Dealing with French Bureaucracy (or “Not believing a word officials say”)

Yesterday afternoon we got the very exciting news that our septic-tank-fitting-contractor was due to visit today. I assured myself this would be the stage where he and the technician make the final survey and approve all the plans – after which there is a statutory 15 day delay before work can begin. So you can imagine my surprise this morning when I opened the gates at 8am to a lorry full of gravel, towing a trailer with a massive digger on. They weren’t coming to survey – they were coming to do! So much for the MINIMUM 1 month timescale quoted to me by the agency – first meeting to work starting was 16 days! My initial shock gave way to manic gathering of people to clear up the massive chopped tree which was lying exactly where the fosse was to be placed, to happiness that we would shortly have a hygienic water system.

So, this week is turning out to be a busy one. We chose, bought and fitted our big water boiler, and bathroom radiator. We chose the wood burning stove which will be fitted in mum’s apartment. We had meetings with staircase builders. We ordered a ride-on mower, which is being delivered tomorrow along with the rest of our bits and pieces from London (though I have just found out we’re going to need a third journey – not everything fitted in :-((( ). There is a massive antique furniture fair on 15 minutes from us this weekend, and so we’re off to find some nice bits for the house. And a little jazz band with dinner tomorrow night at Cafe Joubert. We have to stop drinking too at some point!

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One thought on “Dealing with French Bureaucracy (or “Not believing a word officials say”)

  1. Rach

    Mon dieu! Methinks the wine is tres necessaire.

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