Thursday, September 25, 2008


Tomorrow morning we have to be ready just too early to be real. I have been making lists, getting supplies all week, I've been doing these little mental walk-throughs of the things we are going to accomplish, trying to imagine timeframes and such.

Loic doesn't want to load the car before we leave. He wants to get up a 5am and load the car then, because he thinks that thieves will break in and steal our garage sale second hand accumulated country house stuff between the hours of midnight and 7am on a Thursday evening. That's fine with me. Although I would have preferred to load the car tonight. Because we have to leave early, we have to drive an hour and a half.

We have an appointment with the notaire, nice and early. A notaire is a little bit like a lawyer here, but they specialize in real estate and questions of heritage. There are good notaries and bad ones, something we realized when we ran into the one who is handling this transaction. Our last transaction went impeccably smoothly. This one... Let's just say there have been some silly delays, but tomorrow, it's going to happen.

We will sign the papers, and then the country house will finally be ours. We will go to the house, break open the Champagne, and pour it into the glasses we've packed just for the occasion.

This is going to be the place we escape to. You know, one of those places where we can cook an old hen in a pot for three hours on the wood fueled cast iron stove, and do nothing but read, gather wild herbs, or go for a walk while we're waiting for the old hen to cook. It will be the place where our skis will be hanging in the kitchen and we can just put them outside and glide out into the Alpine countryside during the winter. We'll ladle broth from an old hen over hand yanked spuds kept in a bin and pour a nice glass of local wine. Lamplight, candle light, who knows. Maybe we'll be able to concentrate here. This is the kind of place where things will be noted in writing. By hand. Drawings will be made. Paintings. Things will be constructed with wood. This is in stark contrast to our city home.

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Blogger Once Upon a Plate said...

How exciting Lucy~ I'm wishing you and L. a lifetime of happiness and all the best in your new country home; it sounds perfectly lovely!

11:52 PM, September 25, 2008  
Anonymous Lucy said...

I am so pleased for you both.

Wild herbs, old hens...glorious. Enjoy it. I'm wishing you a smooth, delicious transition.

Now, is the offer 'come visit' still on offer?

12:49 AM, September 26, 2008  
Blogger Kitt said...

Bonne chance avec le notaire! Looking forward to your hand-yanked spud tales.

12:58 AM, September 26, 2008  
Blogger Tracey said...

Woo-hoo! Have a blast this weekend setting up shop! I look foward to reading about your adventures in your new country house...

1:02 AM, September 26, 2008  
Blogger Anita (Married... with dinner) said...

I am so excited for you! What a fabulous adventure, and to have a little retreat... what a dream.

1:22 AM, September 26, 2008  
Blogger Laura Lutz said...

That stove is reason enough to have a country retreat! Lovely...

Bonne chance!

2:20 AM, September 26, 2008  
Blogger glamah16 said...

This is so exciting. You will make it a lovely home.

2:57 AM, September 26, 2008  
Blogger barbara said...

Buona fortuna with the notaire!!

8:42 AM, September 26, 2008  
Blogger Baking Soda said...

Oh that sounds wonderful! Best of luck with the notary and cheers on your soon to be home away from home!

11:33 AM, September 26, 2008  
Anonymous FoodJunkie said...

Congratulations Lucy, you're so lucky!

12:02 PM, September 26, 2008  
Anonymous heidih said...

Congratulations Lucy! Your photo of the green country lane on your "The Country House" post is my current desktop and brings me joy every time I see it. I can only imagine how your retreat will bring a whole new dimension into your lives. Looking forward to reports.

5:39 PM, September 26, 2008  
Blogger Sarah McColl said...

Truly wonderful! I am so thrilled for you!

8:32 PM, September 26, 2008  
Blogger Eileen said...

Sounds like a wonderful life.

2:07 AM, September 27, 2008  
Blogger Tea said...

Warmest wishes on this wonderful new place in your lives, and the dreams you will weave there. It all sounds so lovely.

9:15 PM, September 28, 2008  
Blogger L Vanel said...

Come visit! Yes!

3:27 PM, March 18, 2010  

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