Noël en France.

December 28, 2011
For those of you who were following the 5 Days of Christmas, I apologise; instead of advocating another potential purchase, I spent my Christmas Eve rambling around the bones of an old French townhouse, guzzling bière de Noël and generally being a sub-par blogger…
As an appeasement I offer a photo-diary of sorts including shots of what – come July 2012 – is to be my Nord-Pas-de-Calais-based sister’s new home. It’s semi-ruinous at the moment but still undeniably impressive, equipped with at least five bedrooms, a host of marble fireplaces, three floors, two gardens and a two-floored outhouse. For those of you vaguely familiar with French geography, you’ll know the sleepy town of Fruges is a (very) far cry from the chic distinction of Paris so don’t go getting too jealous. Still, provincialism only slightly mars the brilliance of property like this peanuts…

The town itself…

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And the house…

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^ Urs & I

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^ We counted at least five layers of wallpaper plastered onto this wall, one was crafted from newspaper cuttings circa late 19th century. 

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^ This junk-room reminded me of The Others a bit…

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^ Back garden the first…

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^ And back garden the second…

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^ The excitement for house-sitting grows…

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If this isn’t the year’s oddest Christmas-themed post, I really don’t know what is. Love to you all and keep tuned for a special New Year’s series from some of’s favourite men.

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  • ana December 28, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    great photos! the house looks dreamy AND i have a crush on your coat

  • Mat January 3, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    this is crazy! this is going to be one exciting time. a nice nod to urban exploration this post too