Part 2 Officialdom and the gite experience. Oh and family

20Apr
The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt
 In my last blog we were lost in France and I promised to tell you about the official handover of our new home and where we will build our business.

 

It wasn’t smooth sailing that is for sure, it was fraught with stress and, as they say, when things go wrong they go really wrong!
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We had only 2 days in France before having to return our hired removal van to Ireland and finish out our last working weeks. So, waking on Friday morning to a phone call from the Notaire to say the funds were not in the account which could adversely affect the hand over.

Panic set in.

 

 

I have heard negative reports over the problems with French systems and house sales but fortunately for us we had not yet faced any of these. Was this to be that time?

 

No, no it wasn’t the French system but rather it was our own bank’s error back home.

 

We set off early that morning to visit the Notaire to try to sort things. We hadn’t even unpacked the van as we had planned.

 

We were thankful the French Notaire did all he could to help make this handover possible. Several phone calls, faxes and more phone calls to our UK bank. Hours of waiting, bated breath, stress levels screaming though our veins, this was no trifle, it was our future, our lives. How something so simple can cause so much anxiety and potentially change our course.

 

Finally, by late afternoon the funds were on their way and the Notaire, kindly agreed the hand over could proceed.

 

This was it…. last chance to change our minds…
There is no way to adequately describe this momentous moment. I don’t think we have ever been so excited and petrified all at the same time before…..

Except for when we were about to welcome our first born – Daniel Alan Grant – into the world..

 

and then our second – Darren Lee Grant

 

and then our third – Scot Douglas Grant

 

Each was its own wonderful and yet scary experience.

 

 

And then there was the time we moved to Scotland and then to England and then back to Scotland and then back to Ireland…..

 

Perhaps it is not so daunting after all, but it certainly was an awesome moment to sign and make Domaine du Sourire our own.
(With all the hullabaloo earlier we didn’t get the photo’s at the Notaire but made our own mock signing at Domaine du Sourire later that evening!)

 

 

 

 

The end of the month will see us leave Northern Ireland and reside at Domaine du Sourire.

 

New life, new adventures… keep coming back for all the shenanigans at Domaine du Sourire, next up will be the hope behind the vision.

 

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

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