My Mazamet

Life at № 42

Isolation has increased productivity.

I finally got around to restoring the George I st chest that we found in Castres. If you recall, it was in a dubious state (see below) – which meant it ended up in the attic.

300 years of accumulated wood stains and varnish, and even wax on top of it all

I bought it because they wanted very little for it and I knew that once done up it was very much in the family of the good stuff. I mean the very, very good stuff. Like this:

So here it is after some serious refinishing and help from Alan at Devon Metal Crafts who was wonderfully patient with me as I changed my mind three times on what would work as the most fitting replacement fittings for the four mismatched brasses (top centre handle and 3 escutcheons.)

 

We’ve also finally got around to the dining room floors. After the carpet was lifted it took forever to scrape away the glue by hand. Anyway, this year was our 5th Mazaverssary and the floors are nearly ready to be waxed at last.

 

Speaking of Mazamet, our mayor has just launched a campaign called “Déconfinez vous pour toujours à Mazamet”, meaning Deconfine Yourself Permanently in Mazamet.

 

After seeing that this came up which has some beautiful images of the area.

 

The town is promoting the fact that we have pretty amazing quality of life. Gorgeous nature and real estate is exceptionally good value. For the price of a 2 bedroom apartment in a town like Toulouse, you can get a cute little townhouse with a pool like this one for 160,000€.

In other news all is well. We remain confined until further notice. Maya continues to be her difficult self, but there are little improvements here and there. Any little surprise still causes her distress but overall she seems to be happy. She took the loss of Rudy much harder than we expected. The week he was gone she reverted to her permanent run/hide response, but we’re finally moving past that again now.

 

44 comments on “Isolation has increased productivity.

  1. inspiredbythedivine1
    June 12, 2020

    Maya is a dashingly handsome gal! And Mazamet seems to be a most lovely, beautiful place.

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  2. acflory
    June 12, 2020

    I watched the video and kept wishing they’d stop filming people talking and show the place! The one aerial view of the town really surprised me. For some reason I expected it to be much smaller, more like a quaint village that a proper town. The hills are truly magnifique! Oh, and that chest of drawers is superb as well. Bravo. 🙂

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    • The Pink Agendist
      June 12, 2020

      Here’s an amusing site that gives you a 360 degree look at the town: https://www.tourisme-tarn.com/le-tarn-en-360/mazamet Just press your arrows side to side or up and down and you see everything! Including number 42 🙂

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      • acflory
        June 12, 2020

        A bit vertiginous but a fantastic view. I had a look at the lake first – beautiful – then I had a look at Mazamet and…I think I found your house. There are two with your slate grey roof near a large church. I think yours is the second one to the left. Yes? No?

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      • The Pink Agendist
        June 13, 2020

        You can see the house, but our roof is terracotta. Once you find the Protestant Temple, we’re on the same street:

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      • acflory
        June 13, 2020

        Terracotta? I was convinced it was slate. Isn’t that odd? Well, I was in roughly the right area. I have to say, Pinky, you and Mike could not have chosen better if you’d had a crystal ball to see into the future. I just hope Mazamet doesn’t lose its current charm. Really is a lovely place in a superb setting.

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      • The Pink Agendist
        June 13, 2020

        The house next door is slate and appears in many of my garden pictures, which probably explains the confusion.

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      • acflory
        June 14, 2020

        You’re right, I probably smooshed the two together without being aware of it. In fact, I don’t remember ever seeing the roof of your house. Not surprising given that nothing overlooks it.
        I don’t suppose you know of a 360 degree video of the Perigueux area do you? It remains a golden, almost mythical place in my memory.

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      • The Pink Agendist
        June 14, 2020

        There’s a great site that does aerial images of many cities in France, Perigueux is one of them: http://www.leuropevueduciel.com/photos-aeriennes/france/aquitaine/dordogne/perigueux/
        And yes, the only people who can see our roof are the people in the only 3 floor house on the Boulevard. They sent us this picture:

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      • acflory
        June 14, 2020

        Fabulous picture! And I’m just about to check out that link. Many thanks!

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  3. Steve Ruis
    June 12, 2020

    Ah, refinishing hardwood floors. I bought my first house in the mid-1970’s and refinished all of its hardwood floors (working nights and weekends). My knees and back still hurt. If I had to do it again, the tool I would choose to use is a credit card.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      June 12, 2020

      The estimates we got were all very high because no one wanted to do the hand scraping part of it, which can’t be avoided because the glue clogs the machines – so by hand it was 🙂 And by the time that part was done, the rest wasn’t too bad.

