Tuesday, July 20th

There’s very little privacy at the cottage.  The path out front belongs to the VNF (Voies Navigables de France –Navigable Waterways of France); in years past, it was the towpath used by horses to pull boats and barges along the canal.  Now, it’s used for recreation – mainly casual walkers and bicyclists but some equestrians, too.

It can be rather disconcerting to have so many passers-by intruding into our “private” space.  Some people think nothing of coming up on the patio for a closer look at the cottage.  Some have even come up the stairs and knocked at the door.  One woman was curious to know if anyone was living here.  Another asked if she could refill her water bottle.  When Craig’s outside, he’ll often be stopped and asked for directions….after it becomes apparent that he isn’t bilingual, English becomes the universal language, but the towpath is well-travelled and the questions start out in many different languages….French, German, Spanish, Italian.

Fearing that I’d be unable to get out easily should there be a problem, Craig has always left the front door unlocked when he’s out and about.   This didn’t concern me until today when he was working in the backyard and there was a knock at the door.  Anyone who knows we’re here also knows that I’m unable to answer the door and would either go looking for Craig or announce themselves and wait for an invitation to enter.  Not so in this case, after repeated knocks on the door, someone opened the mail slot and peeked inside.  Our eyes met and I quickly called Craig on the cell phone to tell him someone was at the door.  By the time he rounded the corner, the porch was empty and two bicyclists were heading down the path toward town.

Perhaps I’m being overly paranoid but from now on, when Craig’s not at the cottage, the door will be locked.


About Languedoc Lady

I'm a newly retired woman from California getting ready to spend a year (or more) with my husband living the good life in Languedoc in the southwest of France.
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3 Responses to Tuesday, July 20th

  1. Sharmyn says:

    “Bonjour!” indeed! O.o. Oh my, oh my!

  2. Mani says:

    My wife will be shocked to hear that you have left the front door unlocked. I have an alarm system and every window and door is connected to the system. I also have a special feature where you can press a button and help will be at my door in less than five minutes. Even with all this precaution my wife will double check everything before we go out. Every door and window will be locked even on the hottest day. When we were in India she found her sister never locks the door even when she is out of town. She was flabbergasted and gave a hour long lecture on safety and was constantly nagging her to lock the door. One day my wife locked all the doors before we left and when we returned no one had the keys. We got hold of a young man and he climbed up to the roof and got in through the door from there. My wife’s response was next time I will make sure that is locked too. From that day on my sister in law has her key with her and locks up.
    Please, it is better to be safe than sorry. Everywhere there is good and bad. Even though the path is well travelled you may not get the help when you need it the most.

  3. Lisa says:

    No… paranoia in this case, seems like a good means for precaution. Seems like there are some overly assertive hikers/bikers out there. Prob mostly harmless, but (especially) since you’re couch-bound right now, it seems smart to keep the door locked. I would add that you should *always* keep your phone within reach – but sounds like you’re doing that already. BTW – did you guys figure out “911” for France? ~Lisa

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