Nutty Squirrel

A loud red squirrel caught my attention in the park. Camera always on hand, I zoomed in and we watched it nibble away.

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You might imagine a squirrel would be quiet and unobtrusive. Yet the squirrels in our local park are pretty loud when they eat. The sound is a regular gnawing chipping like affair.

Saturday’s encounter was not the first time a loud squirrel had caught my attention while it was eating. Maybe it is just one particularly loud squirrel that does this. Maybe the other squirrels shun this poor squirrel for its unchecked eating volume.

We stopped and watched the red squirrel eat its seed or nut for while. When we stopped the squirrel stopped eating. A moment later it resumed eating and stared back us. Runners passed by while we watched and the squirrel did not flinch.

A short film of the red squirrel is available on my YouTube channel and embedded below.

The footage I took revealed how long and sharp the squirrel’s claws are. Thankfully the park’s squirrels are friendly and frequently take food offered to them from out stretched arms.

A squirrel sitting safely high in a tree.
A squirrel sitting safely high in a tree.
Red squirrel in the park.
Red squirrel in the park.
Red squirrel in Lyon's parc de la tete d'or.
Red squirrel in Lyon’s parc de la tete d’or.
Red squirrel up a tree eating.
Red squirrel up a tree eating.

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Dry Ink

An unexpected e-mail early this morning made me happy. The long awaited document had arrived.

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The ink has dried on our land purchase. This morning the attestation arrived. The legal stage is done.

The attestation is a two page document bearing the stamp of a notaire. It sets out the details of the purchase and acts as proof the land transfer is complete. The attestation lets us demonstrate to the builder and infrastructure providers that the plot is ours.

The garden is going to be a challenge.
The garden is going to be a challenge.

Getting to this stage is more a relief than a celebration. We will celebrate the moment, but right now, I am simply pleased to have the legal side complete.

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Wet Ink

After nearly a year of delays, we have signed and paid for the land. Our home is one step closer.

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The ink is still wet but we have signed. After close to a year of delays, today we signed to purchase a little plot of land in France.

The absolute purchase will not happen for a few days yet but both parties have signed and we have paid. Now the notaire needs to do the last chunk of paperwork and this long legal process will be finished.

A notaire plaque is displayed outside the office.
A notaire plaque is displayed outside the office.

When we first made the offer to buy, I never imagined the process to hand someone the money could take so long. There have been problems. We have had to fight and be persistent. At times it has been horrible. That period is ending.

Now we can look forward and get on with all that we postponed from last year. I am looking forward to this year being far more productive.

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Château de Versailles

After my previous post about the Grand Trianon in the grounds of the Château de Versailles, I thought I’d share a few photos of the actual palace and gardens.

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After my previous post about the Grand Trianon in the grounds of the Château de Versailles, I thought I’d share a few photos of the actual palace and gardens.

Entry gates to the palace, Versailles
You are greeted by these golden gates when you arrive at the palace
Gallery of battle portraits
The gallery of battle portraits – one of the quietest rooms in the palace
Hall of Mirrors, Versailles
Remember I said it was crowded? This is the famous Hall of Mirrors
The gardens stretch as far as the eye can see - Versailles
The gardens stretch as far as the eye can see.
Part of Versailles's extensive formal gardens
Part of Versailles’s extensive formal gardens

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