K: It’s Monday morning and I’m heading into Albi to try and get my car registration finally sorted. I was sure I had the system sussed, and was very pleased with myself, but there’s no way in France you only have to attempt a something like this once. It will keep coming back to bite you on the bottom until the town hall collective think you’ve realised who’s boss!
My next brush with officialdom will be this week too. We’re preparing our planning declaration in order to have velux windows put in the roof. The roof and guttering desperately need to started, but there’s no point fitting the windows at a later date, so this is holding up the whole process. Claude [The mayor], though, has offered me his help to make sure the application is complete, which is a huge relief. If we can get this completed this week, then hopefully we can appoint a contractor and get the roof started towards the end of December – clearly not the best time, but the contractors I’ve met have assured me they can work in patches according to forecast periods of good weather.
We also discovered we don’t need to apply for permission to change the windows, so we’ve started shopping around for double glazed units. I think we’re going to get a real shock when the temperatures plummet.
On the subject of lower temperatures outside, we’ve notice the start of what I have been assured is a yearly migration of field mice. One of the little blighters surprised me last week as I was about to have a shower. We’ve decided the best prevention will be to get a cat or two. Laurette [our estate agent and now good friend] has been on the lookout for a couple of kittens for us this weekend, so watch this space for a couple of new additions!
My 7 weeks off work are drawing to a close – I can’t believe it’s ending already! A week tomorrow, I will start my life as a flying commuter, on the 0830 TLS-LHR flight. I hope I manage to cope with it. Too late if I don’t!