It is amazing how quickly events set into motion gain a momentum of their own! After a month of exhausting preparation, we put our house on the market on June 22nd. Less than a week later we had accepted an offer, and our house is now in escrow. And in six short weeks we will be on a plane headed to France!
Our "To Do" list is growing exponentially as we prepare for our late August departure to France. Every day has been jam-packed with gathering material for our visa applications, figuring out what to pack, store, ship, sell and toss, plus making time to take Berlitz French lessons 5 days a week. We all feel like we have been tossed into a salad spinner!
The next big hurdle is securing the Carte Compétences et Talents (visa) before our departure. Our French immigration lawyer has almost finished assembling all of the paperwork, and then we will be at the mercy of the various government agencies to approve it and issue the visa. It is a bit of a concern because we are nearing the month of August, when almost all government activity in France grinds to a halt. Fingers crossed!
The other item of some concern was the house we will be leasing in Bedoin. We had only seen a few snapshots of the empty house, and since we are committing to a year there, everyone was imagining showing up to move into a ruin. Happily, some friends who live an hour away were nice enough to meet the owner at the property, and sent a glowing report, along with photos of the house and garden.
Although the past few weeks have been frantic and stressful, one thing has been abundantly clear: I'd rather be in a tumbled down ruin together, than in a chateau away from my family.
It is terrific to be together and working towards the same goal. On y va!