Monday, September 12, 2011
You'd think that six months after leaving France we'd have severed our connection by now. Not so mes braves.
We have only just managed to cancel our mutuelle insurance and have now received a substantial cheque to reimburse overpayment. So far so good, but then, out of the blue, we have also just received a bill for assainissment (water treatment).
Seeing as we sold the house in France last October you'd have thought that by now these things would have been sorted. Frankly I can't be bothered to investigate the ins and outs of it especially as the bill has been redirected by a (very good looking) friend from the Marie, so it's safe to assume that it is payable.
I only mention this to highlight that living in France is nowhere near as simple or as straightforward as living in England.
As you head towards France, to your idyllic new lifestyle, with your Anglo Saxon head on your shoulders and rose tinted glasses, I caution that life isn't quite as straightforward as you might have been used to.
In France there are 'rules,' many of them, some obscure and to a simple mind like mine illogical but, of course, 'rules' have to be obeyed.
Liberté isn't all it's cracked up to be!