Sunday 28 May: Day 5: Stripping in the rain

Not a lot to say about today.

I needed to get window stripped, but its raining.

Nothing for it but to strip in the rain!

So I don my swimming costume and an old T shirt of Rogers he’d left behind and strip.

It takes forever. The paint is really stubborn in places. Some it has to have 9, Yes 9 applications of stripper. 

But I do it! And feel quietly proud of myself. 

The rain stops and isn’t forecast until later tonight so I decide to prime the door. 

Almost as soon as I’ve finished the rain starts! That’s not meant to happen.   I hope it doesn’t bugger it up.

A photo from the municipal magazine that I catch up reading in the afternoon.

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Saturday 27 May

I had a restless night as it rained heavily in the night, so I don’t hear when Sara leaves early to go to Vannes market.

When I do eventually wake up, it’s straight to work with the gel.

The instructions say leave on for 5 mins to remove 3 layers of paint.

Hmm, I try this to start with but have to revert to leaving it for 30 minutes.

I hate to think how many layers are on here!

But I get there eventually!

I’m not sure what I should do about the Silicon though so post a question on Facebook.

I get conflicting opinions, some say take it off, others say leave. So confusing!

My friend Jo advises that I should use Primer even though the paint I have says it’s not needed.

So it’s a trip into Ploermel.

In Weldom, I buy more stripper, silicon gel and primer. This is costing me a fortune.

I also remember to get a set of keys cut for Sara. Our front door one costs a ridiculous €25 as it’s a special one.

I buy a few more foodie bits in L’Eclerc, including just two eggs. They are local ones that cost 33c each.

Back to the house, and say goodbye to Sara who is heading home now.

Whilst I’m going to head to the beach at Pointe du Bil again.

I park my bike and the Gendarmes turn up…luckily they aren’t after me!

When I get back home it’s still light, so I decide to crack on with some more stripping, this time on my bedroom window

Friday 26 May: Day 4: Stripping( of the DIY type

I’m awake early this morning, but after a coffee in bed I fall back asleep till gone 9am. 

What a lazybones!

Especially when Sara was up and out to go and find a pitch at a market about 40 minutes away.

Once I’m up, I throw on some old clothes and start my chores: firstly putting up the new washing line and secondly stripping the paint from the patio doors.

Here’s a couple of Before pictures.

As you can see in some places the paint has already peeled off, but in others it’s solid.

I hadn’t realised it was going to be such hardwork!

Here’s my stripper outfit!

Hair tied back and glasses to stop the paint chips.

After a whole morning of scraping, it doesn’t feel like I’ve achieved much.

After lunch I take half an hour rest in the shade on my lounger. 
Here’s the view, three ways:

Late afternoon Sara and I head for the beach.

We stop off on the way to pick up some Gel Paint stripper.

We go to Plage Sainte Barbe, The write up says it is off the beaten track and family friendly It’s high tide and when we get there it is packed, and is more of a surfing than swimming beach.

So we decide to try another beach, further down the coast.

Theres quite a few to choose from, but the problem, even at this time of the day is parking.

It’s a lovely little sandy beach,  with just a hint of surf.

I will definitely be coming back here.

A reminder for future visits. Take the road to Quiberon but turn off at this sign 

We stay at the beach for a couple of hours, then drive home, stopping on the way to pick up a Burger King!