Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Before and After pics of our house in France

Before and After pics of the renovation

Looking out of the window at the garden this morning,  I can almost forgive the weather being so dismal! 

It is 8 deg and raining and despite the fact that the windows are closed,  I can still hear the village bell chiming every quarter.  Life here in Boussac is very slow and quiet,  where one hears the footsteps of passers-by echoing for a while.    The blackbirds are bravely heralding the season, their beautiful songs adding music to the silence.  This poor weather and silence  isn't for everyone, I admit!  This house is very cosy, warm and comforting which offers it's own magic!  I think that Poule au Pot or a warming soup should be on tap for today and tomorrow.  

We will need to  take a drive into Montlucon - a nearby town, and visit Grand Frais where fresh produce is plentiful!

Papayas... such a treat to find them here!

I wrote a post a little while ago on La Creuzette a beautiful 18thC chateau situated in Boussac, France and it was after attending an art course here that I fell in love with this quiet part of the world.  As a consequence we acquired a small house here on the edge of the village.  A renovation was inevitable!  Below a couple of "before and after" photos!

Before the renovation
and after - painting the shutters a mid-brown which seems to go well with the pinkish stone


After - all the lawn removed and replaced with a parterre garden which is no maintenance as opposed to low maintenance - the buxus only needing clipping once a year.

and after - we tend to eat all meals beneath this lovely Tulip tree during the summer months..

Taken from the Long room

The study - looking through from the small hallway

This hoisting machine doing the obvious!

The Long room before
Almost done
I couldn't watch!
The long room after

The tiny kitchen!

One of the bathrooms

Mustique the stray cat who always seems to know when we return...

One of the pretty houses in Boussac

The 15thC village church

Chateau de Boussac - fascinating to visit

Evening light - view from my bedroom

The Tour De France rushed through village two years ago which caused huge excitement and celebration.

A common sight in May

and the sun came out for a little while this afternoon!

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