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Say Hello to the Maison Mûrier Blog

Hi Everyone

Sorry this there hasn’t been many blog posts this year, we have been busy renovating our house and also building a new website and blog.

Going forward all our blog posts about our life and adventures in France will now be published via our Maison Mûrier website blog, if you would like to sign up for email updates or just visit the new blog click on the link below.

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Our  new website is also up and running and can be found at

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Thank you all for reading about our adventures on this blog, we have really enjoyed sharing them with you,  we look forward to welcoming you to our new blog site.

Best Regards

Phill and Kev

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Hello Spring

Hi Everyone

Sorry we haven’t been in contact for a while, it’s been a busy time here at Maison Mûrier. Winter is fading away and spring is taking hold of the land, blossoms are ready to burst and bulbs are popping up to say ‘hi, it’s been a while’. The first to show their colours are the daffodils but the tulips & hyacinths  are hard on their heals.

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So why have we been so busy we hear you ask?

Well we have continued with our house renovations, the loft area above Marion and Ian’s house has been transformed into an office and spare bedroom.

Take a look…

To the left you can see the new full height entrance we have created, we had to break through the 1/2 metre thick stone wall.

To the right you will see the shape of the old door which was cute but very low and dangerous, as we kept banging our heads every time we entered through it. We used some of the stone from the new door to fill up the space.

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One end of the room is our office/workroom

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We sandblasted the beams, what a messy job that was! But worth it.

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We kept all the original stone walls and re pointed them using traditional lime mortar, a long and messy job but quite satisfying as well.

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The other end of the room has been made into a spare bedroom; the ceiling is low, but it’s ok for sleeping. The bed frame was going to be thrown out by  friends of ours, so we nabbed it and painted it using chalk paint [amazing eco paint that needs no prep work done before painting your furniture: YES] and the headboard was made out of  old wood that came off our roof. We love a bit of recycling.

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We are now in the middle of installing an en suite bathroom into the old closet of the recently renovated Library bedroom – I’ll keep you posted on that.

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Now that spring is arriving the garden is demanding attention too, mainly clearing up after winter but I’ve also just started creating a hot garden [plants with lots of reds, oranges and yellows] on the back of the old stone wall of Marion and Ian’s kitchen garden. The earth is not so good, lots of clay so ill have to dig in loads of compost and manure, hard work ahead…

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And lastly we have developed a new website for the house, using a fab web creation company called Wix, really easy to use as it’s all visual.

Heres a link www.maisonmurier.com 

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The leaf in our new house name logo was hand drawn from one of our murier [mulberry] leaves by my talented cousin Tamar, thanks Tam, wish I could draw like that.

The website also has a blog which we will use going forward to post about whats happening here at Maison Mûrier

If you would like to be kept up to date with our news visit the new blog page and sign up for our newsletters. www.maisonmurier.com/blog-1

Whilst all of this has been going on

Barnaby Pickles has mostly been surveying his kingdom…

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While Miel Miaow has been mostly snoozing in the sun.

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Time for a cup of coffee in one of my favourite relaxing spots, under our acacia tree [yet to bud but still beautiful]

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Bon weekend à tous.

Happy weekend everyone.

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The beauty in winter

The last few days here in Fayssac have been bitterly cold, its the first time mother nature has wrapped her frosty arms around us and cloaked everything in wintery white.

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The mornings have been starting out with a sunny glow, but within minutes the fog has been rolling in creating misty swirls in the valley and continuing its journey until you can hardly see anything.

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Im not really a winter person, although i do love a log fire and large brandy to help keep the cold away, for me summer is my season, but if you look there, really is so much beauty to be seen in this Narnia season.

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The sleeping trees and decaying plants are given a dusting of frost making them shimmer.

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There are picture postcard scenes to be viewed everywhere.

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The ice particles bring spiders webs to life, showing all the incredible intricacies of their spun webs.

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I think i may be a little obsessed with them, but why not when they are this beautiful?

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Colour still manages to pierce through the frost giving us vivid sparks to brighten our walks.

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The dogs love this weather, they don’t seem to feel the cold, they revel in it bonding and springing about, except when they are patiently waiting for you to throw a toy.

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So my friends this year is drawing to a close, and what a year it has been, we have had some amazing times, and have so much to be thankful for. There have also been many shocks along the way and we have lost so many amazing people, musicians, authors, celebrities, stars and many loved ones.

But we must look forward and not glance back for that is the only way to go….

From all of us here at Maison Mûrier we wish you a very

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Well, Well, Well

After nearly four years of living in Fayssac, our unsightly well has finally been removed.

The well is nearly 100 feet deep, apparently the deepest in the village, and although it could be a good source of water for irrigating the garden, it looks awful and is blocking the footpath making it dangerous for children (and us on our return from the cafe!) to pass.

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In true french fashion the workmen just turned up out of the blue with no notice given, other than the Mayor saying it will be removed sometime before Christmas. And that was back in the summer.

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The huge digger made quick work of demolishing the actual well, we have kept all the stones which will be used to finish building the wall around our pool decking area. Great as this stone is in short supply around our garden.

 

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We will use this space to make a pedestrian gated entrance to our house, instead of having to open the main gates, and we will use the  existing beautiful wrought iron pedestrian gate which sits between our driveway gates.

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The hole down to the well has been capped over using reinforced concrete lintels.

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Its all ready for a final layer of gravel, hmm but it’s been like that now for two weeks so who knows when the workmen will be back to do that!!!

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The calm after the storm

Hi, it’s been a while i know, well i have had a busy month, turning 50, having lots of fabulous celebrations with family and friends, and having an incredible holiday in Barbados, thanks Kev, Les & Dx oh and Lady Balls for a true surprise, one that made me use really bad language out of fright, [as she made me jump] i must say in my defence.  You all made it so special and one never to be forgotton.

Then straight from holidays to London,  Scotland & Highgrove for work and finally back to my beloved Fayssac, it was all amazing arghh but its so nice to be back home. I know i keep saying it in posts but it always amazes me how things change so quickly, mother nature dosnt stop for anyone, she keeps rolling on, season by season, things bud, blossom and decay. So Autumn was, and now winter begins, shorter days and longer nights abound, colours keep changing and the smells of cinders and earth are strong in the air, and i must admit i love it. I’m not really a winter person as i crave the sunshine but i do always look forward to winter fires and long walks in the late afternoon cherishing the last rays of the day and today was no exception its been unseasonably warm and beautifully sunny, i had to stop and take yet another photo, i have so many of this view but it always makes me smile and gives me a warm feeling, this is a special place, its hard to explain why it needs to be experienced,  friends that have visited have said the same.

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But the week hasn’t all been like this beautiful day, far from it, as much as mother nature rewards us with days like this, she unleashes her worst sometimes, as she did on Wednesday night. Thunder, lightening, rain, hailstones and howling winds that shuddered the shutters, tossed garden furniture about and generally messed things up a bit, as you will see from the photos below.

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But Barnaby was on hand to help out.

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So many leaves

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Probably time to put all the garden furniture away.

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Anyone fancy cleaning the pool for me?

No… mmm didn’t think so.

Argh well it was good exercise cleaning it all up and i just kept thinking of all the calories i was burning off doing it and how many more glasses of the red stuff i could have later….

Lets hope we have more blue skies and not so many grey ones.

Happy weekend everyone.

Px

 

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Autumn at Au Cafe Joubert

We have been so lucky to have had some really lovely warm autumn evenings of late, [not including this weekend, as its grey and a little bit rainy, but not as bad as the weather reports predicted] so as autumn is here we must make the most of these lovely weekend evenings and head to our beloved Cafe Joubert for a glass or three of the white, pink or red stuff.

The garden at Cafe Joubert is well established and has some very interesting sculptures in it and a lovely water feature. Sophie and Bernard grow and use lots of produce in their potager, which in the summer months is bursting with gastronomic treasures but now is fading into autumns clutches.

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I love the early evening sunshine, still warm, hanging low in the sky, it paints everything with a fabulous orange glow.

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I found these completely dried out artichokes whilst wandering through the potager area of  their garden, I’m not fond of eating them as i personally don’t think they taste of anything. But they are beautiful sculptural examples of mother natures handy work. Even in this dried out state they still look fabulous and i think add beauty to the garden.

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But its when you take a closer look that you really see their beauty, the heads layered with fanned out symetrical leaves looking fabulous.

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Couldn’t resit taking this photo of a little grass hopper basking in the last glow of the sun, its amazing how it has changed its colour to blend perfectly in with the stem of the flower.

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Then there are the dead heads, wow so magical and beautiful, mother natures candy floss.

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Taken from a different angle it looks like a smooth fury coat, tinged with sunshine.

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Arghh i wondered where Bernard had gone, he was obviously posing for a sculpture of himself.

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Bon Weekend everyone….

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A Spirit House

We have a little area of the garden by the well that we’ve been trying to figure out what to do with for ages. It’s actually an old stone sink that I presume came from inside our house and has been placed by the well to create a platform. I have placed plants on terracotta tiles to give them height, but I’ve never really been happy with it and have been trying to figure out what’s missing.

Then our dear friend Rachel came to visit this week and bought us a beautiful gift, a spirit house, which She tells us originates from the Lanna Kingdom in Thailand, people place these outside houses and put gifts in them to appease the spirits (apparently they are particularly fond of strawberry Fanta).

They are ideally situated on a wooden pillar or platform, argh says I, I know exactly where it will live.

