A view of Lauzerte across typical terrain. This is the nearest town with grocery store, etc.about 10 minutes by car or a 45 minute hike.
The town square in Lauzerte.
Market day in Montcuq, another town about 15 minutes up the road. Lots of tourists during the summer.
St Circ Lapopie - a very popular tourist destination about an hour away.
Rocamadour - another must-see for visitors - about and hour and a half drive.
Our house - a view of the front yard with house on left and stable block (workshops, tool shops, office) on right. Walk up between the house and stable to the pool area.
It snows too.
A view from the track leading to our house. We're at the end of the track. Behind the greenhouse is the stable. Visible behind the stable is the roof of the pool house. The main house is up the slope to the left out of the picture.
View of the front of the stable block. The office and Linda's workshop are in the top story. The toolshop and lathe studio on the bottom.
View from the pool area down toward the stable block.
Pete and Mika last year. Just arrived and chilling.
Pool area looking back toward the house. The little house on the right is used for storage and pool equipment, but plans are to do it up as a small guest house.
A wall and mosaic seat we built after visiting Barcelona and being inspired by all the Gaudi architecture there.
When Pete and Quinn were here last year, they helped me cut and install the main support beam for the hot tub deck. Here we're hauling the log that we'll cut into a beam.
Installing the beam. We notched it into the big oak tree behind Pete.
We put in a hot tub the first year we were here, but it took 10 years to get a decent deck around it, and its still a work in progress. I finished the main deck after Pete and Quinn left.
A panorama looking south from the stable front.
A pretty scene from the kitchen area in Spring.
A view across a hammock strung between two posts of the arbor over the stable front.
Pretty lighting looking down the track from near the house.
Me carving some duck (local specialty) for a meal while Pete and Quinn were here.
A view of the vegetable plot from near the forge down past the stable. The track leading across the far field to the forest is where our firewood store is. We have a big shed near the house that we fill with firewood each year. Its our main source of heating.
Early renovation work. This is the second story of the house. There use to be four small bedrooms and no bathroom. We converted it to one reasonable size master bedroom and bathroom. If you fall between the beams you're in the kitchen.
We paneled the ancient chimney alcove, which we discovered when we tore out part of the main wall there. The cupboards and paneling were my first major wood project after I got my woodshop properly outfitted.
The new bathroom upstairs.
The sad state of the one bathroom downstairs.
The renovated bathroom downstairs. Linda cut each tile in the mosaic pattern. I made all the wooden things.
The top of the stable, stripped out and ready to renovate. We pretty much renovated the stable before the house because having space to do crafts was more important than having a warm place to sleep.
Linda's pottery area. We moved the old woodburning stove from the old kitchen into her workshop.
Maridy and Rachel a few years ago. Working on a stained glass piece.
The office desk I made just before moving all the stuff into the new office.
We did up one of the stalls as a dedicated wood-turning studio to make bowls and stuff.
One of the doors I made. Also some hinges I made on the forge. This is in the lathe studio.
A decorative repair bracket I made for part of the awning over the stable front.
The kitchen area. We pretty much gutted the old one.
My woodshop with some project underway - can't remember which one.