The brush strokes of autumn are creating a masterpiece of color in all directions. The green grass is covered with the golden leaves that are raining down with each breath of wind. The fields are a tapestry of golds, burnt orange and deep red. The light is crystal clear making the night sky seem closer, the stars brighter and the moon larger. I love this time of year!

My brush has been painting bright colors on Toti, bringing her even more alive. The discovery of a wonderful paint store with two young men who are helpful, patient and never in a rush has made choosing colors a pleasure. They take the time to talk with each client, never hurrying. There is a coffee machine and a table and chairs for those waiting their turn.

The design on the bottom half of the walls is nearly finished. The windows, window frames and shutters will have to wait until next year.

The ceiling beams in Tòti's living area are varnished and the ceiling is a creamy yellow. The sleeping area walls are a teal blue. The next step is to insulate the sleeping area ceiling with sheep's wool insulation and then put up the ceiling fabric. My daughter and granddaughter will be visiting soon and we hope to tackle that project together. We found the sheep's wool insulation online at a reasonable price and there is enough to do the bottom half of all the walls as well. It is extremely lightweight.


Mark has been busy designing and building the driver's seat. We will have the same seat on the other side but we are running out of time before winter prohibits work. We hope to do a test trip with Vanille at the end of October so this driver's seat is a priority at this time. Mark has considered the angle of the seat for easy access to brake pedals and comfort for long trips. The outside armrest is designed to meet with the stem of the sunflower gusset. We discussed the pros and cons of closing in the area under the seat and decided not to do that. Instead the seat is made with slats and there are drain holes where the sides meet the floor so that no moisture can accumulate from rain. When travelling we plan to have a sort of net that hooks across the front under the seat allowing storage of halters and lead lines.

Today cold rain and a damp misty day forces us inside. A blazing fire warms us, Bella sleeps, Mark is reading. The busy construction days of summer are coming to a close. Our season for working is short but it has been interesting and filled with friends. Tòti should be finished next summer.

A great book filled with photos:

Gypsy Wagon Painters, compiled and published by John McKale




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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One Response to Colors

  1. Wow! It is so beautiful and what progress you have made just since last week!

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