In between minding the puppies and the gardens, mon mari managed to get a little work down around the house….
He did the finishing bits around the sink – mirrors, towel bars, that sort of thing.
The actual cabinet that goes underneath is a work in progress in the barn.
He finished all of the plumbing…. Which meant that he could finish the walls, plaster and paint them.
As well as install the bathtub and toilet.
For any of you who know about tile, the one thing we have rarely found here are the finishing tiles – the little tiles one uses to cover up edges, like the edge of the sink or to finish the bit where the wall meets the ceiling, or, in this case the top of the tile.
You can probably see why he was somewhat reluctant (!?!?!) to put tile all the way to the ceiling above the tub.
We found some more small tiles that we used to finish – they all had finished edges.
Unfortunately it doesn’t show up well in the photo, but the little dark tile in the rows between the light and dark wall tiles, is exactly the same as one of the tiles in the two rows surrounding the tiles. Got that?
Naturally, we could not get more of the first lot…..
We are pleased with how it turned out.
He’s installing the wall heater next to the tub as I type.
Old stone houses don’t have ducts, remember. The heaters all go on the walls.
I think he was spending all his time playing with the puppies, but, they assure me, he was working diligently.
As long as this is all about him – I will give you his very favorite potato recipe.
These get quite a dark, golden brown and very crispy. If you prefer them softer bake them for 20 minutes rather than 30 before adding the sage.
2 medium – large potatoes, 16oz (480gr)
2 tbs olive oil
15 – 20 large sage leaves
Cut potatoes the long way into 3/16 inch (.4cm) thick slices. You should get 5 – 6 slices from each potato – the first and last slices, being mostly peel and not flat, should be discarded.
Put olive oil in a large bowl and add potato slices. Mix with fingers to coat each slice. Remove potato slices and put on baking sheet with low edge – nonstick, if you have it. Bake in 400F oven for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile put the sage leaves in the bowl and toss to coat with oil – using fingers and adding oil if necessary. After 30 minutes remove potatoes from oven and turn. Lay two sage leaves on top of each potato slice. Return to oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with salt. Serve immediately.
Oh – and he (mon mari) got his first mouse of the winter season today…..
Just thought you should know.
And the puppies had their first (of many, no doubt) lessons about mouse traps and cheese.