Friday, August 12, 2016

Dream (s)

Cottage Door Project - part 1


Cottage: So we've had a huge project each year since we met. There was the year of the concrete slab, the year of the downstairs windows, the year of the downstairs wall insulation, the year of the kitchen and the year of the upstairs insulation. What is it going to be this year?

Cottage : On a eu un gros projet chaque année depuis que l'on s'est rencontré. Il y a eu l'année de la dalle de sol, l'année des fenêtres du rez-de-chaussée, l'année de l'isolation des murs, l'année de la cuisine et l'année de l'isolation du toit. Qu'est-ce qui est prévu, cette année ?

1.
 
Me: The year of nothing!

Cottage: The year of what??? But I had heard something about the living-room walls and paint?

2.

Moi : Rien !

Cottage : Comment ça, rien ? Je n'avais pas entendu parler de peinture sur les murs du salon ?

3.

Me: Yes, I know. I had promised you I would get started on that... But the doctor decided diffently.

Cottage: You talk about me with your doctor?

Me: No, not exactly. But since I was feeling better thanks to the new diet, she said it was time to try a new medicine. It made me feel awful: I had all the side effects, but none of the "first" effects that we were looking for.

4.

Moi : Oui, oui, c'était prévu. Mais le docteur en a décidé autrement.

Cottage : Elle t'a interdit de peindre, peut-être ?

Moi : Mais, non. Elle a seulement eu l'idée, puisque je me sentais vraiment mieux grâce au régime, d'essayer un médicament plus puissant. J'ai eu tous les effets secondaires - tous très joyeux bien entendu - mais aucun des effets escomptés.

5.
 
Cottage: Oh, that was the reason I saw you go from the bed to the sofa, holding your back and wincing every time you took the stairs for two weeks? Why didn't you stop swallowing those things before?

Me: You know me, I'm all stubborn and the Internet said that this medicine worked for 95%  of the patients... So I tried really hard. 

6.

Cottage : Ah, mais c'est la raison pour laquelle tu as passé deux semaines à te traîner du lit au canapé en te tenant le dos et en grimaçant chaque fois que tu montais ou descendais l'escalier ? Mais pourquoi tu n'as pas arrêté d'avaler ces trucs plus tôt ? 

Moi : Bah, tu me connais, je suis super têtue et Internet disait que le médicament marchait dans 95% des cas, alors j'ai persévéré...

7.
 
Cottage: You do look awfully skinny now that I look at you. I mean, where are your breasts? I understand why your bras stay in the drawer... What I don't understand, though, is why you keep buying new ones?

Me: It's a girl's thing, I can't explain.

8.

Cottage : C'est du joli. Maintenant tu es toute fatiguée et toute maigre. Franchement, où est passée ta poitrine ? Je comprends pourquoi tes soutien-gorge restent dans le tiroir. Ce que je ne comprends pas, c'est pourquoi tu continues d'en acheter...

Moi : C'est un truc de fille pour se sentir mieux, tu ne peux pas comprendre.  

9.

Cottage: Nevermind. I do think you deserve some rest. It's not the "year of nothing", it's the "year of you".  My painted living-rom walls will remain a dream, at least for a little while.

Cottage : Bon, passons. Tu mérites de t'occuper de toi. D'ailleurs, ce n'est pas l'année de "rien", c'est l'année de toi ! Mes murs ne seront peints qu'en rêve pour l'instant.  

10.
Me: You're so nice with me, Cottage. And not all dreams are meant to be realised, after all. I've always dreamed of a beautiful front door...

Cottage: Oh, that's why you illustrate our conversation with pictures of front doors that have nothing to do with what we're talking about!

11.

Moi : Tu es gentil, Cottage. Et puis, tous les rêves ne sont pas faits pour être réalisés. Tu sais, moi, j'ai toujours rêvé d'une belle porte d'entrée...

Cottage : Ah, mais c'est pour ça que tu illustres cet article de photos qui n'ont aucun rapport avec notre conversation.

12.

