the help of our neighbours Benjamin and Hubert we finally located our main drain! Hourray. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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And we also decided to fix the front gutter….However we completely underestimated how high it was and the fact that neither of us was very good with heights….
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So we were very very lucky when Hubert drove past and said “Ha the gutter, should only take a couple of minutes”. Well that is if you do manage to climb the ladder I replied. “Let me do it!” He said. So he saved our day and hardly even held onto the ladder!
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Matt: happier on the ground. ๐Ÿ™‚
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Definitely needed replacing.

I caught Matt up a ladder the other day conquering his fear.
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What can we do with all the ‘pub’ we get in our letter box

I know we can choose to put a sticker on our letter box:
“Pas de publicitรฉ – Merci” but that would mean that Matt wouldn’t get his weekly fix of Aldi or Lidle’s special offers.
In case you also do wonder how does the postman manage to put all that stuff in the letter box…..well they do have a pass…Hey Matt ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Well here is what you can do: “Fire paper bricks”
What? I hear you say. Something to do with fires, again!!!!

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Leave to dry for a couple of weeks.

Advertising and brands’ image are slightly different here. Who can guess which shop that is?
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Stepping back in time

A few weeks ago, Eric gave us an old wood burner, that was gathering dust in his garage.
We did consider it for our kitchen but in the end, went for a Vogelzang. Matt is going to restore it and put it in his garage.
He has started a few repairs already.
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Usual bottle of beer (to get an idea of the size of the wood burner)
It is also pretty heavy!
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We need to get another chimney flue to affix on the outside wall… (as if we didn’t have enough chimneys! lol) Why not when wood is the cheapest way to heat a house and available on your doorstep.

So going back in time with the old wood burner prompted Matt to recreate what the kitchen might have looked like at one time:
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minus the flue! ๐Ÿ˜‰