Karina Waters Secrets To Managing The Restoration of Chateau de Gudanes

Karina Waters Secrets To Managing The Restoration of Chateau de Gudanes

Karina Waters Secrets To Managing The Restoration of Chateau de Gudanes

At night, I try to catch an hour of French television if I can, mainly re – runs of ‘Friends’, with French subtitles. My typical French day should really include much more French!

In all of these processes, each member of my family plays a part. We all help, even in the smallest ways possible. Still together it is impossible to get everything done in one day, but part of this is learning not to stress, and take things too seriously.

We started out a year ago, beginning a restoration project never imagining anyone would be interested in our dream. This is all new to us, and we are learning, as we go, day by day.

A mammoth job needs a muscle or five!

What’s your secret to getting things done?

My exercise book with my ’To Do List’ keeps me focused. I tick off what I have done, and highlight what is still ongoing. I know it’s dated, but I can see what needs to be done clearly, and I can review it easily. During late March, when the blog was shared internationally, I suddenly had numerous Facebook messages and emails. Initially, I organised my email account into folders, with headings including volunteers, television producers, restorers, book publishers etc, which worked well… until I changed my email hosting, and lost all the hard work! Now with my exercise book, I record it all in pen and ink as well.

I try not to procrastinate, but, at the same time, I don’t want to rush things. It’s important I take my time with decisions, and consider people’s requests and emails in a personal way. I don’t want to charge through things. I want to be able to enjoy the process and keep my passion for it. I try to keep this in mind when I need to get things done, as it makes the progress easier.

With stairs everywhere, it’s easy to get fit

I realise I am up against a task larger than myself but embrace the role I am now living. I know the meaning of commitment and hard work, and that each day counts in building this dream.

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  • I too am in the middle of a restoration but in Italy and not with the immense grandeur of the chateau. It is still a work of love, a challenge and an adventure!

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