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Spring is in the air

After a very dry and mild winter here in the Corbieres it seems that spring has sprung especially early. In fact it was 27C yesterday but we aren’t convinced that it will last and so I have been working like the clakkers to get the outside done whilst we have such ‘beau temps’.

We also managed to rope in our friends Chris and Myriam to help us with the mammoth task of grouting the tiles. Having never done it before it was a bit of a daunting prospect and as it is such a large space we were more than delighted to have a helping hand. Grouting isn’t complicated but there is definitely a ‘right way’ and a ‘wrong way’ to do it, and it took far, far more product than we had estimated which involved me chasing down the right product during precious grouting time! Anyhow it is done and we are delighted.

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.The hallway is transformed with the tiles and after the grouting came the deep cleaning, then the drying and now the oiling with a mix of linseed oil and turps. We have to wait 24 hrs in between coats and it is a bit of a guessing game as to how many coats will be needed as it depends on the absorption of the tiles, so far we have done two and here is how it looks.

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The more coats we do the darker, and better it will look.

We also did the hearth and the shower floor the other day, both of which look really good so am quite chuffed with it all – so far! Now if Louis will just take his nap I can grout the hearth and then we can start putting the house back together again!

All those pebbles that the Pernices’ collected last year, and then some, Collioure in Coustouge! The tiles for the hearth are the original cement tiles from the house that we took up and cleaned, I believe they date from around the beginning of the 20th century, 1910(ish)

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