Gone plumbing in France …

I am in France for the next wee while with the other half. The plan is to give the bathroom and kitchen in the house we inherited many years ago a bit if a make-over. We’ve started with the bathroom. If you know anything about French plumbing, you’ll know that this will be challenging  – French plumbing is old fashioned and tricky and downright complicated, and don’t even get me started on paint! – but we’ve brought some stuff  with us to make the job easier.  BTW the blue bath and sink are going not coming!


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Bonnes vacances 🙂


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23 Responses to Gone plumbing in France …

  1. Wendy Clarke says:

    I was going to say, “Stop it! You’re making me jealous.” but I am going to France myself in a few weeks and so all it’s done is made me excited to go – haven’t holidayed in France for years. Have a wonderful time and I hope you get the bathroom sorted. We’re just doing ours at the moment but keeping the old bathroom suite so no plumbing involved – just a lot of tiling.

  2. Isobelle Lauder says:

    French plumbing must be like Brasilian plumbing – lots of old rusty pipes going who knows where! We have redone one bathroom which was a nightmare so the second one is going along smoothly – fingers crossed! Enjoy!

  3. Susan Robertson says:

    Heading to France at the end of the month………are you on my route? Not that I would be much help, but I could supervise!!

    • Ha ha! Supervising is always good, as it happens, it’s what I do best! Another important part of the make over is the taking of an aperitif – G&T sound okay? 😉

      (We are in a small village called Ligeueil, between Saint Jean Angeles and Surgeres, and 50 ks in land from La Rochelle in Charente Maritime. Is that anywhere on your route?)

  4. I love it, Marianne! Thanks for the gorgeous photos, and enjoy your holiday! 🙂

  5. Louisa Dang says:

    Gorgeous!! I definitely am jealous! 🙂

  6. Ruth F Hunt says:

    Ooh, I wouldn’t know how to do British plumbing let alone French. I bet it will look lovely when it’s finished. Great photographs too. I do hope you get chance to lie in that hammock!

  7. Kendra says:

    Hi Marianne,
    Have a lovely vacation, and best of luck with the plumbing! The area you are in looks gorgeous, I especially like the giant sunflowers, which remind me of California (where I grew up).
    My writing is going okay. I have enrolled on the MLitt programme at Glasgow University (via distance learning, though I will probably try to make a trip or two to Scotland while doing the course). I’m still looking for a home for my novel, The Forest King’s Daughter and am also working on two more novels (simulataneously at this point). BTW, I have sent my finished novel to Pilrig Press, just to see if they would be interested, though I realise it may not be a good fit.
    Anyway, have a lovely holiday and thanks again for all the interesting blog posts (and productive writing courses).
    Best wishes,

    • Hi Kendra
      lovely to hear from you! Yes, it is a very pretty area here, very rural and quiet – and only 40 min drive from the Côte Sauvage, also very appealing 🙂 Brilliant news that you have finished The Forest King’s Daughter! Fantastic! And working on two more. Wow! What are they about? How are you managing to switch from one to the other, easy? hard? Well done, anyway! And wonderful, too, that you are doing the MLitt creative writing programme at Glasgow. I loved doing my masters bu distance learning (with Lancaster Uni) it’s a good way to go, so flexible, and Glasgow has a very good reputation for creative writing. I’ll be really interested to know if it lives up to it – I hope it does, of course 🙂 Who are your tutors, do you know yet?
      ps Marc says he is writing to you. We have been in internet chaos here – was supposed to be connected but wasn’t then was, then wasn’t etc etc all very trying but all sorted now (for now!). Thanks again for good wishes and keep in touch!

  8. Kendra says:

    Hi Marianne,
    Thanks! 🙂 I finished it earlier this year and have been looking for a good home for it so I thought I’d try Pilrig Press. One of the novels I’m working on is another historical fiction novel, set in England this time but then moving to America. It’s about two sisters who follow very different paths in life. The other is semi-contemporary and set in the American Southwest. It is about a young boy and his father and will involve a murder mystery. I’m enjoying switching between them at the moment, as they are very different to each other and so provide a good contrast.
    Thanks too for the congratulations on getting onto the MLitt, and your earlier good advice about looking into programmes. I’m really looking forward to it. I hope it will be as good as writingclasses.co. uk. 😉 I know that Elizabeth Reeder is the course convenor and Zoe Strachan is one of the tutors. I’ve read Elizabeth Reeder’s work and enjoyed it so it will be great to be able to work with her.
    How is your novel going? I’m really looking forward to reading the next Louisa Townsend mystery.
    Okay, I’m going to go and check my email now. Thanks again!
    All best wishes,

    • Hey Kendra, oh, that all sounds very exciting – don’t know your tutors, but sound good 🙂 The Fiji Louisa Townsend novel is written but going through the editing stages which always seems to take forever. Am planning the number two in the trilogy of The Blue Suitcase…it’s all in my head, just have to get it down now… ha ha ! Good luck with everything :))

  9. Katie says:

    Hi Marianne.

    I must of missed this blog post. How’s your renovations coming along?

    I hope you are all well.

    Take care,


  10. Katie says:

    Hi Marianne.

    Thanks:) I hope you’re well.

    Take care.


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