Living in a restoration home means living amongst mess and mayhem at PumpjackPiddlewick

Living in a restoration home has its drawbacks, but also some surprising bonuses. Its definitely a world of pluses and minuses, with an ever moving end in sight. But then life is like that anyway. So maybe deadlines, although helpful, ought not to be the ultimate goal. Rather I have a priority list, that often fluctuates in its priorities.

A little history

The home I have bought here in France is old, medieval old, 12th -13th century. Maybe older. The house purchase information doesn’t give a clue. The beams in the attic say ancient. One of these days, like in those restoration programmes I avidly watch, I would like to get the beams dated. But it is not yet even close to top of the priority list.

I did chat with my neighbour about the history, as his family has lived in the village for centuries, but he had little insight. At least as far as my French would allow me to understand. His family home used to be an ancient chapel, up until the French revolution. His more modern house has been added on the end of the chapel. Inside there are still some amazing medieval features from what was originally an outside wall.

The basics

My house is essentially sound, with good walls, windows and roof. Well, half the roof. The other half needs replacing. It’s on the list. I have electricity and cold running water. The basics. When I was purchasing, I knew I would have to live in it whilst doing it up, so buying a complete ruin or dilapidated barn was out of the question.

I mentioned in a previous post about the lack of heating. And this is set to change, sometime this year. But it is not the priority. Electrical wiring is needed first. So I can then put in a hot water tank. Then a kitchen. Oh, and eventually a shower. Amongst this is lots of scraping off of paint and wallpaper, sanding of wood floors or peeling up linoleum and changing old windows for new thermal ones. So, there’s rather a long list before putting in a new heating system.

On offer

Not to mention there are various grants offered here in France I am looking into. The French government is investing in upgrading old houses. Most of it stems from making them more energy efficient. And I am all for that.

But French paperwork takes time. You have to apply. Then wait for the response and/or agreement. A list of approved artisans is provided. They have to be contacted and quotes given. A quote has to be chosen. And then you wait in line for the work to get done. Lots of time, so it’s yet another thing that can and will shift the priorities.

Living in a restoration home

The thing about living in a restoration home, eg whilst the work needs to be and is being done, is that you have to put up with, make due and definitely compromise. It’s a bit like glamping. (= glamourous camping.)

My salon has become my happy place, especially when it’s cold outside. The cats gather around me, as the only real heater is in here. Sometimes the ducks join us if they are feeling the cold. I sit working, writing, creating surrounded by love.

When not working, we all like to snuggle on my napping bed. We cocoon ourselves in lap blankets that were made by my Mum and a friend, and as they warm me they also remind me of the effort they went to, which is in itself gives me a warm feeling.

Making due, compromising and putting up with things has its perks. It’s all about priorities.

My Restoration Wish List

If you are particularly interested in my restoration work, I have set up a Wish List on Amazon of items I must or would like to buy to help me restore my medieval house and garden. If you wish to help with any of these (anonymously or not), you can purchase and they will be sent direct to me.

Or if you simply enjoy my stories, please consider nourishing my writings by joining me on Patreon.

Some more restoration tales:

My Mini Medieval Manor

Restoration Heating

Medieval Restoration Hygiene

Medieval Garden Restoration


Some of the finds from my restoration home and garden have made it in to My Shop. Here’s a taste from the garden:

Simply click on an image to see more…



    1. Thank you! And to you too! It is a process, but an enjoyable one none the less. The hardships make the good things all the better 🙂

  1. Such a lovely tale of living the dream … heating problems and all. But, if you can call a room a “big warm hug” it makes any inconvenience disappear … xo

    1. Thank you Joan. We always have the option to decide how we look on something – no matter how cold it gets 😉

  2. I have been absent and now find I am way behind in all of your adventures even a new home and I am so sorry I missed out on your excitement.

    I am doing well, adjusting to my new Normal as I call this time in my life. Miss John very very much, but the Children are here for me and a blessing so I am blessed!!!

    I am praying for our world such a Scary time for all of us and I pray all of you are well and safe. I am staying at home not going out the children are very protective and that is a nice feeling. I am doing all the things one should do to stay well, and did hear this this morning on the news the Doctor on the news pointed out that now as we are supposed or required to wear a mask when out among people he pointed out that when we wash our hands for 20 seconds with warm water we can do another step to help ourselves stay free of the virus. He suggested we wash our faces also with warm water and soap as germs on the face can get in our eyes and we or me have a bad habit of forgetting and will touch my eyes after I have touched my face. Anyway I am now doing this everytime I wash my hands which is very often I am washing any germs away from my face. So far I am staying well and so greatful for this information.
    Please everyone know we are all in this together and I pray for your well being and ask for you to pray for me and our World. Hugs and Love to all and know I am praying for all of God’s Children. Hugs Sarah

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