Monday, November 15, 2010

Little by Little

I cannot believe it has been a month since I last posted! I have been keeping myself busy so I thought I would post a few pictures ...... I painted the living room before all our "stuff" arrived on 2nd November. It is a warm cream colour and just having all the walls the same colour made a big difference. Here is the before..
And after...

It is a lot nicer snuggling down here after a hard day! I have to say the black and white checkerboard tiles are getting me down though, just too busy so we are going to change them for a uniform terracotta tile. So as usual two steps forward, one back!

My next job is to do the bedroom, which needs the un-plastered chimney wall taken back to the stone for rendering and pointing. A very messy job. So I have today packed up the bedroom ready to start that, then the beams and A-frame need brushing down with a wire brush, treating against infestation and then oiling with linseed oil, before I start the marathon job of painting all the walls and varnishing/waxing the floorboards. Somehow I don't think we are going to be sleeping up there for a while but there is still a bit of a deadline as our builder is due back around Christmas to install the ensuite bathroom fittings and fixtures.

This is the bedroom before .....

Let's see how long it is before I can post the after photos.

As I mentioned all our stuff arrived safely, goodness me, two weeks ago tomorrow. We had shipped our car as well as some furniture and belongings and getting the car OFF the container was causing a bit of a headache. It had been driven on off a loading bay in Canada but no such thing exists within 20 km of our village so we had to improvise...

As always our great friends came to the rescue and we managed to borrow a low loader from the local builders' merchants and some 3 metre long ramps, those together with some planks and lots of ingenuity, the car made it safely onto French soil.

Now just the registration to get.....remember - this is a vehicle which has come from Canada and was constructed in Mexico!! Fellow importers will understand my trepidation. :)


dND said...

Somehow time passes really fast here in France - I think it' because we all end up so busy!

Good luck with the car import. In my experience it will just depend on who you get at the registration department. In my case it only took 2 goes because I forgot to take my electricity bill with me. I did have a certificate of conformity in French to start with though and it was a Renault too even though it had been bought in Belgium, shipped first to Spain and then the UK where I purchased it.

If you hit a problem don't expect to be told what you need to do - They're not being deliberately obstructive, it's just not the French way to volunteer the information; you will need to ask the right questions. That said, I've found officials here willing to help every time I've asked.

Good luck, Dx

Nora said...

It's nice to see your living room in such good shape. On to the bedroom! I'm sure with your dedication it will turn out lovely. Good luck with registering the car.

aims said...

Oh boy! That registration should be fun! From what Deborah says...eeek!

Love the place SITH!! I think it is gorgeous! The painted walls make it look like a million bucks! Know that saying?

You are doing an incredible job! What perseverance on your part. How are the aches and pains?

Maggie May said...

You can definitely see the difference. You are really getting there.
Word ver is STEDI so I guess you ought to go steady!
Maggie X

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