The diary of Brenda, Jim and Rufus at Moulin du Clout from March 2010 to November 2011. (We have returned for a second year and now a third year until Mid July 2012))
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Compromise de Vente
The river after much rain
During the first three days of this week we
have had almost continual rain. Varying from a slight drizzle to torrential
rain and the valley has been wreathed in mist cutting off the tops of the
trees. Every vista from the house is of dripping greenery. It seemed, at times,
like living in a bowl of wet lettuce!
Fortunately the electricity supply and broadband
have not failed so I have been able to amuse myself with several games of
Wednesday – The signing of the compromise de vente. Jim (acting for Matthew) and Bernd attended the notaire in Maurs. The business was conducted in a mixture of English, French, German and some Dutch for good measure. Bernd has until the end of August to find the purchase money and after completion the place will be his. All we have to do is to enjoy ourselves for the rest of our time here and then remove our belongings. Some task.
Later in the day when walking along the Nature Trail we saw further, more recent evidence of wild boar including footprints.
I also spotted another flower:
Before he left for Frankfurt we drank a toast to the success of the sale with Bernd using his homemade schnapps. It is quite tasty. He gave us the remains of the bottle and I gave him some Welsh cakes.
Bernd and Jim exchange farewells
Today as we walked with Rufus along the
Nature Trail we met a snake lying across the path.. Rufus saw him first and
alerted us by barking. It was a splendid Western Whip about two – three feet
long. He made threatening movements, although they are not venomous, but I
removed the still barking Rufus so that Jim could take a photo. The snake then
disappeared quickly into the undergrowth.
Friday we collected Peter and Jennifer from Rodez airport. They will be here until 3rd June. Weather continued fine on Saturday so we all chilled out enjoying the sunshine and the wine. Jim did a bit more wall building. The wall is nearly finished.
Peter reading Barnaby Rudge under the trees with headless dog