Twelfth Night

Twelfth night is upon us so with Epiphany approaching it's time to take down the tree. We perform the ritual each year,  remove the glittering decorations and delicately wrap and store them for next Christmas. As we're leaving Kernolou for the UK on the second of January, we're doing this earlier than usual. When is... Continue Reading →

Time for an Autumn tidy

As Autumn is upon us it's time for a quick trip over to the cottage to pack away the summer furniture, tidy the garden, plant a new batch of spring bulbs and stock-up the log store. On Thursday we'll be heading down to Plymouth to catch the overnight sailing onboard the Pont Aven, Brittany Ferries... Continue Reading →

the fireplace

First glimpse of the living room and 'feature fireplace' back in 2008 just after we'd bought the house... It had to go! Ian took a sledgehammer to it, despite my misgivings that the house might fall down... We tiled the plinth and installed our first woodburner; there was no electricity in the house then, but... Continue Reading →

A true craftsman…

It had been over 5 years since we'd installed our first woodburner at Kernolou at a time when there were stinging nettles still growing through the living room walls.  In those early days we really were at the first stages of refurbishment and at the mercy of the elements inside or out, which on occasion... Continue Reading →

Garden Gallery

When we first bought Kernolou back in 2008 the garden was just a patch of scorched earth.  Over the years we've introduced beds and borders and tried different combinations of plants and flowers to see which ones work the best. We've had some successes especially with water-loving species as rainfall is high in Brittany.  A... Continue Reading →

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