The kitchen… had a wall… and a floor

Maybe I should start the story by showing the nice stone wall in the room behind the kitchen, which is the reason for all this dust and work for a week… and that wasn’t planned at all.

the kitchen on day 1… Danie started on the spiderwebs…

Then we wondered why a wall can be so nice on one side and covered with ‘fake’ wall on the other side, and opened just a small piece to see what’s behind it… and it looked nice and ‘stoney’ : ) and then Danie cut open a big piece and then…

a stone wall covered with cement…

Dust, disappointment, work, why did we do this!.. and no turning back as the thick ‘fake’ wall had no support at the bottom and had to be taken out. That alone took two days. Our first decision was that we will just paint it… but, we are six people and with some fun we (not really me, they) started to ‘chisel’ (if that’s a verb) stone after stone…

…and then mixing white cement and slowly covering the gray cement between the stones… by hand…

This ‘mistake’ will actually be very nice in the end. The work was stopped first to do the rest of the kitchen, but the finished part looks like this now…

The rest of the kitchen…? We found this when the kitchen zink was taken out… : )

Then they started fixing… tiling and filling holes in walls.

The floor has a story too. I think houses can tell a lot of stories about the people living in them. In this house somebody decided to tile this big kitchen/diningroom with nice tiles. Then somebody decided that it is too big and cut a line through the tiles and build a wall in the middle. Then somebody didn’t like the wall and take it out again, but now there is a line of cement in the middle of the tile floor. Then somebody thought it a nice idea to cover the tiles with a thin layer of cement to make it smooth and then stick novilon tiles onto that. Luckily they stopped just before sticking the tiles. Then somebody (which is now us) saw that if you make this cement layer wet and use scrapers and a few people you can get the cement off again. So, that’s what we did.. and many hours of scraping later…

we went from this…

doing this…

to this…

The cement line is still in the kitchen, but just this morning Danie discovered a whole pile of the kitchen tiles in his outside building. Cement line fixed!

In the meantime I’ve painted the walls and all the beams. We could use our loose IKEA kitchen cupboards from Courdimanche, with one difference in this house, that the corners are not 90 degrees. All walls are skew. : ) There are still little things to be done, but for now we are here…


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This is Beynes.

After three weeks without internet we feel rich with all this luxury of being able to phone, seeing what friends were up to via facebook, sharing, reading emails… We waited patiently for two weeks and then contacted Free who only then sent a technician. We shouldn’t have been so patient, because he then discovered that France Telecom never connected our line. Then we waited another five days for their technician to come and as it always works: It took him just two minutes to connect the line.
We just can’t live without this technology anymore. We had more than just a few coffees at McDonalds with their free Wifi. That was not even to make contact with the outside world. Everything is done via the internet. Organize electricity, water, gas, change addresses and so much more.

So now I can give an update of what we were up to in this last month.

SOLD… 53 Rue de Maule

On the 10th of July we signed the contract at the notaire to have the house officially on our name. After two hours in the office of Maitre le Grand, we had the keys. We were well informed of how everything works, because by law we had to have an interpreter, who asked 600 euros for his services. : ) Now we know all the detail of the insurance for the house, as that Danie is not allowed to do parachuting, skydiving or motor racing. : ) We also learned that our house is under ‘historical protection’. We are not allowed to change anything on the outside without their permission. This is because Beynes has a castle and all buildings in a five kilometer radius from it, is part of the historical heritage.

le château de Beynes …

Then we could walk into our ‘new’ house and saw how much cleaning needed to be done. There are windows that hasn’t been opened for years, shutters that hasn’t been closed for years and spiderwebs that took some skilled spiders years to form. That is why it actually didn’t matter that we were without internet, we worked non-stop for a month. But by now, all the spiders have been chased away, most walls were painted and almost all the boxes have been unpacked.

Let me start by showing you the pretty village Beynes… and you don’t say baynes (2 syllables, as we thought) It is Ben with a long e sound as in West. The people are friendly. One neighbour brought us all info from the municipality. Another friendly lady surprised me with two pumpkins from their vegetable garden. The friendly Roger shakes his head every time as he greets me and see me walking with bare feet… but I’m from Africa, I tell him. : )

The church behind the castle…

our street…

pretty…