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Raised up on clay tiles, it has pride of place in amongst the greenery.

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Its made of recycled teak so its weather and bug proof.

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The details on the rood and sides are beautiful.

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Thanks Rachel, it will have a happy home here in the garden.

The learn more about Spirit Houses click here

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Summer gifts as the season begins to shift

Summer here in Fayssac has been really wonderful this year, plenty of hot and sun drenched days  and the odd crazy storm to cool things down,  entertaining us with illuminating light shows. We have had lots of fabulous guests that have made our summer abundant with fun, laughter and great memories that will last with us for a very long time.

It has been so hot down here with little rain, the trees have already begun to loose their leaves making us realise that autumns calling.

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The ground is so dry that cracks in the earth are the norm creating an amazing motorway of patterns.

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The sunflowers that recently blazed their yellow glow over the country side are all now bowing their heads. They will be left until they are almost black, the farmers waiting for the seeds to be dripping with oil before they harvest them.

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But as we begin to notice the subtle changes, mother nature gives us some lovely gifts to help us on our way.

The wild damsons are laying heavy and luscious on the branches, they are inviting me to taste their warm and sweet flesh, whilst eating them the purple juice runs down my hands, there to be savoured later as i walk Barnaby Pickles in the evening glow of the sun.

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The blackberry bushes are also brimming with big bold berries, ill be picking these over the weekend for a jam making session.

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Summers not over yet! but the autumn hints are there, so we have to fill up on the sunshine and warmth ready for the cold winter nights.

Are you all noticing the changes or is it just me?

Have a lovely weekend everyone and heres to more warm sunny days before Autumn rolls in.

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The Misadventures of Marcel Marcel

Our lovely friends Emily and Ed who have just bought the house at the beginning of our village [its the one just above my head in the photo below] have recently acquired a new member of their family, Marcel is a Pyrenean Mountain Dog and although only five months old, is already the size of an Alsatian.

Anyway he’s is so adorable and just loves everyone and showers them with licks  and just wants to be loved by all,  he is also a definite mummies boy.

This particular breed of dog dose not require huge amounts of exercise so dosn’t warrant being walked especially whilst still a puppy.

So when Emily set off to meet me for a walk with her other dog Humphrey, Marcel was left  staring at them heading off down the sunflower lined path.

Ed has been desperately trying to secure their land with fencing and today reached a landmark by fitting the final gate to keep the dogs in, a major achievement considering its been 33 degrees for the last few weeks.

As i mentioned Marcel is a big puppy, he’s a big fur ball but beneath all the fur he’s actually quite a slender chap, so having stared at us going off into the distance and I’m sure thinking “i want to be with them” managed to squeeze under a very tiny gap in the gate. [ i have to mention at this point that the lady they bought Marcel from had warned then that this breed of doggy is prone to wandering off on on the odd constitutional]

Emily, Humphrey, Barnaby and i had all finished our walk and were home, in fact i was about to start cutting the grass when i saw Ems walking past my fence, she had got home to discover that Marcel had decided to join us on our walk and was missing with out permission.

So off we set to hunt for Marcel Marcel, i call him this name as i like the double barrel sound of it.

Emily headed off to scour the village and i headed for the fields to see if i could spot the big white fur ball, and as Ems rejoined me we indeed spotted a spec of white cotton wool in the distance and yes it was Marcel Marcel, who after hunting for us and not finding us had decided to make his way home, he’s a very clever puppy.

But the hill leading up to Emily & Eds house is very steep and he’s just a puppy, so as soon as he got to us he decided to lay down for a good rest [well this escape artist malarkey is very tiring]

So the only thing to do with a big white fur ball is to carry it home, which is what Ems and i did in turns, hence the photo below that Ems took.

Whilst carrying him i kept thinking of how many calories i was burning off and how many glasses of red wine that would equate to……

 

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Introducing the Garden Room Ensuite Bathroom

So last week we introduced you to one of our new bedrooms “The Garden Room” named as it over looks the garden, very unoriginal I know but after much deliberation and lots of name changes we felt it was best to keep thing simple. Tohis is the en suite bathroom attached to it.

The sink unit was bought for a bargain price at our local second hand warehouse, and Kev put a new sink and tap on it.

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We have been hunting for antique tiles for ages but couldn’t find any at a good price, then Kev came across a website that sells some really lovely tiles and has a range of imitation old tiles, they look very realistic as they are all slightly different and have different blemishes etc

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Kev did all the plumbing and tiling, I cleaned the beams up and Marion helped with the painting. Oh and I renovated all the old doors.

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Oh yes and I pointed the stone wall.

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Kev made the shelf from a piece of old wood found in one of the barns.

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So thats one bedroom and bathroom done only another 3 to go. I’ll keep you posted on our progress.

Have a lovely weekend everyone….

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