Since arriving in our family's home in the Auvergne section of France two weeks ago, my husband and I have hardly had the time to take day trips, nor do our shopping at the markets. The truth is, we have been busy working on the house and have several projects going at once before our first guests arrive and before vacation can really start. Any trips away from the house have consisted of visits to Gedimat, Mr. Bricolage or Big Mat, the French equivalents to Home Depot and Lowe's.
Here are photos of some of the things we are doing.
Tending to the garden, weeding and pruning.
Planting flowers in all the planters
Replacing the weed barrier under the pebbles along one side of the house
Sanding the wood floor in two rooms of the house. The pine flooring had never been finished in the 50 years since it had been installed and it looked sad and scratched.
After sanding, came the finishing with an oil product that tints and hardens and allows the wood to breathe.
And voilà the result.
The result is beautiful.
Our neighbors think 'les américains sont fous,' working all the time.
But the projects above were actually just the small ones. Currently, there are seven workmen busy on two major projects on the house. One of them involves three 15 meter pieces of wood, pictured behind our house below. More on those in the next post.