Self sufficency, wild gardening, and finding happiness in France. Follow my adventures with a menagerie of feathered friends, designing fabrics at Thistle Cottage, renovating farm buildings and using chalk paint!
The lime stucco was sprayed on. It’s a quick coating instead of a full pointing. I don’t like it very much, but it’s unrealistic to remove it. It’s hardened to a cheese grater finish and I have the injury to confirm. I fell off the ladder and my elbow saved my head…but the skin came off and it’s got a bit infected. It also means I can’t use a roller, the surface is so rough and the paint is no good thinned. I tried that but it didn’t really save time. A little every day in the morning before the midday sun comes up and I am almost done on one side. The shutters are almost complete and yesterday the old brocante handle we found, was fitted.
The main farmhouse has the same stucco. God knows I will need a lifetime to paint that if I can’t get a paint spray to work. Luckily the previous own had a few design ideas up his sleeve and added a few decorative areas of brick and stone to break up the monotony of the stucco. He completed one half and we are going to do the same with the other – uncovering some areas of stone and using old bricks for new window openings. The little studio also has brick details and at some point we will connect the two buildings with a walkway.
I have to complete the windows next. The large front ones need a complete refurb and the top window a new sill. The outside will then be complete and I can start inside. The roof needs insulating and the stairs new treads. The floor is tiled already and there is a very sweet little old-fashioned fire inside that hopefully will work. I found two large oak desks for downstairs and rugs bought already. The rest is simply painting and sewing.
Having a dedicated writing space is a dream for me. Having spent over thirty years sharing desks, offices and corners of kitchen tables I will feel very spoilt. I want this to be a haven. I just get the feeling though that as two dogs, six cats and one very naughty chicken called Pickle will be dropping by, it might not be so quiet after all.