Wednesday, May 12, 2021


A super quick blog this morning. 5:50 am. Angus is up early. Today he has a 8:30 am appointment at the prefecture. An hour and a bit drive down the motorway in the departmental capital. Last week he received an e-mail saying his post-Brexit residency permit was ready. Instead of being a 'communitaire' I'm now a resident alien which enables me to legally spend more than 180 days a year in France without a visa.

Sophie is none too happy to discover her family is up and about before she's fully awake. She does her best to pretend that no one is disturbing her rest. That PON trick of pretending if you ignore them they'll go away. The sound of 'The Font' opening the fridge door has her on her feet.

On Sophie's  'comfort break' tour of the village we are surprised to find four pilgrims and six horses trotting along the lane. The first pilgrims we've seen in two years. The logistics of riding to Spain on horseback must be complex. Where would you find feed for the horses ? Where would you stable them ? Perhaps there are companies that arrange equestrian travel itineraries.

 This is one of those little magical pieces of prose that sticks in the mind :


Linda said...

Congrats on getting your WARP!

WFT Nobby said...

Fingers crossed that when you arrive in Toulouse you find all the residency paperwork really in order!
And thanks for the link to the gem of a mini-essay.

Paule Caillou said...

bientot, cher ami angus l ecosse pourra revenir dans l ue et tout sera comme avant!

Coppa's girl said...

I, too, hope that your paperwork is in order and you don't have to go back again.
I've had residency for years but with Brexit, will eventually have to replace my existing card with something dreamed up to keep us on our toes (and extract money)!

Stephanie said...

I hope all went well with the paperwork!