Sunday, April 04, 2021

What's in a wall?

Here's what's in this one. One of our neighbors is having some work done, but I'm not sure what it is. So far, the enduit (render in British English, exterior stucco layer in American English) has been removed to expose the house's stone wall. That happened last winter and nothing has been done since. I don't recall any cracks or other obvious problems with that section of wall. So, we'll wait and see how the project evolves.

All sizes and shapes of stone went into this wall.

Today is pâques (Easter) in the Christian world. We will prepare our annual meal of rabbit. This year it will be lapin en gibelotte (a rabbit stew), with smoky bacon and mushrooms. I also got what's called a pâté de pâques: seasoned sausage meat and a hard-boiled egg wrapped in flaky pastry. That will be our appetizer. For dessert I'm making an amandine aux figues (fresh fig and almond tart). There may be photos.


  1. I've never seen a stone house wall quite like that. Amazing it's remained strong.

  2. Can't wait for that dinner photo's.....

  3. Very interesting looking wall. Happy bunny day!

  4. I've never thought about it but render is the same as stucco. We use both words and I am not sure which is more common here.

  5. I guess that any size of rock will do if the mortar is good. That pate of paques sounds delicious. Happy Easter!

  6. Pâté de pâques sounds like what we would call "gala pie" - though ours is made with a hot-water pastry crust, which makes it more portable for picnics and such.

  7. Your feast sounds wonderful, and it's kind of a shame to have to cover up that interesting wall.

  8. mitch, maybe it hasn't and that's what's going on. But I don't know.

    jan, on their way.

    bettyann, you too!

    andrew, it seems to be pretty close.

    evelyn, same to you all!

    travel, it was! LOL

    autolycus, sounds good.

    judy, yes!

    chris, maybe it's art? ;)


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