Renovation project - French exterior paint
We have a non eventful sailing back to France which is the best thing you can ever say about a journey over the water.
It feels so good to be back, but I am on the phone a number of times just to check all is OK, I think the family may be glad when I stop clucking over them so much.
But back to Brittany, the sun is shining and the weather is glorious and likely to stay this way for some days, so it is a case of sorting our work schedule around the weather and first things first is the painting of the house.
John starts on the bedroom terrace, we have our white paint, but as it goes on, it really doesn’t look very white, maybe it will dry whiter.
It doesn’t, it stays the same colour. We have not used this make before, it does cover well though and is a rough finish, as parts of the walls are smooth and rough, John manages to get them all the same, before painting over again in a definite white paint.
The paint is called crepie (do not buy this for a smooth finish!)
The gutters are painted in a dark grey metal paint that we bought and the whole area looks really good once it is finished.
The thing we have realised is that the terrace is a real sun trap, we first found this out when John was painting it and ended up with sunstroke, I know sunstroke in Brittany, it really was that sunny. He also had no hat; we had searched for his caps and could not find any.
I popped to the local market to buy a new one, but all they had were multicoloured with writing on, so I had to ask in my best French, if they had any suitable for old men (john was not impressed with this) the best the stall had was a blue NY cap. But it was better than nothing.
Once it was finished I put my table and chair there to write, it was bliss, for about 5 minutes, the sun and walls were so bright I ended up chasing the shade. What I really needed was a big hammock and just to spend a few hours sunbathing.