Fool for France

Neready-8

It's difficult for me to take and post photos of the house looking bad because I like it so well. I gravitate towards images that make it look more or less how I want it to look at the end. But here you can see how big the weeds have gotten; yes, Jacques is standing in that photo. You can also see how degraded the exterior surface of the house is. In time the contractor will power-wash the walls and put something called rendering, a sort of hard plaster finish, over the gray area.
It’s difficult for me to take and post photos of the house looking bad because I like it so well. I gravitate towards images that make it look more or less how I want it to look at the end. But here you can see how big the weeds have gotten; yes, Jacques is standing in that photo. You can also see how degraded the exterior surface of the house is. In time the contractor will power-wash the walls and put something called rendering, a sort of hard plaster finish, over the gray area. The upper photo shows rising damp in the entry hall. The house was protected from rising damp until the heat was turned off when the house was listed for sale, two or three years ago. Once the heated floors are installed, the foundation will dry out and this will no longer be an issue.

4 Replies to “More Before Stuff”

    1. Absolutely! I have about an acre that looks just like that!

      Seriously, Brent, I have been reading that hair sheep are the way to go, maybe three, so they don’t get lonely. Good temperament, no shearing, easy care. My kind of lawnmower. They are fairly well known in the States but I haven’t found any here in France. If you come across some, let me know.

      Like

      1. Seems a fine idea. Some neighbors have a few to clean their yard. I don’t know what the French word for hair sheep is. Maybe there are some in leboncoin.

        Like

  1. Sheep or hair sheep? Wooly sheep are everywhere. Hair sheep — moutons de chevaux? Brebis de chevaux? — are so far not to be found. Well, unless I want to go to Canada. All the ads in French pointed me to some far-off corner of Quebec. I’ll keep looking. No rush. That grass will be out there for a long time to come.

    Like

Comments are closed.

Blog-sur-Aude

Adventures in renovation & restoration of an old French village house

La Nostalgie

Des textiles vintage et des trésors intemporels de la vie à la campagne

Prosecco Trail

Welcome to a space about sparkling wine, winemakers and lost empires along the trails of the Alps and Adriatic Sea.

My Plant Babies

"Botany is the art of insulting flowers in Greek and Latin." -Alphonse Karr

Piper Dog

This site is the dog’s pajamas because that's what this tagline says.

the quiet photographer

un fotografo tranquillo, semplicemente

London Wlogger

Walking blogger exploring London's hidden gems, parks, rivers, bridges, landmarks and history!

Taste of France

The beautiful life in the other South of France

Frelon Cottage

Our French House Renovation

Our French Oasis

FAMILY LIFE IN A FRENCH COUNTRY VILLAGE

Maison Travers

Living & Cooking in the Dordogne

Half Baked In Paradise

Searching, settling, sauteeing and spritzing

The Venomous Bead

Adapting to difference, staying the same person...either side of the Channel and now the Atlantic

Colin Bisset

writer, traveller, broadcaster

Poshbird with Passion

restoring and saving 'stuff'

Fork and Pixel

Adventures in food and photography

catterel

A Cat's Eye View

Multifarious meanderings

The odds and sods of everyday life.

Brat Like Me

Curtis Family Farming Grass-fed Beef in Southwest France

David Lebovitz

Or fool in France? Depends on the day...

grasspunk

Grass-fed, Pastured Meat in Southwest France

Food, Photography & France

Journal of a food photographer living in France

%d bloggers like this: