Thursday, June 20, 2019


These little mauve, or purple, flowers look like blackberry blossoms to me. The plant's stem is thorny, which is what makes me think it might be a blackberry. The plant is very small, therefore young. I saw it on the edge of one of the vineyard parcels out back where there are many bigger blackberry brambles. Most of the berries are eaten by the wildlife.

The purple flowers caught my eye.

Work continues on the upstairs half-bath. Some of the framing of the room is up as is the chassis for the toilet. We're getting "suspended" toilets for both WCs. They don't touch the floor, but hang off the wall. All the brackets and mechanisms for flushing are hidden behind the wall. It's a clean look, and it will make actual cleaning much easier. We'll be sure to post photos once they're installed.

Meanwhile, Ken has ordered the sink, cabinet, and faucet that will be installed upstairs. They should be delivered between now and the weekend. The sink and its cabinet are also "suspended" from the WC wall, so there will be nothing touching the floor!


  1. I hope it is a strong wall.

  2. I love the idea of nothing touching the floor! Can’t wait to see it.

  3. Is this the new "look" in France, today?
    I agree, the contractor must be using some very strong brackets because porcelain toilets are not lightweight! (I know, because I made sure I bought a replacement toilet that came in two parts so I was able to carry it!)
    Also, I do like the idea of being able to clean the floor so easily without the ins and outs normally.
    I will be eager to see your finished half-bath.

  4. I can't wait to see this WC of yours, I doubt if I've ever seen one like it before.

  5. I've seen a couple of bathrooms with the nothing-on-floor look, and they're very streamlined feeling. Plus, as you say, cleaning is easier. European plumbing trends seem to be ahead of US ones in that regard. Looking forward to seeing all the bits and pieces assembled.

  6. andrew, well, I kind of misled you. The fixture isn't really attached to the wall but to a frame inside the wall that's bolted to the floor.

    mitch, just our feet!

    mary, maybe so. I see them more and more.

    evelyn, we're anxious to see it, too!

    emm, work will pause for the weekend, so the fixtures probably won't be installed until next week.

  7. When I lived in the midwest the sky would turn mauve just before certain types of snow fall.


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