We are allowed out at last! Now up to 100KM from home in France.

We decided to go on a little discovery mission to our first charity shop warehouse filled to the brim with furniture and all the other usual pre-loved stuff you’d expect. There are plenty to choose from across France.

Check out the Troc website https://www.troc.com/fr or the Emmaus website https://emmaus-france.org/ou-donner-ou-acheter/ for locations near you.

Simon selected an old chest of drawers he tells me they are book-matched veneer, burr walnut oak. They are extremely well-loved with plenty of dinks and scrapes so I won’t feel guilty about plonking a vase of flowers on top or creating a bunch of new marks to add to the collection of imperfections.

We’ve polished it up a little. It was once treasured then neglected and now loved again. It does seem fitting for an old french farmhouse so for now it stays. Which room it will rest in I’m not sure? Too many renovations to think about (plan 6 is looming) and phase 2 works for improved livable space are underway. We’re nowhere near the ‘finished look’. We’ll learn a lot along the way and hope to settle on a style that suits both us and the house.

Not everything is back to normal in terms of the archetypal French brocantes and food markets. There is still a long way to go but we are taking care by social distancing and wearing face masks where shops have requested them.

We’re enjoying working from home and feel very lucky to be home safe and well making the most of the views.

Of course the best part of our farmhouse renovation is the planning. Replete with a lovely meal and a glass of red wine we strolled out to the top of the hill to watch the sunset behind a fabulous Creuse countryside view. We met with our neighbor driving his cattle home. Two cuuuute newborn calves in tow.

More videos’s coming soon on the YouTube Channel ‘Notes From Le Chassaing’ but unfortunately, our editing software is playing up. I may have to invest in some new equipment. I’ll keep you posted.

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