Me: Yes, as I'm trying to get back in shape after those stupid two weeks, I decided to walk to the church village and I noticed how beautiful some front doors were.

Cottage: So I guess we're even. You won't paint my walls and I can't offer you a front door...

13.

Moi : J'essaie de reprendre un peu d'activité physique après ces deux semaines à me traîner et en marchant jusqu'à l'église l'autre jour, j'ai remarqué que beaucoup de portes d'entrée me faisaient de l’œil.

Cottage : Donc égalité : toi, tu ne me peins pas et moi, je n'ai pas de porte d'entrée...

14.
 
Me: It was one of the very few things that bugged me when I met you. Your door is at the back and also serves as a window... But, you've been so understanding lately, I think I could gather the energy for a small project and work on your front/back door/window. What do you say?

15.

Moi :  C'est vrai, c'est un des rares trucs qui m'embêtait quand je t'ai rencontré. Ta porte est sur l'arrière et sert aussi de fenêtre... Mais, tu te montres tellement compréhensif en ce moment, si je rassemblais mes forces pour un petit projet ? Que dirais-tu que l'on s'attaque à cette porte/fenêtre ?

Cottage: Oh, I always love when you take care of me!

Cottage : Oh, moi, du moment que tu t'occupes de moi, je suis content !

See you soon for news on that small project!

A bientôt pour vous donner des nouvelles de ce projet !




PS1: This post was not written to whine or in order for you to be worried for me. I was just explaining my absence on the blog this summer. 

PS1 : Cet article n'a pas été écrit  pour que vous me plaigniez. J'expliquais juste mon absence du blog ces derniers temps.

PS2: As I was driving with a friend last week, she noticed a strange bird flying over the car. I recognise a heron and I joked : "Gaston is back!" The next day, who did I see in the field behind Cottage? Gaston standing at the same spot as last year. So I guess, it was him flying back to spend the end of summer with us again.


PS2 : Comme j'étais en voiture avec une amie il y a quelques jours, elle a remarqué un oiseau étrange qui nous survolait. J'ai reconnu un héron et en riant, je lui ai dit : "Gaston est de retour". Mais le lendemain, qui était posté dans le champ derrière Cottage au même endroit que l'an dernier ? Gaston ! Je pense donc qu'il est revenu passer la fin de l'été ici avant de s'envoler à l'automne pour des contrées plus chaudes.

PS3: Do those front doors also make you wonder what it's like behind them?

PS3: Et vous ? Ces portes d'entrée vous font-elles aussi rêver ? De ce qui se cache derrière elles, notamment?

48 comments:

  1. Ma chère Magali,

    YOU need to rest. Stay clear of those medicines!!!! I wish you health through proper rest because if your teaching schedule is anything like mine, you are probably getting ready to go back to school, aren't you! My summer has been one of rest and not any stress whatsoever. That is reserved for the school year! REST REST REST. One day, I know your dreams will come true. Look at how many have already come true! You are such a hard worker! Welcome back, both you and Cottage, to Blogland!

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  2. je suis comme toi, Magali: curieuse de ce qu'il se cache derrière les portes et les fenêtres ( peut être du bonheur, mais peut être aussi de la peine ... ) mais je pense que tu parles déco , et là aussi , j'aime entrevoir des intérieurs dans la lumière des fenêtres , l'hiver !!!
    toujours aussi plaisant, tes billets ;-)
    à bientôt
    Odile

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  3. sometimes medicines do you help you and some times those side effects are more than we can handle. I always have so much work to do around my house and yard and I do not have the energy to do it. And this has been the year of the eye problem for me - it is hard to do the work needed when you have a hard time focusing right. I hope you will get to your home challenges this coming year now that you are feeling better. I love seeing all those doors - so pretty.

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  4. We know you are a hard worker and not a complainer, so followers won't take it that way but we are happy you told us a little of why you were under the weather. Meds are wonderful when they work and sometimes horrid when they don't! Listen to cottage, this needs to be the year of you! Goodness with your busy schedule and all you've done for cottage you need a break and lots of rest so you will be ready when you have to go back to teaching. Rest your body and let you mind work on the perfect door and paint. When you feel better you will be good to go with your plans! Take care sweet friend, your cottage is already perfectly adorable.............

