Can I get an Amen?
Why do we let so much into our lives, hoping to make it richer? I think, sometimes, just being quiet and still, listening to the sounds of nature can fill our souls. Instead of filling every minute of your schedule with something to do, how about scheduling a time to be still. Go to a peaceful place and enjoy a book or take a walk through a forest preserve to enjoy nature. Leave the music and phone behind. Unplug. .
There are so many distractions and sounds that fill our day, why not save room for some peace and quiet and maybe a front porch swing. .
This week is all go in preparation for the end of term (last day today!) and the village show. Lots to do with deadlines drawing ever closer.
Todays baking is my usual weekly bake of Meringues. The kitchen is smelling rather delicious - shame I can't sneak one. They are spoken for unfortunately! ~Kathy's homemade Meringues ~
Perfect for summer desserts with seasonal fruit.
6 egg whites
6oz caster sugar
8oz icing sugar
Oven at 110°c
Whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks.
Whisk in the sugar a tablespoon at a time. Leave about 5 seconds between each spoonful.
Once all the sugar is whisked in, fold the icing sugar into the mixture in 3 parts. Make sure you are gentle so as not to knock all the air out your meringues!
Place onto baking paper. This mixture will do 12 individual meringues or a very impressive meringue crown.
Put into the oven and leave for one hour without sneaking a peak! Be brave! They will be firm on the outside and chewy in the middle once cooled. Leave for longer if you like crumblier meringues. Do not be tempted to turn the heat up! Patience is key :-) There are lots of varients of meringue recipes, but this one is fool proof and has never failed me!
Let me know if you give it a go!
Have a fabulous day in the sun.
Well after my last post there was a lot of love (and questions!) over our front door! So I thought I’d share this with you!
During the build of both extensions we also replaced all of the existing timber doors and windows, as well as adding the new ones where needed. This came with a few issues, the main one being the fact that with this being an old building no door or window is the same! Each one is unique, and nothing is standard sizing. Another issue was that we needed to provide samples for the council to sign off on design and colour before we could begin anything.
Luckily we knew of a friend who was a retired joiner, so he produced the samples and once signed off, went ahead and made all the doors and windows by hand. This helped us out massively and if it wasn’t for him there would have been no way of us realistically being able to afford this, and we are so grateful.
It took us over a year to prime and paint everything, and then we glazed and fitted all of the windows and doors ourselves. I still haven’t managed to give the windows on the ground floor their final coat due to Arlo’s arrival! We’ll get there one day won’t we?
The colour is a BS number which we were told to use in line with the Cotswold Design code (it’s a good job I like it!) and I’ll hunt it down for you and pop it in stories, along with the brands of paint I used. The windows and doors are all handmade in Accoya rather than oak. This is a material which is being used more and more in the construction industry and we believe it was the best material for our cottage as it repels water really well. It is actually used in river beds and dams... which gives you an idea of how water resistant it can be! .
Swipe across to see a few images from the last few years... old doors and windows, images from when we were battling to restore the stone (a story for another time for anyone new around here!) and the finished doors and windows with new lime render.
What happens when you let nature take over! Before and After. Whilst waiting for our landscaping to start we just let the garden grow ‘organically’ - only took a few months to turn into a jungle. These properties take an incredible amount of effort to maintain, so it is so easy to see how and why beautiful homes and parks turn into crumbling buildings and jungles before your eyes. When taking on a project like this we always knew that the gardening would be the biggest obstacle, but slowly with our team we are making progress. Loving our new low maintenance and neat driveway entrance. One day we might add a garden feature, but for now we shall just enjoy the neatness. #landscapingideas#cypresstrees#landscaping#driveway#frontfacade#chateaurescue#chateaurenovation#chateaurestoration#mycountryhome#frenchcountryhome
Thanks to the wisdom of the people who constructed these old houses with massive natural stone walls about 50 cm deep (swipe to see a doorframe for reference), it stays nice and cool inside. And that feels like ‘paradise’ (today’s prompt @storyofmyhome ) in this heatwave. The sunflowers I foraged for the garden table deco have also emigrated inside as they would just wither in the boiling temperatures. The oven is not a ‘kitchen item’ (@myhousethismonth ) much used these days (to avoid any additional warming up 😜) and we live off salads. What is on your menu on hot days like these?