Firstly here are the links to parts 9 and 10 of the Puppet Challenge, the art still keeps on coming, each one so original, the artists so varied.
The rest of this blog is going to be rather disjointed, but it’s about our daily lives, so it’s bound to be so.
A friend from Paris brought me the most delightful present last week , when I unwrapped it I thought it was a beautiful little oil painting of a seaside village, on closer inspection I realised it was a square of polished marble, it measures only 10cm x 10cm, yet it’s story is immense, it is a Florentine marble from the Eocene period, and is no younger than 33.9 million years old and no older than 56 million, there is nothing more to be said than to gaze in wonderment. Thanks Sylvaine, this is a present I will treasure.
In between the changeover for guests ( making up beds, ironing, cleaning etc) we have been redecorating 2 rooms in a townhouse in Bergerac, where I restored some turn of the century murals some 6 or 7 years ago. The entrance hall was painted beautifully, depicting the 4 seasons. Unfortunately, I cannot find the “before” photos, nor could I get a decent photo of the 4th one as it has a huge piece of furniture hiding it, but here are the other three restored to their former glory. The entrée is rather dark so the photos aren’t brilliant, I’m afraid.
The 2 bedrooms upstairs were painted with Arabian desert scenes, I enjoyed the challenge of matching the beautiful soft colours, nerve-wracking as it was.. All the murals in the house were quite badly damaged,with large areas missing due to cracked plaster having fallen off in chunks. When doing restoration on something like this you obviously start off working on the larger areas, the tiny chips and scratches never seem to show at this point, but the more you restore the whole, the more the smaller marks gleam out saying ‘“hey, you haven’t finished yet!”
Lastly: The Beast of La Crabouille darkly surveying our fields……actually it is the 20 tonne oak wood pile, delivered last week, in readiness for winter. It looks like an art installation by Christo. Graham has to cut all this into smaller lengths for our Rayburn cooker/boiler : rather like a task for Rumpelstiltskin. I got Meggie to sit in front to show the size of it, the pile is 3m deep and 3m at highest point. The lengths are the first cut before the woodyard cuts the rest of the tree trunks into planks. Aaah…… but Graham loves a challenge!