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Cadeau de ma voisine......

This morning I was busy applying the third coat of lime wash to the oak beams, very messy job as it goes everywhere and it looks like they could need at least another two, when the doorbell rang.

I thought that it was a little early for the post lady as she normally comes around 1/2 past 12 and it was just on midday. It was our lovely and very talented neighbour (Jay is a sculptress)carrying a big bowl of cherries, hence the title of todays post is a gift of my neighbour.

They looked so lovely in the bowl that I just had to take a photo of them.

I had no sooner waved my neighbour off when my post lady arrived. I made the mistake of saying that it was too hot for painting (30 degrees today) when she grabbed my arm and told me to sit in her car. It is only a little car but boy was it hot!

She suggested that she take the cherries and carry on with my painting and that I should complete her deliveries. I decided that it was time to make a dash for it before she locked herself in my house.......

She handed me a "cadeau" as she likes to call my deliveries, some artificial lavender which I have ordered to go in my vasques/urns.

I could not resist having a play with it so popped it into a basket and voila doesn't it look pretty?

I am supposed to be painting the hall so had better get back to it before I get told off......

A bientot,

L x


  1. Those cherries make me want to paint something red today! And nothing is better that lavender in a natural pot! Thanks for filling my senses today~ Have fun painting!

  2. I wish I had a neighbour like that, how lovely!

    I love your posts, they always make me smile, your blog is a pleasure to read :)

    Simone :)

  3. I am interested in how you are lime washing your beams. What is your formula for the lime wash? Are your beams finished with stain and sealer or stripped? I have used a wonderful product called lime wax and you can put it over a finished or unfinished wood. It gives a beautiful light finish and very easy to apply. I've used it on furniture and it looks great with just the right amount of wood showing through. I also have a black wax that is even better. I used it on a sandblasted piece of OLD furniture from France and it is gorgeous. I love the black wax and I am getting ready to put it on a small gateleg table that I just had what's called oxidized. Just found your blog and thinks it's very good. Yikes is following 35 plus blogs about France, the French, fashion and cooking too much?!?

  4. Hello Linda, we are following a method that they have used for centuries in France whereby you mix lime and water then let it age for 6 months, the longer the better. The beams have been stripped an then the lime wash is applied over and over again until they look white as opposed to patchy. The wax sounds fab for furniture, at Maison de Poitiers in the chambre verte I used a gold wax which I rubbed on the corners of an old amoire - it came up really well.
    35 blogs about must be a francophile peut etre :-)

    A bientot, Leeann x

  5. Gold Wax now that sounds yummy! I need to look for that. I got my black and lime waxes from Van Dykes Restoration. I found a nice product called Rub and Buff and it is small tubes of probably 20 colors of paint and it works beautifully on furniture. I am working with a client that is building a new home although using huge old beams in the ceilings and I would be interested in having the exact formula for the liming process incase we decide to do it. Do you have a website or someone I could go to to get this recipe?

    I am a francophile since I am half french, but I just love all the info I get from all you intelligent bloggers. I used to own a store and thanks to this rotten economy I have closed it and now find I have a lot of time on my hands!

  6. Such lovely pictures! :) I love your blog!

  7. Linda,

    A friend made ours for us so it saved us the effort as you have to wait a while for it to cure. That said I know that therea re comapnies in the US that sell it ready mixed.

    Here is a link to a document that explains how to make it and how to apply.



    ps it is a lot of effort but is well worth the effort as it looks amazing.



  8. Leeann, You are awesome. thanks for the link. I can't wait to try it!

  9. What a lovely neighbor! Those cherries look delicious! Thanks for posting that link for the limewash, I'm going to check it out too!

  10. Cherries, a Bridgewater bowl, lime wash & a the heat that knocked your post lady of her proverbial seat. A wacky eventful day!!!!!

  11. I need a photo of the oak beams please! I need to see what they look like. All this lime washing has made me hungry I think I will go & find that bowl of cherries.
    :) Cate

  12. Hi L
    Lovely lavender!. Your lavender looks so pretty in the basket. I love everything about lavender. We have some in our garden. They are so gorgeous.

    Luck to have a neighbour who brings the cherries.. Can't wait to see what you are doing.. Would you please post some of the photos of your progress??? Please please..

    x Julie


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