Une belle aventure

Our new life in 'Les Vosges'


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In September we got the rest of the roof done

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To be honest we were still a little hesitant as to whether or not we should go ahead and get the front of the house’s roof done or just wait a little longer; especially since this was going to swallow the rest of our savings.
But as we were still pondering I received a phone call and the decision was kind of made for us, as a few days later they turned up and started working in bright sunshine.
What a difference from the weather we had the previous year.
They cracked on and we enjoyed this time the few days we had with an open roof as the weather was damn fine. And within 2 weeks it was all done.
I must say that we are very very please with the finishing and we are now happy and safe for many many years.

From that:
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To that:
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We worked on a couple of things (whilst these two, well…slept)

Spring does feel like a long time ago, especially as it is now Autumn. Looking back at the photographs I can see that in between trips to the Forest, we managed to do a few DIY jobs and we were still clearing the grounds from the storm of sep 2015. (We still have some more clearing to do…)
Most of the work in the bathroom is done (we just need to build some cupboards). As with everything, well problems appeared. Because it is not insulated, the condensation is terrible, which made the paint flakes! Arrgg. So more work…more tiling but it is not sorted.
I restored the old pharmacy cupboard and painted it yellow!

We finally started tiling the floor (18 month after purchasing the tiles, which everyone thought they were pizza boxes) – So no more pizza boxes in the corner Yay!
First of all we had to removed the linoleum, which had been glued on. This took a few days of scrapping and destroyed our fingers. (Cooper and Rhys helped)
Then Matt did the whole tiling and cutting and fitting and then we spent 4 days grouting. Such a tedious job. But it is done now!

Matt finished the wood panelling around the room.
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We got the kids working during their holidays

So it was the February holidays. The weather was terrible, just wet and cold. We didn’t have enough money to go away and even if we did Cooper was still too little to stay somewhere. Finally I had time to crack on with some D.I.Y and give our little home a ‘homely’ feel.
Brilliant! So it’s always challenging doing some decorating with your other half…Not always the same way of doing things, the same vision or expectation ect… Matt is fairly perfectionist and doesn’t mind if the job requires hours, days or month. I, on the other end, just like to get things done (even if it means cutting corners or dare I say it Bodging it!!!)Yay the French are awesome are bodging stuff so i feel at home here now. ūüėČ
Our house was never meant to become some kind of show house so a little bodging there and there and everywhere won’t hurt. Well it will hurt Matt so we won’t bodge too much.
I also want to recup and reuse as much stuff as possible and it really doesn’t matter if it doesn’t look perfect. For me it looks real!
So we’re working on some compromises….Add to this the kids, who always like to get involved. Some days it worked and others it was just dreadful. Add to this a dog and a cat who love playing chase!
Happy D.I.Y!

In the bathroom, we have reused the old tiles. This has meant lot of preparation, soaking them and taking the old plaster off but it is worth it.
My bodging has meant that the paint is not sticking to one of the wall so we have a new plan for above the sink!
The original plan was to insulated the outside of the bathroom before decorating but as always I wanted to get on with it. I know that in the long run, this will mean we’ll have to redecorate/repaint some walls but the building-site looks is kind of boring after a while.
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Then i painted the utility and gave the tiles a little make over. (bye bye avocado green)

Then I moved on to the lounge and started painting the ceiling….Then we ran out of paint and couldn’t find the same one again, settled for a different one, argued it was going to look really s***, painted for hours…..went to bed, woke up, finished it and actually felt happy with the end result.

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Then, well I just wanted the whole room done, so we painted the chimney, got the tiles off the walls, went to the shop and bought some wallpaper and some wood and some really crap adhesive….(‘Colle tout’ was the best but they decided to replace it with ‘Fix all’ which isn’t as good. lol)

We are not completely done but we’re getting there.

The kids have also enjoyed making breads. They are getting really good at it.
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Saf has also been making a house for her doll. I love her creativity.
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Matt has been given a ‘New’ restoration Project

Matt has been talking about getting a tractor for like……Ever! Now he has ONE! Hourray.
After working his magic, he got it to start!
Not sure he’ll be able to bring the wood from the forest with it (haha) but it seems to make him happy and he’s also planning some kind of tractors’race in the field when the ground dries up. Should be fun.
The kids are enjoying being able to drive. A nice first step into driving. I also had a go and i must say it was really fun.
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On the House Front in December

Matt finished the step to the barn on the first floor. I think it looks brilliant and I am looking forward to doing the stone wall like the one in the kitchen. We are making use of the spare beams we now have.

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We cleared more of the back as the weather was so warm. It is such a massive task…..little by little.
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Matt installed a water softener.
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On the house front

You might be wondering if we’ve finished renovating our house since most of my posts are about everything but works on the house. Fear not (lol) there should be a lot more work on the house related posts in the new year. (Should!!!) However at the moment we’re just appreciating what we’ve got, especially after spending 8 month in the mobile home and living a fairly chilled life….Vosgien Style. ūüėČ
Still Matt added a few little improvements to the house. He affixed new planks above the garage. Well we have tonnes of them.
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He started building the heating system. This involved a lot of drilling through the walls.
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He added the plaster boards, the fan and the towel heater in the bathroom so even if it’s not finished, it is at least a lot more comfortable. It now needs painting and tiling….
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He also¬†went¬†to Alsace to get a SMEG Fridge and he had to carry¬†a¬†dresser down by himself from the 4th floor of apartment block ….just for me. ūüėČ Thanks Matt!
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