When we pulled off that paper in the grand entrance hall we could see a beautiful smooth plastered wall which had lines painted on it resembling brick work ( if you know what I mean), you can actually see it in the photo in the last post. Archie set about re-painting the walls and re-doing the lines! What a task that was, but he could really work miracles , nothing seemed too difficult a task for him. Whilst he was with us at Roche Hue, he painstakingly made a beautiful complete model of the Chateau by hand, even down to copying the detail of the interior decoration. Each floor lifts out. It took him six months to complete. I still have this generous gift, and I am proud to show you the photo below.
This picture was taken at my third Chateau . It gives a good idea of the model's proportions and of Archies' artisitic craftmanship. He was a sign writer too, and made our entrance sign-board which we erected at the entrance to our driveway .
I found this picture of Archie, fishing in the little lake at La roche Hue.
Sadly Archie died in 2001 just three weeks before my lovely husband passed away. I like to think that they are together, as they were such good pals, and that they are both following my blog memories of such an exciting time.