Archway to…

18 Jan

The bathroom! Yes, unbelievable news. We’re back on in 2014! A mere three years since our first post, we bring you spectacular news from Mas Cabardes. 2013 was a big year on the project (although we didn’t manage to say a word about it…we were so busy…being busy…) but this year things are really going to change around here. Whilst the weather in Wagga Wagga has us housebound in another heatwave, Carol and Jeanot have been hard at work at Le Barry shifting barrow loads of rubble, building, demolishing, building, demolishing, shifting barrow loads of rubble…you get the idea. So as we sit back and put our feet up for another hot night in the southern hemisphere, we can delight in reporting this breaking news to you our beloved friends…

The room formerly known as the ‘oil room’ (by way of it’s being full of oil soaked soil) is soon to be known as the bathroom! Yes, Carol and Jeanot have heaved out the oil, the soil and half the rocks that were holding the walls upright in order to carve a space to freshen up, shower down and do your business. It even has a fancy archway (nearly). See below:

archway 2


Can you see the look on his face. Determination. Concentration. Perfection.

new wall-inside

But there’s more. You want light you say, well let the soft warm sunshine fill your ablutions with joy. He’s even made a window to bring the outside in.


‘But it’s heritage’ you say. Yes my word it is. As Jeanot cleverly fills the old doorway with a new old wall. Who would ever know what lies behind???


Spectacular we hear you cry. Yes it is. It’s a window!


A glorious, huge new window! with…a handsomely crafted ledge. Where did that come from? Only Jeanot knows!

Until next week (we promise) bon voy-arch nous amis. xxx M and J


9 Responses to “Archway to…”

  1. julianmclaren January 18, 2014 at 8:45 AM #

    Looks great!

    • Justy Phillips January 26, 2014 at 11:23 PM #

      Thanks Julian, we will keep you posted on the next architectural adventures.

  2. Banou Jabbour January 18, 2014 at 10:08 AM #

    Hello lovelies! What wonderful bathroom news to receive! It looks spectacular! All hail Jeanot & Carol! Great to see the renovation updates. Will wait for further posts…… My breath is bated in anticipation. Much love to you both from me, Barney xxxx

    Sent from my iPhone


    • Justy Phillips January 26, 2014 at 11:28 PM #

      Il semble que les salles de bains sont un thème récurrent pour nous cette année, (check out my French! thanks to Google translate)
      love to you M and J X

  3. Jenni January 18, 2014 at 1:28 PM #

    What absolute trojans Carol and Jeanot are with amazing results ! Wish I had half their skills and talent. So exciting to watch the transformation from so far away too.

    • Justy Phillips January 26, 2014 at 11:30 PM #

      JBC, you will have to come and experience the transformations in person one day. M and J. xxxxx

  4. Caitlin Hughes January 18, 2014 at 10:23 PM #

    “Bon voy-arch” is the best pun i’ve heard this week. X

    • Justy Phillips January 26, 2014 at 11:22 PM #

      Guess who came up with that one? M X

      • Caitlin Hughes January 27, 2014 at 2:13 AM #

        Thought it was you!

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