but not quite sealed and delivered. Yesterday we signed a protocol d'accord starting the process of buying a house. It means we agree to buy the house and the sellers agree to sell and leave by the date specified. There are financial penalties for breaking the agreement so if all goes well we should move in by the beginning of June.
The house is in Thonex which is east of the lake (also known as Rive Gauche!) and again, very close to the French border. It was our first choice of all the houses we looked at by a long way, there isn't a great choice right now. And as always with significant things there was A Sign! This time it was a cat...We were being shown around the house and stepped out of what I hope will become my study (studio sounds a bit grand for such a small room!) onto the balcony overlooking the garden. The three of us spread out to admire the view and Mark and I both saw the large grey and white cat sitting in the middle of next door's lawn. It saw us at the same time and I don't think I can describe the look of surprise/excitement on it's face! It was surreal! It immediately called us and darted through the fence and climbed up through some branches to reach us. Even Mark, who has no time for cats (sadly!) thought 'Ok, I get it'!
We were talking about it again as we returned home last night, (yes, we are normal, rational people in case you are wondering!) it doesn't sound much in writing but it was a bizarre thing to see. He belongs to the owners because he ran through the house afterwards, so he won't be there when we arrive - but if he ever wants to visit, he knows where he can find me!