A mountain house called Coin Perdu.

A few weeks ago we did the final signing for a little house, Coin Perdu, in the mountains in Corréze. It dates from the 1880’s, was built by the farmer himself, then handed down to the son and we bought it from the granddaughter, who inherited it from her brother. Complicated. Like all French administration.

We’ll be doing some restoration, keeping the spirit of the house with all the fixtures and just adding some modern day comfort and running water. I’ll keep a journal of this whole process, as we’ll be rolling up our own sleeves, climbing the ladders ourselves and stacking the stones ourselves.

We were down there this past week to meet the  mayor: an interesting woman with a charming accent and an obvious love for chatting. We asked permission to buy a stretch of  “municipal road” that goes through our propery. (for peace of mind) Nobody sees a road, it is somewhere in the brush, but because it is shown on the map, it does exist. Therefore it has to be put before the community of 200-something inhabitants of Puy d’Arnac, to contest should they “need the road”. Complicated. French freedom.

…coin Perdu…

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…pig house at Coin Perdu…

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Sketches done in moleskine, with pen and watercolour.

17 Comments

  1. Wow, Ronell, what an adventure – your energies must be back in full force – it looks and sounds amazing. Your sketches make me look forward to seeing lots more from your journal. Baie geluk!

  2. HOW EXCITING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11 OH RONELL, I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THE PROCESS!! IT’LL BE LIKE THE BOOKS OF PROVENCE ONLY IN IMAGES AND WORDS OF SOMEONE I LOVE .. YAHOOO!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BTW, THESE SKETCHES ARE ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!! OH, HON — A BOOK, A BOOK!

  3. It looks beautiful, Ronell – and you’ll be able to do endless sketches there.
    I know the restoration will be perfect – you have such impeccable taste.

  4. It looks beautiful, Ronell – and you’ll be able to do endless sketches there.
    I know the restoration will be perfect – you have such impeccable taste.

  5. how wonderful! it looks gorgeous and I’ll enjoy watching it develop :>)

    lovely sketches – I hope you have the energy to carry on with all that lifting of stones ;>)

  6. So exciting, Ronell. How far away from your main home is Puy d’Arnac? Two hundred people… 1880’s house….It sounds like a lovely little village. Are there brooks or ponds on your property?

    I agree, with the rest, just love your sketches of it, and hope you get the chance to share many of your watercolors with us.
    annie

  7. Wow, Ronell, how exciting! I can’t wait to hear all about it, and see what will surely be a treasure trove of wonderful art that emerges from all this. Congratulations and good luck on your new adventure!

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