Friday, 21 March 2008

The grass is greener...

We have a fairly large garden at Pech de la Mas - it's huge. Fortunately Pavlos also has this cool ride on mower..  I have always wanted to use one of these.

The weather report for the Easter weekend is crap, even predicting snow!!  I wanted to get in and finish the lawns while they were still dry.  Needless to say it was good fun..

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James if you visit us I will let you have a turn.. a speed limit will apply though. 

Ah.. should also mention. We saw a fox today as we were on our way to pick up kids, it was just 50 metres down the road from the gate. It stopped looked at the car, walked to side of the road and stood its ground as we drove slowly past. First time I've seen a fox - just as well we don't have any chickens.

Get on yer Bike

After flying our bikes half way around the world, sacrificing poor bambi along the way, it was well past time to clock up a few kilometres on them.

It was a rather auspicious start: Yes - I'm allowed to tell you that Ange fell off at the gate. I thought she was just behind me and got to the top of the hill before I realised I didn't have a tail. Anyway, I do believe that it was my fault, after reassembling the bikes I had set her seat too high.

Here are the obligatory snaps of the day:

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After today I'm sure that these bikes of ours will more than pay for the cost of getting them over here.   I'm so looking forward to exploring the myriad of back roads that crisscross the Dordogne.

Visite M├ędicale

We finally received our letters from the République Française advising us that our medical appointments are booked for the 3rd April in Bordeaux. We need take our passports and a few hundred euros each for some fee or stamp duty. These medicals are required for the Carte de Séjour, our residency permits.  For some reason they have not booked appointments for the kids.. a small relief but I'm sure it's a processing error.

Our fingers are crossed that this will be the final step in what has been a rather drawn out process of getting permission to spend a year in France. 

At this stage it hard to let the bureaucracy get to us. We are already here, having fantastic experiences and we just need to just push on and get through all the red-tape. I am sure that immigrants to NZ have to go through similar endless hurdles.

We must always pity the bureaucrats because they can't experience life without permission in triplicate.