Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
We’re slowly trying to get accustomed to this completely different sort of weather. The temperature changes from day to night are drastic. Sometimes up to a 20 degree difference. Although that wasn’t the case for the past few days when it’s been hot during the day and only slightly cooler in the evenings. We also (often) get a whole weather cycle in a single day, as if four seasons have gone by. Cold and wet and dark, then mild, then suddenly sunny and hot. We’re at the heart of the Montagne Noire, where Mediterranean weather meets Atlantic/Oceanic weather, so that must have something to do with it. It’s unusual, but it does keep one from getting bored. I was finding the prolonged excruciating heat of Andalucia somewhat oppressive.
The mirror I got for the study was delivered this morning. Louis XV, rocaille, walnut frame, late 19th century. A perfect match in colour and style for the mantlepiece- but it’s incredibly difficult to find things of the massive proportions that are needed for rooms with this ceiling height. That mirror looked huge at the shop. It’s 150cm tall (just under 60 inches), which is big by any standards for a mirror- but we put it on the wall, and it doesn’t look big at all anymore. And there’s still a mirror for the dining room to think about. That will have to be between 180 cm and 210 cm tall.
We’re also having a coffee table made for the study. Wrought iron and glass, stunning and simple. And big, 130cm square- which is why we’re having it made, I just didn’t find anything retail of that sort of size.
And next week will be very interesting. The kitchen will be finished, and so will the new terrace! And off I go, there are roses to prune.