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  5. as they say..you need to take of you before you're any good to anyone else..i hope you find the answers to get you're health back on track..take the rest of your time away from school easy..relax with your books an tea..an spend some time on the beach..nothing like the sun an sand to sooth the soul..

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  6. I hope that you are doing well. It can really stink to not feel well and be a lone. Oh ya, I forgot you have your kitties and I have my grands. I love the doors and I do often wonder whats going on inside. Have a great week. xx Jo

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  7. A year of nothing - or a year of one or two very small projects sounds good - as does recuperation!
    The doors? Well, I love them. I will have to paint our front door this month. We had it put on in November and it was white. I decided to live with it for a bit, and now I am ready to go!

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  8. Oh, how lovely each entrance is and how each door invites us (I wish.) to go inside and see what lies within. Hope you are feeling better soon. Postponing the painting of the room will allow more time to watch the light enter and make certain of your color choice.
    Ginene

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  9. I hope you're OK, Magali; you know how I worry - almost as much as Cottage. I'm confused about which door is which, but they all look splendid - and, of course, we wonder what's behind them all. Ah - you've got Gaston, have you? Well, hang onto him for a bit, to give our neighbour a chance to replenish her pond... Take care - do what the doctor says!

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  10. J'adore imaginer ce qui peut se passer derrière toutes ces portes et celle qui me plait le plus c'est sans conteste la ""8"", je la trouve superbe.
    J'espère que tu vas vite te remettre et je te fais plein de bises. Caresses aux félins. Babette

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  11. il y a de bien jolies portes d'entrée dans cet article !! j'aime les portes d'entrée où l'on voit à travers (même si j'ai découpé un drap brodé en guise de rideau occultant pour la nôtre) et lorsqu'il y a une imposte vitrée au-dessus, c'est encore mieux !!
    je n'aime pas du tout les 2, 6 et 7 mais les 10, 12, 13 sont très jolies et la 15 a ma préférence (en espérant qu'elle ne soit pas en pvc)
    bon week-end certainement festif en Bretagne
    monique59

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  12. A year of nothing sounds good right now with our remodel taking forever..Doors do seem to reflect the soul of the house and what's to come. Hope your feeling better soon..and hope Gaston stay for a long visit.

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  13. I'm glad you updated us on what's happening. We don't always need to hear of a project--just a visit with you and Cottage. I enjoyed seeing all the doors; I painted mine sunny yellow. Time to relax and watch Gaston...how nice that he's come back to see you.

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    1. Thanks, Vikki. Cottage seems more impatient than my readers!

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  14. Tu nous distilles les projets au fur et à mesure et tu entretien le suspense jusqu'au bout, hoooo, j'ai hâte de savoir ce que tu vas faire cette fois à ton cher cottage...
    Allez remets toi bien et revient nous en pleine forme (et avec les formes haaaa)
    @ bientôt

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  15. {I think a year of rest is in order. Tell Cottage to relax, you will get around to that when you feel better.

    So sorry that you have been ill, take care of yourself and feel better.

    Enjoy your weekend.

    Mary

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  16. Sorry the medication did that to you!! Just say you are unique!! LOL Anxious to see what you are going to do. Take care.

    Judy

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  17. My sweet Magali, I am so sorry to hear you have been so unwell. Oh, how I hope you are back to your normal healthy self soon. Take care of YOU, dear one, and rest up.

    Love and hugs!

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  18. Les produits chimiques et toi vous ne faites pas bon ménage ! Normal puisque tu es bio jusqu'au bout des ongles de pied... alors les produits chimiques se vengent quand tu en prends ! J'espère que tu vas vite retrouver la forme ! Bisous

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  19. I think it is good to have a year of you. Cottage will just have to wait a while longer. Love all the pretty front doors. Feel better!