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  4. Kris
    June 12, 2020

    The dining room is going to be absolutely stunning! Thanks for picking out available real estate with a pool…a requirement for our retirement spot. 😊

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    • The Pink Agendist
      June 12, 2020

      That’s the perfect retirement house, I think. Decent size, good pool, you can walk into town and there are enough bedrooms so two can be combined into a big suite with walk-in closet 😀

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  5. john zande
    June 12, 2020

    I do adore the look of that girl.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      June 12, 2020

      She’s fascinating. She’s forced me to look at the world in a whole new way as I try to understand what’s going through her mind.

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  6. Dwight Doskey
    June 12, 2020

    The chest and the floors both look wonderful. Though I’ve refinished parquet floors on my hands and knees, I do wonder if at 65 I’m to the credit card tool instead. On the other hand, at 65 I’m now looking more and more seriously at both Mazamet and St Pons, and am preparing for my third or fourth trip there.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      June 12, 2020

      Thank you! Mike was 65 when we moved here and he’s still going full steam ahead. If you decide to go to St. Pons, or anywhere closer to the coast, it’s good to check if it’s in a flood zone. That’s a huge problem in the Herault and in much of the south.

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  7. Helen Devries
    June 12, 2020

    What a lovely girl she is…and very glad to hear that the reversion to run and hide did not last too long. Dogs get very attached to each other, after all, so the loss must have hit her sense of security – such as it was – very hard.
    Between the chest and the floor, ‘woodwork’ takes on a whole different meaning.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      June 12, 2020

      I think she thought of Rudy as the only other dog in the house. Morgan is more of a human trapped in a dog’s body. So with him gone there was no one to do “dog things” with her.

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  8. Bizzy
    June 12, 2020

    I have no clue how my guys got up the linoleum glue that was gunking up my wood floors. If they hadn’t taken one look and said,”We can do it,” I might not have bought my house. Peeling linoleum? There are limits… That said, I too feel that for those of us who can afford to stay home, it’s been great to have to do so. I not only have gotten a lot done — nothing bloggable, sadly — but I have gotten out of the habit of leaving the house for any little reason. I focus better and longer. It’s as if I had ADD all this time and didn’t know it.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      June 12, 2020

      I think you hit on something very interesting which is society is conditioned into ADD responses. We’re pushed into that because it’s what best suits the market. Have you seen an I Love Lucy episode recently? We’ve started re-watching it from the very beginning, and My God, what a different world.

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  9. Diana MacPherson
    June 12, 2020

    Nice refinishing on everything. Can I come move in with you two? I don’t make much noise and I think my jokes are hilarious. I can contribute fish tanks. 😆

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    • The Pink Agendist
      June 12, 2020

      I intend on forming a sort of commune of childless atheists with similar interests later in life, so I’ll put you on the list 😀

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  10. maryplumbago
    June 12, 2020

    Maya is so regal and pretty. I’m sure she is well worth all the trials and tribulations.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      June 12, 2020

      She really is! And it’s challenged my thinking in ways I’d never imagined, but that have been excellent for me. Even in how I see myself, because in a way I’m as strange as she is.

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  11. makagutu
    June 13, 2020

    Changing your mind 3* doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of being hard to work with

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    • The Pink Agendist
      June 14, 2020

      I’m not so sure! Imagine processing an order, then cancelling the order, then the same person comes back and wants something else – and asks question after question after question 😀 Then orders again. Then cancels again. And then orders again.

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      • makagutu
        June 14, 2020

        I am used to that with clients for residential houses. They change so many times you want to tell them to go away

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  12. Arkenaten
    June 14, 2020

    Mais, où se trouve le soleil?Dans tout les images le temps et froid!

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    • The Pink Agendist
      June 14, 2020

      True! Strange, isn’t it? As you probably remember from your time in these parts, Spring to Fall is pretty fabulous, except for a week or two of extreme heat in the summer. What I’ve come to like most is the balance of different types of weather. You never get long spells of just one thing as we did in Andalusia.

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      • Arkenaten
        June 14, 2020

        Yes, the couple of summers spent in France the weather was glorious – allowing for a few fuzzy bits as one tends to get mugged down memory lane.These days, however, I am not one for the cold, and right now we are experiencing one of the coldest Junes’ I can remember.
        So, all said and done, I will take T-shirts and shorts over three layers of jerseys any day of the week!
        Roll on summer!

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      • The Pink Agendist
        June 14, 2020

        This year we had the mildest winter we’ve ever had here. So mild that the night jasmine didn’t loose its leaves! How cold does it get in SA?

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      • Arkenaten
        June 15, 2020

        Coldest recorded in Johannesburg -8c. (1979) On the 12th this month it dropped to -4.
        Currently it’s 14c Clear skies.

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  13. Bela Johnson
    June 18, 2020

    Dogs do grieve. Get her another canine playmate? 😊

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    • The Pink Agendist
      June 18, 2020

      We thought of getting a third, but managing her takes such a massive amount of time and effort, we’re not ready to add another variable to the equation. At least not yet. We’re still mostly in confinement, which does complicate things 🙂

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  14. Nice blog

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