Renovation project - Huelgoat Forest, Brittany, France
I have lost track of the amount of times I have said this is the last big job on the house but I really do think today is the last!
John is going to plaster the bedroom wall in the front bedroom, once this is complete we only have to finish the floor, furnish the rooms, decorate, complete all of the little snagging jobs and we’re done (I don’t feel quite so confident know that I have actually seen it in writing, but we have 4 weeks left, loads of time!!!!!!!!)
As john plasters the wall I continue to work on the bathroom floor and the landing, every floor has to be scrubbed with wire wool, then sanded, given 3 coats of stain and 2 coats of varnish. This is a long and tiresome job but the floors do look amazing once they are completed. (Obviously this was not all completed in one day)
We also have some friends coming for dinner tonight, these will be our first official guests as they will be staying in a room that is almost completed (it was meant to be fully completed as Gerda was planning to take some photographs ready for the website)
Gerda is an excellent photographer and we met her and her husband Andy through the blog, and are really pleased that she is willing to take our photographs; you can have a look at Gerda’s work here Gerda Bolton Photography.
We are not ready for the photographs but we are ready to have some fun. I make a meal that tastes great and does not poison anybody (we double checked the day after as well, my cooking is definitely improving!)
The table is set with all of our new crockery and cutlery, we no longer have to borrow cutlery as we collected ours on our last visit to the UK.
The house looks like a home with the table set; unfortunately I forgot to take any photographs.
We have a great night and the following day we walk around the forest, I take the lead and am doing so well until we get to a crossroads, I have no idea which way to go and my tour guide duties stop here, we vote on which way to go. The walk takes a few hours and it truly is beautiful, this is also the first time that John has actually walked any distance in the forest.
It’s hard to believe we have been here 18 months and we have not fully explored, but if you are going to do a project like this, you will not have time, we have worked solidly to get the house finished, this is one of the things we are looking forward to most, being able to enjoy the area we live in.