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  20. I'm so sorry you've been feeling poorly - how terrible for you! Please rest, Cottage will still be there when you feel better - xo

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  21. Magali espero que te recuperes un poquito cada dia tu salud es lo primero tomalo con calma Cottage lo entiende gracias por las fotos de puertas me encantaron y por ultimo cuidate mucho, carinos :) nelly

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    1. Gracias , Nelly . Estoy en una nueva medicina y me siento un poco mejor .

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  22. My best and dearest wishes to feel better soon!! Not being well can be hard on the spirit, but you manage to make this blog shine with optimism! My deepest respect for that! And my door choice is 13 but of course you need to adjust the colour to match the shutters :-) Greetings, Marie

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    1. Door 13 belongs to a house that is for sale... Maybe you could buy it?

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    2. I feel tempted to do so. Maybe I need to come over and take a look first :-) A cottage in Brittany has been a dream of mine for ages .... you started me dreaming ! Marie

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    3. Actually this one is too close to the road, I think. And I'm not sure there's a garden... You can have a look at the very vintage inside here:
      https://www.leboncoin.fr/ventes_immobilieres/930272446.htm?ca=6_s
      But I sure would love to renovate it!

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    4. Merci for the info !!

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  23. I love that Gaston is back to look after you and cottage.

    Feel better, take care of you!

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  24. Your health is a priority above everything else and you can have more time thinking what's the next step with Mr. Cottage. A window on the front door like number 13 is nice. Now I have the song "Be My Guest" stuck in my head, thanks to Gaston, love the movie:)
    Kathleen in Az

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  25. I'm so sorry you're having health problems. You are number one - the cottage can wait. You have to take care of yourself first and foremost!

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  26. Of course I wonder what's going on behind those doors in a strange place so far away! In live near the coast in southeastern North Carolina, USA. We've lived in our house for a year, and it's about time we got started on some kind of project! Take your time. Cottage isn't going anywhere, and neither are you! I'm sorry you're not feeling your best, so take care of yourself, and for now, cottage will take care of cottage! Best wishes. Fonda

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  27. Where are my breasts?? Ha!! Yep, some of those meds can be awful. Take care of yourself Magali!

    xo
    -andi

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  28. Chère Magali! I just saw you came by my blog to see I am featured! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit us! So my friend, when la rentrée for you? I go back to the school next week for planning and preparations, then on August 29, the kids come back. I can't believe it!

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  29. I love that vintage blue door...it has a lot of personality :)

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  30. I often wonder ... what is it like behind that door!
    When you look around there are so many different syles, colours and types. I'm sure they could all tell a story.

    Glad that Gaston is back!

    Take care of yourself

    All the best Jan

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  31. Since my boss made me head of her new school I know that I cannot afford to be ill but we can't risist against nature changing climate made me sick yes common cold and flu but I had to go to school and glad my prayers were answered and I recovered soon hope you get well soon dear
    Lovely pic n writing

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  32. I like number one, three and six but maybe it is the color blue influencing me. Also number seven, but it maybe is too formal for Cottage? I hope you feel better and enjoy the rest of summer.

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    1. Number 7 is lovely, but I'd love to be able to see my garden more from the door...

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  33. When one door closes, another opens, right? I hope that you are on your way to better health, Magali! Thanks for sharing all these gorgeous doors; they remind me so much of the beauties on Crete, that I have also photographed, many, many times. Something so mysteriously mystifying about adorable doors, huh?

    Poppy

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  34. Well we have missed you! So sorry that you have not been feeling well. Hope you continue to feel better. I love your cottage and your door! But every thing you do is fabulous! Just remember it's the year of you. Your health comes first my friend.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  35. Qu'importe la maison pourvu que la porte d'entrée soit belle...

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  36. You are always in my thoughts. I hope that you are doing well. When do you have to go back to school? We started today.

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  37. Sorry to hear you've had such a rough summer, Magali! Hope by now you are feeling better. Yes, I'd like to peek behind every one of those front doors!

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