We got the keys in early November of last year.
This week has bene marked by a few events:
1) we swapped car parking spaces with a new tenant - or at least we THOUGHT we had
An elderly man has just moved into one of the first floor apartments and he called one day last week to ask if he could park his car in our space. Pat was a little puzzled so I left him a note sugessting we meet up to talk about it.
Then one day we went down into the car park and saw him - and his car was in our space - or at least we THOUGHT it was.
So we talked and arranged to swap spaces - his space is too tight for his ENORMOUS car and as we don't have a car, and the citiz cars we occasionally use are all quite small we thought it would be fine.
Well, anyway it turns out that for the past year whenever we have parked a car in the car park we've been using the wrong space! We've been using our neighbour's spot. She doesn't have a car either, so she never noticed.
What dummies, eh!
2) We discovered Sumo's name.
We hardly ever see our neighbours on the other side - they tend to enter and leave the building in their car and their apartment faces completely the other way from ours. But their cat visits us often, the redoutable Sumo.
Anyway yesterday I was coming in as they left their flat - they were startled to see someone in the corridor and once they'd settled down we talked about the cat. It turns out that his real name is Popite. The other, timid cat is called Archimède.
Oh, we call the fat one Sumo and the other Susan.
They laughed. The neighbours down the corridor call Popite Bouddha.
We'll get together for an apéro or something before Christmas.