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Covered in insulation dust

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It's been very busy over the last couple of weeks working in the flat on both weekends and week nights. So there's been not been much fun to report on. We are getting close to winter so trying to get everything sorted and if we keep a good pace, it should hopefully work out! Insulation is thankfully nearly done, I've finished one of the brick walls and all the plasterboard should be up this week. Fingers crossed we don't run into any more hickups.

But, there was something at least news worthy today - the tour de france stages were revealed at a press conference in Paris and La Rosière and Bourg St Maurice got a stage each! Very exciting for next summer. And as they annonced the la Rosière stage, yours truly got a cameo as one of Propaganda's photos from this winter was used to present the resort. That's me there on the right side waving with my then claw hand in Ross' way too big glove!


Weekend in Gothenburg

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Last weekend I went to Gothenburg for my mother's birthday present weekend with all of us kids. I flew in in the Friday evening and me and my mother had an evening together before the others arrived on Saturday morning. Then we took the boat out to Styrsö for lunch where we had a delicious lunch, conveniently just as a rain shower hit.

After which we headed back into the city for a stroll around town, some shopping and a relax at the hotel. We stayed at the Clarion Post Hotel which was amazing. Great rooms, decor, design and breakfast! 
For Saturday evening we had a dinner reservation at TOSO. As I found out after there's usually a wait of about a month to get a table, but luckily my sister had found out about this gem way in advance! The dinner consisted of a lot of little meals to share. All of which were delicious but if I had to pick a favourite it was probably the crispy pork. 




On Sunday mornign, we had some more time for shopping and my father came to join so that we got a…

2nd Anniversary

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There's not been a proper holiday this year yet because of the building work but we did manage to get away for a night for our anniversary this Tuesday. We set off early in the morning to make it to the thermal spa in Pré Saint Didier where we spent the whole morning and a good part of the afternoon. Very relaxing which was exactly what we needed. Then we headed to Courmayeur where we'd booked a hotel for the night, we strolled around town, did a bit of shopping and had gelato. In the evening we managed to both eat a "first" course and a pizza. For those not in the know, a first course comes after the starter and is normally a slightly smaller portion than a main, although very often it is the size of a main dish too! Very much enjoyed the ravioli, diavola pizza and the prosecco. In the morning it was time to start heading back to France and work but not before enjoying a great hotel buffet breakfast and a stop at a local supermarket for pasta and lemon soda.

Details

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Felt a bit like Christmas last week when we got another delivery of light switches and dimmers, light bulbs, door handles, pull bars and locks. And Buster+Punch have also changed their packaging which now looks even better. Thumbs up for making cardboard look amazing and for all the little details like the envelopes and laser cut foam.
Had to take a couple of quick pics of course. Can't wait until we get to a part in the renovation where we actually get to put all of it up! We did at least get another 2 walls up yesterday and today I did started painting our bedroom doorway matte black. Completely forgot to take pictures inside the apartment though so there'll have to be an update on that next week instead.






Yet another building work update

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As you can probably tell, not much is happening here apart from normal work and building work.
The renovation is slowly moving forward, we had a bit of a setback this week as we discovered the upstairs neighbour's water is coming into our flat through what looks like a broken pipe in our ceiling/their floor - so inside the building structure.. Hmmpf. More on that as it develops I guess. But that meant we had to even take some of the new wall that we've put up out. On the upside at least it didn't happen after it had all been plastered and painted. But it does also mean we can't really work too much on the wall frames we need to get up for the new bathroom which is slightly frustrating.

We've still managed to get up some more plasterboard and insulation making the place very warm to work in, especially given that it's been quite warm here to start. And luckily for me Ross has had help carrying all the plasterboards up the 4 flights of stairs from Brice, Ben and …

Double birthday

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Ross and I traveled to Sweden via Copenhagen this weekend to celebrate my mother's 70th and my grand father's 95th birthdays. Since we travelled into Copenhagen on Thursday evening we met up at Bakken amusement park on Friday to enjoy some rollercoasters before heading to Torekov. We all had a great time and got lucky with the rain only starting just before we were leaving. On the Saturday the whole family met up at Torekovs golf club for drinks and early dinner before spending the evening out in the back garden. You forget for how long it stays light and how early the sun comes up in Sweden in the summer!
The weekend of course also brought this year's first 2 swims in the ocean. We even had to take 2 cars down there in the morning to fit everyone! And then of course lots of playtime with the nephews, games of kubb and skipbo and even a run in the rain. All in all we managed to fit so many things into the weekend and had a great time catching up with everyone. Quite tired …

Doors

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We got some new metal framing and doors up this weekend. The new rooms are starting to take shape and it's getting easier and easier to visualise the end result.