There are so many blogs I follow and even more I would like to follow, but there are only so many hours in the day and most of those are taken up with other pursuits. At the moment they are also much occupied with trying to cope with snow, ice, frozen pipes, and no running water.
Anyway, here are three blogs that are a little different, and where I always go when I am looking for a brief escape from reality.
The Cabin Goddess lives in Alaska in a wood cabin with the man-beast and a cat called Asrielle. The cabin has no running water. The Goddess writes about cooking, photography and writing. A very versatile and interesting lady.
About 5,000 miles away as the crow flies you can follow the indomitable Fly in the Web. Fly and her husband waved a thankful “Adieu” to France last year and moved to a new life in Costa Rica. Things are rather different there. Very different, in fact. There’s the evil neighbour, and the casual justice system, exotic foods and wildlife for a start. And that’s before Fly lets loose her dogs of war.
Thirdly, there’s the incredible story of the Hobos in France. A respectable retired couple, neither in the best of health, who bought a property in France for their retirement. Although they paid for it in full, complied with all the legal procedures, employed a notaire and did nothing wrong, they are unable to live in their house. Somebody else lives in it. But the Hobos are still responsible for all the taxes on the property, and I think they also have to pay for the water, too.
Their hell began almost five years ago and at the moment there does not appear to be any end in sight. They were reduced to living in a tent during the winter. One of them suffered frostbite which led to gangrene which led to amputation. They have been through numerous legal battles and have more ahead of them.
An Appeal Tribunal ruled that the sellers had committed fraud; however, the sellers were old, which seemed sufficient cause to exonerate them. The buyers are also no longer in the first flush of youth, but that did not seem to bear any weight.
They have had to go to the European Court of Human Rights to get French Legal Aid to continue their fight.
All that is just the bare bones of their situation; and it is not a situation unique to them, unfortunately. It is a shameful reflection on the French Judicial system, and by sharing their story the French-made Hobos hope that other potential buyers will take heed and be aware of how badly wrong property purchase can go in the home of liberty, equality and fraternity. Their story really does make you wonder if we are living in a world gone completely insane.