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Early February in Mazamet. A little bit of wonderful.

First things first, I’ve been doing the interiors of the cabinets in the scullery. They were plain and boring – completely unrefined. So I thought I’d add a bit of … Continue reading

February 1, 2019 · 32 Comments

Happy Holidays!

As usual, we couldn’t get the dogs all together and still for a Christmas card picture – so this year there are two. The boys were particularly disruptive, which meant … Continue reading

December 21, 2018 · 47 Comments

Mazamet: Being Gazumped & Hot August Real Estate

Okay, so we weren’t actually gazumped – I just like using that word. An apartment came up for sale in the building across the street (Residence du Haut Languedoc) and … Continue reading

August 2, 2018 · 77 Comments

Mazamet: Creating a new life in the South of France – Interview with Gareth Johnson for MainlyMale/GTV London

Journalist Gareth Johnson of GTV London and MainlyMale asked me a few questions about our move to Mazamet. The original source has been archived, so I’ve included a copy of … Continue reading

July 14, 2018 · 43 Comments

Amazing deal: Maison Bourgeoise in Mazamet for 85 000€

Source: Vente maison / villa 12 pièce(s) à Secteur de Mazamet : 245 m² avec 7 chambres à 85 000 euros – Lopez immobilier Apparently this is in a fantastic location … Continue reading

April 17, 2018 · 17 Comments

Mazamet: The property market this week

This just came on the market this week. I recognise it as I’ve gone by many, many times. This house faces the park on Avenue Albert Rouvière, almost directly across … Continue reading

February 18, 2018 · 37 Comments

Les belles demeures des anciens patrons mazamétains – 11/02/2018 – ladepeche.fr

“…Face au château, trois belles et grandes demeures. «Elles ont toutes appartenu à la même famille Vidal, propriétaire d’une des grandes fabriques de délainage. C’est d’abord le père qui a … Continue reading

February 16, 2018 · 15 Comments

Life at no. 42, month 16. The good and the not quite

  So it’s been sixteen months. I’ve more or less lost my sense of time. Some days I feel like I’ve been here forever, others I wake up and still … Continue reading

July 4, 2016 · 21 Comments

April at number 42

…I’ve been up a ladder cleaning the facade. Up a very tall ladder-and it was incredibly frightening. Between not falling off and holding the power-washer gun (big and heavy) with … Continue reading

April 4, 2016 · 42 Comments

Doodling Floor Plans

Okay- I’ve been doodling and doodling to see what I could actually come up with for the currently unused atelier area. If you don’t recall, it looks like this: The … Continue reading

March 1, 2016 · 10 Comments

Work on apartment #3; Two bed, two bath

Work has begun. This is one of the apartments I prefer, which means it’s more fun. It’s got an interesting L shaped layout with a bedroom at each extremity (each with … Continue reading

February 12, 2016 · 15 Comments

A finished one bedroom apartment

The kid moves in tomorrow at noon, so as you can imagine we’ve been running around to get everything done in time. It looks quite decent. Still need to set … Continue reading

February 6, 2016 · 35 Comments

They just scream number 42!!!

Just got a pair of amazing candle sconces. HUGE! 85cm x 75cm (that’s 33 by 29 inches.) They’re going to be absolutely perfect for number 42. I’ve been having a … Continue reading

January 17, 2016 · 9 Comments

Lunch at the Grand Balcon

Sunday we went to lunch at the Grand Balcon. It’s been open for over 100 years. The back of the wine list is an amusing page of little notes and … Continue reading

December 29, 2015 · 19 Comments

The best Christmas gift EVER.

So I finally did it, I took my courage in both hands and emailed the pictures of the work on the house to the family who built it… who had … Continue reading

December 27, 2015 · 20 Comments

Work at the 1 bedroom

A ton going on this week. The double glazing is in place in the 1 bedroom flat. Big, lots of light. Showing off the bedroom window is Ted Thatcher, our friend … Continue reading

December 9, 2015 · 10 Comments

What makes a home?

  Work on the flats is well on its way. We’ve started with floor plan changes. That meant knocking down a couple of walls because the room distribution in two … Continue reading

November 15, 2015 · 27 Comments

Work and then more work. Months of work ahead.

I did ask for it. Now I’ve got a total of six serious reforms on my hands. Six kitchens to be redone, six bathrooms- goodness knows how many square metres of … Continue reading

September 18, 2015 · 26 Comments

The Works. August in Mazamet

The bathroom in the master bedroom is finally nearing completion! I wasn’t sure about a new bathroom in a century old house, but I’ve been converted. Everything Mike chose is … Continue reading

August 16, 2015 · 30 Comments

Upstairs/downstairs; Examining staff quarters

For comparison’s sake I have to start with the grand staircase. That’s because I think it’s the most shocking example of inequality/aristocratic thinking. As incredible as it may seem to … Continue reading

July 2, 2015 · 23 Comments

An Almost Kitchen

We’re nearly there. Three of the curved bits are delayed: The tall curved door and two pieces of the curved skirting. The Zimbabwean brushed granite is installed. It has a lovely … Continue reading

June 15, 2015 · 12 Comments

Roof-work, kitchens and sculleries

Now there’s a good picture for proportion! Doesn’t he look tiny? He’s replaced eight broken roof tiles and repaired cracks on the chimneys. Fortunately the roof is in quite good condition. … Continue reading

May 21, 2015 · 11 Comments

Pattern, Colour and Progress

Working with such an intense pattern is not easy. It takes tremendous skill. To be honest I think it’s only brilliantly done in England and in India. Henrietta Spencer Churchill comes to … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · 14 Comments

And now back to work

The fabric for the formal (grey) salon arrived, I’m thrilled. I’ve been looking at fabric samples for months. I wanted something special and different because the house deserves it; that … Continue reading

April 28, 2015 · 10 Comments

In which deeds are signed

At last! Transaction complete, the house was paid for in full Thursday. No more mortgages, hurrah! Thursday was Mike’s birthday, so it was a great day for it to happen. Married on March 2nd, his birthday … Continue reading

March 7, 2015 · 9 Comments

Just another mini-update. Of furniture and new homes.

Home alone, as Mike is off to Burgundy to see a double dresser on stretcher legs in Burgundy. Nearly identical to the one above except instead of three drawers it has … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · 18 Comments
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