Sunday, 29 January 2017

Seaside Walk and Crochet

On Saturday, we drove down to Le Pouldu. We felt like getting some sea air and giving Spencer a good run on the beach. The forecast was good and we had some lovely sunshine. We invited our friend Maureen to join us and we all had a wonderful day.

Spencer found a friend on the beach to run around with....a young Weimaraner.

Spencer certainly had a good race around!

We had a fabulous walk and caught the best of the weather. When we headed back, it started to rain and we were glad to get back to Harvey J. Soon we were cosy inside, eating our lunch of French bread, cheese and chutney followed by delicious Pains-aux-Raisins!

On Sunday, we sorted, cut and stacked some old wood.

The weather was wet and we deserved a rest so we spent the afternoon with our feet up watching the film The Graduate.

It might have been wet but you can tell it had turned warmer as Max settled outside for a while.

I did some crochet and almost finished my cowl apart from adding a button and sewing in the ends.

I also crocheted a cover for this coat hanger inspired by Amy's post at Love Made My Home.....I think it gives it a cute vintage look!

It was a quick and easy project to do too....a nice 'in between projects' project! The tutorial I followed was by Lazy Daisy Jones and can be found here.

It's been great to have your company!

Maggie xx

Friday, 27 January 2017

Bedroom Floor and Living Room Painting

It's not been quite so cold this week but we've had lots of rain.

This week we have moved back into the small (unrenovated) bedroom whilst Chris replaces some of the chipboard floor panels in the other bedroom.

Chris decided that it was best to replace them to improve the floor before we lay the laminate flooring.

So this is what Chris has been working on this week.

We made a second trip to our local builders' merchants to buy the new chipboard panels. They were all very friendly this time, recognising us and shaking our hands.

Whilst Chris has been working on the floor, I've been painting. Here's some before and afters.....

I painted the last quarter of the living room ceiling.

I started painting the walls of the living room.....

And I gave the hallway ceiling a coat of white satinwood to brighten it up......

Oh and I have a new kitchen shelf!

Thanks for popping by!

Maggie xx

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Plestin-les-Grèves and the Hogolo Roman Baths

This weekend, we drove up to stay with our friends Bob and Val. On Saturday, they took us to Plestin-les-Grèves, a small Breton town situated on the north coast. We took the dogs too so they could have a nice walk.

It was bitterly cold so we wrapped up well. Soon we were marching along the footpath that ran along the coast with Spencer and Ludo running alongside us.

Bob had mentioned that there were some historic Roman Baths nearby and after about 20 minutes we came across them - Les Thermes Gallo-Romains de Hogolo or The Gallo-Roman Baths of Hogolo.

About 15 km away is the Roman Fort of Yaudet and the Hogolo Baths are part of a range of rural settlements in the area. Dating back to the 1st century, the Baths were discovered in 1892, having been preserved by a sand dune. They were excavated in the 20th century.

The Baths include boiler rooms, hot pools, warm and hot rooms, a locker room and a cold plunge pool.

These are my translations of the numbered rooms:

  1. access stairs
  2. cloakroom
  3. cold room
  4. footbath
  5. cold bath
  6. hallway for the heated rooms
  7. hot pool
  8. boiler room
  9. warm room
  10. hot room
  11. boiler room
  12. hot pool
  13. storage pit for the health ashes
  14. shed/outhouse, comprising of the work area for the heating of the thermal baths
  15. hot water tank


Shed to the left with furnace and hot water tank. Hot pool, hot room and cloakroom to the right.

The hot pools, various rooms and the cold plunge pool to the right.

Bob and Ludo standing in the hallway
Val standing at the window near the cold plunge pool

Me in the cloakroom
Me in the cloakroom

Steps leading to the cold pool


Hot pool

Hot pool

Hot room showing underfloor heating
This next diagram shows how the heating system worked. The heat from the furnace was drawn underneath the floor and then up through the walls and out of the chimneys.

Chris, Bob, Val and Ludo in the Spencer!

Hot room

Cold pool


On the walk back
On the walk back
As you can probably tell, I found it all very interesting!

We were pretty chilly when we arrived back at the car so Bob drove us to nearby Locquirec where we stopped at a café for a much needed hot chocolate!

Thanks for popping by!

Maggie xx