Restoration home

We’ve bought an old restoration home in France. With no budget, but lots of time and skills, it is a very long term project of many phases. From converting an attic, to tearing down internal walls. Creating a rentable apartment, to converting a barn into our new home. Lots of planning, day dreaming and hard working are going into our long term home.

Join me in my happy space at PumpjackPiddlewick

I have been contemplating the concept of creating a happy space. Not an esoteric, froufrou atmosphere in my head, but an actual space. That creates happiness. Or, at least a sense of well being. A smile spot 🙂 You see, sitting, working at my desk yesterday, I realised happiness isRead More →

Living in a restoration home at PumpjackPiddlewick

Living in a restoration home has its drawbacks, but also some surprising bonuses. Its definitely a world of pluses and minuses, with only a supposed end in sight. But then life is like that anyway, so maybe deadlines although helpful ought not to be the ultimate goal. The home weRead More →

Sunday is for dreams at PumpjackPiddlewick

Sunday is our day for dreams. Grand plans are suggested, googled, YouTubed, discussed exaggerated. Our restoration home or garden is generally the focus, with whatever latest scheme we have dreamed up for it, or sometimes we revisit a previous idea. This Sunday’s (revisited) dreams were about building a stream, andRead More →

French restoration home and heating at Pumpjack Piddlewick

In true house restoration fashion we are living without heating in our new home. We are looking at various options as winter approaches. Luckily the 1st November was a national holiday and Pumpjack had Thursday and Friday off. He has been tackling the question. We have an oil central heatingRead More →