It's been a pretty full on year for the pair of us at Maison Grillou, has 2016. Yes, I know, I know, they always are (one day we'll slow down, honest ... though perhaps not quite yet!). But this year has been one of The Big Ones. I've been looking back.
We began the year as it went on, really - with paintbrush in hand! Not only over at Maison Leela, where work continued right up to spring and beyond, but also in L'Atelier d'Artiste where after completely repainting the kitchen walls, I decided at the (very) last minute to give a few bits of furniture the chalk paint'n'wax treatment to lighten up a slightly gloomy corner. Yep, you first guests of the season never knew, did you, that I was in there waxing and buffing right into the early hours before you arrived?!
We've been writing here and there and about this and that since we arrived at Maison Grillou in 2007, just as we did back in our Norfolk days. From 2008 all the way up to the end of 2012 I blogged regularly about our first years in the Ariège and our - um - adventures renovating this house and welcoming its first guests. If you really have nothing better to do (or just want to see what we used to look like or know what we got up to in those days), you can still read those early posts here: