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Week of February 7, 2021

On February 8, 2021 - Doors became an obsession last year. We needed to secure the garages/caves under the gîtes. All of Ben’s plans revolve around having a workshop; his dream workshop, but that couldn’t start until we knew he could secure it and leave his tools there. I was as passionate about the front door. While we live between these two worlds, London and Bussiere Dunoise, we needed to feel as though our things would be safe and also allow for secure access to everyone who has been helping us carry on with progress. We made a huge step forward. I did research as to style of doors, trying to capture French country and matching it with the existing doors. The stable doors were easier because we just tried to replicate what was there. The front door to the gîte was not original and we had to design it from scratch. We have a brilliant carpenter who takes our thoughts and turns them into reality. Here are a few of the doors from around the property, before and after.

On February 10, 2021 - When taking on such a massive project like this, it can be easy to get swamped by the sheer amount of things there is to do. While this is our focus, we're also aware of the importance of looking back at our achievements and the tasks already under way and taking a moment to be proud of them. That's exactly what we wanted to do - here are 4 renovations we've already started and 4 future projects we're planning - swipe through to read about them.

On February 13, 2021 - I look on with just a tiny bit of envy when I see people who are renovating finding reams of wallpaper and fantastic bits of old furniture and pieces of the history of their projects in their attics and sheds and outbuildings. We have very little of that.

The chateau has been stripped of almost all of its history. This is why I treasure these sledges. I don’t know why or when they were used, but it makes me smile to think of the laughter and fun these would have brought.

Til next week!

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