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Mowgli

Well I have been very poor at keeping my new years resolution of writing this blog more often! Just too busy. So lots to report.

Firstly we made a start on the showers and finally got the waterproof paint, which we have duly painted. They both need a bit of a tweaking but are useable even without the tiles. Our lovely friend Garth came up trumps with an awkward shower curtain rail for the main bathroom so we have hung the curtains and it is now awaiting pebbles on the floor and tiles on the walls, all of which are here and ready for us, just a question of time and know-how.

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In late January we were joined by a lovely guy called Sunil, you gotta love a man when you introduce him to your son Louis and cats Bagheera and Shere Khan he says he always felt he should have been Mowgli!! Sunil has been on the road for a long time, 10 years! He has made his own yurt from scratch and has some good carpentry skills which we put to use. Whilst he was with us he mainly helped Chris on his various work projects, however we did manage to get a major task accomplished with him, our living room floor. We had been given some money by my family for Christmas to go towards the floor and as luck would have it we managed to get some lovely wide boards at a great price in the January sales. They needed quite a bit of work, grooves and chamfording, but worth it to get a wide board. Before we could lay the floor we had to lay the joists which was a major pain as we were dealing with four different floor levels, it took an entire day, a long day at that, for the three of us to put in the joists. Unfortunately the next day we couldn’t lay the boards as work called so we were without our living room for the weekend. Then on the Monday Sunil and I filled in between the joists with sand as a sound proofer, and did our best to keep Louis and the cats out!! Then on Tuesday Chris had a disaster in the workshop with one of his key machines breaking down, which meant he couldn’t complete his job but we could lay the floor!! So on Sunil’s last day with us we put down the boards. Wow that was a hard day, it is a large space at 47m². My knees were very sore and bruised at the end of the day, as were my hammered fingers! Louis was delighted, as were we, he danced and swirled around the room laughing in glee! The following day Sunil left us and we set to completing the floor it needed a sand, which was back breaking work. Then two coats of the hardwax oil treatment which coloured it and protects it. It then took a further day to put the room back to rights. The office is now in the mezzanine as planned and we bought some really nice sofas off of the Boncoin for an absolute steal. 

The floor BEFORE….

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Sunil before his knees were bruised!!

 

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Louis and Sunil back from a walk

 

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Joists laid and filed with sand

 

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Laying the floor

 

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The finished floor

 

 

 

 

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Our new living room

 

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Now all that is left is to put in the hearth and make the skirting boards…

4 Comments

  • Elyse Goulet
    Posted February 23, 2014 4:42 pm 0Likes

    The living room looks absolutely beautiful!! You guys sure are transforming the place! It must feel great! Louis is so cute and so big!!!!
    All the best 🙂

    • lamaisondurire
      Posted February 23, 2014 5:43 pm 0Likes

      Heh Elyse how are you, how is your business going? Yes the place looks so different from when you were here, and Louis is walking and talking – some of which we even understand!! bises

  • Elyse
    Posted June 11, 2014 2:10 am 0Likes

    Chris and I are doing great! Business is booming, I’m hoping to start selling my products soon and Chris will be going back to school shortly to get his carpentry red seal ticket. Busy but good and gearing up to enjoy the summer. I bought Chris the starter pack of Le Nez du Vin for Christmas and we’ve been going to tastings, seminars and events in our area and always think of you. We have to say thank you for introducing us to just how much there is to learn and love about wine! (If only it weren’t so expensive here in Canada!)
    I love checking out all the new pictures of all the progress you guys make. I hope all of you are doing amazing! Does Louis talk in both French and English?

    Warm regards

    • lamaisondurire
      Posted June 11, 2014 6:28 am 0Likes

      That is great news, well done to you both. I love that you make your own products. Delighted that I have helped kick start a passion for wine, and yes way to expensive in Canada! We were thinking of you guys, wishing Chris was here in fact as we were laying the underfloor heating downstairs in the kitchen!! Progress is booming and we should have most done by the end of the year, with just odds and sods to finish. Louis chatters away but mainly in fRench, c’est quoi ça? C’est à moi ça, elle est ou mama (calls both of us mama!!)
      xx

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