Tòti’s got a hat!

There she is, Tòti with her roof firmly in place! The next step will be to encapsulate the roof surface. The special linen cloth will be imbedded in 3 coats of epoxy resin. When that is completely cured, we plan to cover it with three coats of marine paint which should make it waterproof for years to come. At the moment, I am planning to paint the roof white.



This is the roofing team, our friends and neighbors. We completed one side in a morning and I prepared a nice lunch which we enjoyed under the trees. The next morning the other side went even easier and faster. Mark’s weeks of concern ended in a well organized and easy task.


Work in progress….












And the inside view….There is plenty of headroom, even for Mark’s 6 ft 3.


















I am continuing to take early morning forest wanders in the caleche with Vanille. Each time I learn something new and my relationship with Vanille continues to improve. She is a wondrous animal!

On the weekend, we traveled to the jazz village of Marciac to see André’s incredible photo exhibit. Take a look here:


The photos are exquisitely printed in a very large format. It is an amazing body of work. He has brought the energy of the trees into the gallery. I had the feeling they were speaking to me.

We had a lovely visit with his generous, creative and thoughtful Roulotte Papillotte family. It was our very first sleep in a gypsy wagon. I was very happy that Mark enjoyed it as much as I did. A night in a gypsy wagon is cozy and comforting. One feels that nature is very close but yet we are protected from the elements in our little cocoon.

A lovely book I discovered:

Reves de Roulottes, author Jeanne Bayol

An excellent book on working with epoxy:

Epoxy Basics, author Russell Brown




About Suzanne

American living in France. Artist and lover of nature, gardening, all living beings. Married to the love of my life, mother of two wonderful daughters and grandmother.
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2 Responses to Tòti’s got a hat!

  1. N2 says:

    So exciting to see Toti with her hat on :o). You all are making great progress. Can’t wait to see it in person. I am coming unexpectedly early, arriving in Soreze on Sept 1 and staying until Oct 7. Hugs from here and soon from there. x0, N2

  2. Will you be able to make me one when you are finished? lol The tree exhibit looks amazing, I would love to have seen it. Roulotte, trees, it is all so inspiring!!!!

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