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Tongue in Cheek
Provence, France
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By the end of next week the bathroom should be completed. Whew. The bedroom upstairs and the middle floor are nearly complete. Due to the stairs, which hopefully will start at the end of May, being created/made inside the apartment we cannot paint, nor put the wooden floor, nor set up the kitchen. There simply isn't room for the workmen to build the stairs if the kitchen is in place. Above you see a photo of the bathroom sink, which use to be the kitchen sink that the previous owner's great grandfather made. In this photo on the far left will be the shower, then the sink and next to it the washer and dryer. The door that I had cut and made into a window is along the wall where the washer and dryer will be. None of the walls are straight, due to the age of the building and more so because it was made that way, and because I did not want to lose an inch of space by using sheet rock so had the walls plastered the traditional way. The uneven walls makes for extra calculations. Rene is a genius. The opposite wall from the shower and sink, is the toilet on the far right in front of the shower, and the next space will house the water heater combo linen closet, after that there is an opening for the entrance. I am not going to put up any doors. Sacha and Chelsea think I am crazy. But when you see it you might agree with me, or not. The entrance to the bathroom is by the window and in front of the washer and dryer. The shower is called an Italian Shower because it is ground level without a step in, a glass wall will run alongside the sink. Massive tiles will go up along three walls and on the floor, to see them you can look here: Action Tiles http://www.equinoxceramictile.com/action/ This is the view looking out the bathroom window, to the port. The view from the bathroom door into the main room. In the living space, the port is behind me, the bathroom in front of me. Above the bathroom is the bedroom, and under the bathroom is another bedroom and underneath where I am standing is the entrance and kitchen area. The stairs will be on the right hand side. The bedroom is... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tongue in Cheek
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On the first of May the French give a bouquet of Muguet to one another. I love it! French Husband (like 99 percent of France's population) will go out early in the morning, returning with a bouquet for each of us. It is the symbol: Giving happiness to one another. The song below is a French classic... Les Temps du Muguet Il est revenu le temps du muguet The Lily of the Valley returns, Comme un vieil ami retrouvé Like an old found friend, Il est revenu flâner le long des quais It comes back strolling along the riverbank, ("Quais," is dock but I like riverbank better.) Jusqu'au banc où je t'attendais To the bench where I wait, (or is that "I'm waiting?") Et j'ai vu refleurir watching it bloom, ... or is it better said, "Where I have seen it flowering..." ....or "Watched it do its thing" ... Yes, I like this modern twist best. L'éclat de ton sourire The brightness of your smile, Aujourd'hui plus beau que jamais More beautiful today than ever. Le temps du muguet ne dure jamais The Lily of the Valley never last long, Plus longtemps que le mois de mai Longer than the month of May, Quand tous ses bouquets déjà se sont fanés When the bouquets have faded, Pour nous deux rien n'aura changé For the two of us, nothing will have changed, Aussi belle qu'avant Also beautiful than before, Notre chanson d'amour Our song of love, Chantera comme au premier jour Singing like the first day, Il s'en est allé le temps du muguet And this one I cannot figure out, and if you are still reading I am impressed! Comme un vieil ami fatigué Like an old tired friend (it really does say that and that is what I feel like when I translate), Pour toute une année pour se faire oublier An entire year to make us forget, En partant il nous a laissé When it has ended, It leaves us, (have you even noticed that when people translate they seem to cut to the chase and leave most of what is said behind?) Un peu de son printemps A little Springtime, Un peu de ses vingt ans A little of her twenty years (translation should not be word for word, because it rarely makes sense.) Pour s'aimer pour s'aimer longtemps. To love, to love forever. ______________________ This is... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tongue in Cheek
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French 1900s Small hand painted Porcelain Fragments Most likely adorning the trinket box. 25 Euros the two ($28) includes postage and tax. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tongue in Cheek Antiques
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Beautiful handwritten postcard with French antique net lace ten inches x five inches. 13 Euros ($12) inclues postage and tax. reserved jb Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tongue in Cheek Antiques
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A pin and a pendant from the same design more or less, 1900s French. Gold metal. Approx an inch each The two pieces 45 Euros ($51) includes postage and tax. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tongue in Cheek Antiques
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French 1800s Calcite. Enfant holding the crown of thorns. Sculpted about two inches. 55 Euros ($62) includes postage and tax. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tongue in Cheek Antiques
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Set of two French antique religious medals. One of Saint Anthony and child, and the other silver metal of Mary and child with crowns and angels. 28 Euros the two ($32) includes postage and tax. Reserved GL Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tongue in Cheek Antiques
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French 1800s Hand carved delicately calcite Enfant St Jean the Baptist. Approx two inches. 55 Euros ($62) includes postage and tax. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tongue in Cheek Antiques
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English Staffordshire whiskey decanteur label Hand painted. About two inches. 20 Euros ($22) includes postage and tax. Continue reading
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French Monastic Extra Long Rosary 1900s Wooden, souvenir from Lourdes. Over a yard long. 45 Euros ($51) includes postage and tax. Continue reading
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Yes!! That was Warren.
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Yes! Exactly that.
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This is my youngest nephew Warren on his baptism day nine years ago, funny how it feels like yesterday. Chelsea, Sacha and I were fortunate to be home for his baptism. I love the photo were my mom is holding Warren, her last grandchild, and her grandchildren are gathered round loving their newest cousin. Maci, Molly (my nieces) and Sacha are the three children you see lovingly looking at Warren. Today Warren made his first communion. His sister Molly snapped me this photo as he walked up with my brother's Mat and Mark. Ah I wish I was there... My Dad's eight anniversary was yesterday, Soon my nieces will attend the prom, My Godchild George and Molly will make their confirmation, My nephew Joe will turn 21... Everyday something is happening back home that makes me want to catch the next flight and be there. Life continues and today I feel faraway, bittersweet xxx Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tongue in Cheek
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Wool and silk fine tapestry piece. 1800s French Made to cover an chair's arm rest. approx 11 by 5 inches 48 Euros ($54) includes postage and tax. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tongue in Cheek Antiques
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S Set of three wooden black Napoleon III Crosses, plus one 1900s statuette in old plaster of Jesus, plus one gold metal cross with angels at the base, One silver metal cross and one black monastic cross. Altogether seven pieces.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tongue in Cheek Antiques
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French 1900s Tape Measure in Leather Case Tagged Paris It works, ten meter tape. Brass fittings. 45 Euros ($51) includes postage and tax. Continue reading
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These African trading beads are referred to as: “American Flag Chevrons”, they were made in Venice, Italy in the mid-1800’s or older, taken to Africa as trading beads. Set of 25 for 35 Euros ($40) includes postage and tax. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tongue in Cheek Antiques
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Two tone metal French Antique Religious Medal Approx half of an inch. 1900s 32 Euros ($34) includes postage and tax. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tongue in Cheek Antiques