Crooked House

A country life in France

Everything is under control, except for the dust

The Batmobile went for its CT today. The Controle Technique is the regular safety check on vehicles, akin to the MOT in the UK but is only required every other year. This was the Batmobile’s first CT, as it was not very old when we bought it. It’s also our first CT experience. One more step on our path to being properly French. The car passed, as one would expect. It’s a premium vehicle andContinue readingEverything is under control, except for the dust


We broke the law yesterday. Not intentionally, of course, but by a complete inattention to detail. But before all that, the Crooked Man was up and out early and away to Montmorillon for his second Covid vaccination. I have a great sense of relief now that is done. He was gone a long time. Apparently the Montmorillon centre is not as efficient as Auray, where he had his first jab, and certainly nowhere near asContinue readingWhoops!

Joining up

Work progresses. Filling the gaps around the boards proved to be challenging using ready mix filler and the results were unsatisfactory. I suggested caulk and this was pronounced to be a good idea. We hot legged it to The Shed and purchased six tubes. On Saturday the caulk ran out and so the Crooked Man popped back to The Shed and purchased a further six tubes. Today he has completed sealing around the edges andContinue readingJoining up

Forward Progress

When last we looked, the back bedroom was just about emptied. Not a great deal happened yesterday as we returned to the Brico but after a marathon shopping trip, the last of the Millennium Falcon was broken up and stored – well, just about, we need to buy a second set of drawers to get it all fitted in. Today I took the dog out for a long (slow, anyway) walk and returned two findContinue readingForward Progress


Phase 1 one of the Back Bedroom Project is progressing well. The room is emptied of everything except the desk and the Lego and we have vacuumed. The Millennium Falcon is partially disassembled and needs to be completely broken down so that we can store the Lego pieces safely. There is now plenty of room to work on it on the desk! Last night the Crooked Man had to sit on a pouffe to workContinue readingEmpty(ish)

It’s about time that we settled in

When we were house-hunting in France, the Crooked Man was certain that he did not wish to spend his time doing DIY. All of his tools and materials were sold when we left Orkney and we picked the Crooked House as one that had all of its major works done and was immediately habitable. We could have bought far cheaper and had some work to do but we wanted our freedom to travel. The factContinue readingIt’s about time that we settled in