What are you doing here? I mean, it’s always lovely to see you, but we weren’t expecting you for another 6 weeks or so.
A loud red squirrel caught my attention in the park. Camera always on hand, I zoomed in and we watched it nibble away.
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.
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.
An unexpected e-mail early this morning made me happy. The long awaited document had arrived.
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.
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.
After nearly a year of delays, we have signed and paid for the land. Our home is one step closer.
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.
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.
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.