Back to reality and a job both Neil and I have taken turns in putting off - the dreaded planning application. We want to turn a hangar at the back of our house (luckily already on the cadastre (plan) of the house as an existing structure)into a workshop for Neil, so that we can take all his equipment out of the room that will one day be our lounge.
Why oh why are these forms so complicated? - I need an idiots guide to completing this form so that I can have permission (not to need permission) for this structure.
I suppose the equivalent forms in the UK may be just as complicated, but at least I would have half a chance of understanding some of the technical lingo.
A French friend of ours is exasperated at our wish to do everything by the book and swears that as the only power the officials have is to say no, we shouldn't give them the opportunity to say it by not asking in the first place, but we hear such horror stories of Brits in France taking the absolute piss and we do not wish to join them.
We must also knuckle down and improve our French. We have been invited for aperos soon, and I think Neil and I should have some practice beforehand so we appear more fluent. The biggest challenge is still thinking on our feet when we are asked something unexpected but we are slowly improving. I had quite a complicated conversation with a delivery company on the phone yesterday when I wasn't expecting it, and I wouldn't have been able to do that when we arrived two and a half years ago.