Roller blind fun

Roller blind fun

Last time I was over at the Gite I replaced the pull cord mechanism on the roller blind for the French windows that lead to the patio. We have roller blinds on all the windows of our Gite and they’re not little lightweight blinds, they’re almost more of a security shutter, they’re heavy plastic with lead weights in the bottom so if you let them drop quickly they come down with a bang. Since the pull cord was fraying I replaced the whole mechanism with a new one which is…

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First sight of the newly decorated Gite

First sight of the newly decorated Gite

Back in May I wrote about the green flocked wallpaper in our Gite being removed and the lounge, stairs and upstairs hallways all being redecorated.  The work was all finished that month, but despite having had perhaps 10 sets of guests staying since then, we hadn’t seen the results ourselves.  So when I arrived at the Gite I was excited to see the results of the decorators labours, and not disappointed, it all look really great and a big improvement.  Very clean and fresh.  Read full story

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Lots to pack in the car can only mean one thing

Lots to pack in the car can only mean one thing

There’s a large pile of things next to the car, so yes, I’m off to our Gite again for a mixture of break and renovations.  Since I last went I’ve been busy buying : New pillows for all beds Pillow protectors and bed protectors for all beds New toilet seat to replace the cheap one supplied with the toilet  Lampshade  Pull cords for the window blinds Repaired velex blind  Repaired ladder and swing for the climbing frame  Chlorine and flocculant for the pool New pool pipework  Fire blankets Cushion covers …

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Goodbye green flocked wallpaper

Goodbye green flocked wallpaper

Time to say goodbye to the green flocked wallpaper in our Gite. Decorating tastes of course vary around the world (witness the enthusiasm for Scandinavian minimalistic for example), but to my knowledge there hasn’t ever been a fashion craze for French decorating.  When we were house hunting to buy our Gite in September 2003 we saw a number of “interesting” wallpaper styles in the properties we viewed, and fortunately the Gite we eventually did buy was relatively “normal”. Except for the little girl’s bedroom in pink and purple that is,…

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Stepping up without sliding down

Stepping up without sliding down

I had to look it up, but it was back in August 2010 that we had a new set of railway sleeper steps built from the pool up to the garden and climbing frame. For some reason I never took any photos of the construction of the steps, so at the bottom of this posting I’ll correct that and share what I do have. But the topic in hand was improving those steps.  The steps were made of used railway sleepers so they were as tough as anything and certainly…

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Tiling the downstairs bathroom (part two)

Tiling the downstairs bathroom (part two)

Following on from fitting the new shower cubicle, the next job in the downstairs bathroom was to tile the other walls to match those of the shower cubicle. Here’s how it looked at the start, on the opposite wall is the toilet, vanity unit and washing machine, with tiling part way up the wall beside the toilet and behind the basin.   First job was to cut the silicon sealant off from around the sink, disconnect the taps, and carefully remove the sink.  If I had of dropped it then…

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