You would think I was making a collection….the young lady dealing with the fight against the developer here; the local water inspector-cum-lawyer; my regular one; the Argentinian one in Spain; the Flemish one in Belgium and the English one in England.
At the moment I am rejoicing at being free of a French one in France….but I’m not counting my chickens…
While I have property in France there is always the possibility of a notaire darting from the undergrowth to sink his fangs in my wallet.
And…apart from the proposed development…I don’t have a complicated life.
Yet now I have acquired another solicitor…..who came to see me yesterday evening.
I was on my own, my husband having gone to see a friend, so when I heard a car pass the house and then stop I assumed that it was someone looking for the goat farm further down the valley….I reckon people get so desperate looking for it they turn in at any likely gate to ask for directions.
But when there was prolonged silence, I thought I’d better go out to take a look, remembering that what is normally a clear turning circle has been complicated by having building materials for the extension dumped at salient points.
There indeed was a car…a very new, very shiny, very expensive 4×4.
There was also a driver, who had alighted to try to move the wheelbarrow to allow him to turn.
And there was the Alsatian, sitting between the wheelbarrow and the car. Just looking.
Did he need directions to the goat farm?
No. He had come to see my husband.
Ah…in that case he was out of luck.
I would do instead…..he had come to help me.
Do I need assistance?
Intrigued, I sent the Alsatian indoors while my visitor moved the wheelbarrow, marking his elegant slacks with cement dust, and turned his car.
Could we talk inside?
If he wished. He didn’t have the air of a mad axeman.
We settled on the balcony, the Alsatian sitting between us, just looking, while my pouchy little visitor came to the point.
My husband had been to the Fiscalia, had he not? Where he had confirmed his accusations of The Neighbour, had he not?
Well, fixing me with a compassionate smile, he had come to help me. He was a lawyer…a Costa Rican lawyer.
Ah, not from the Intergalactic Federation, then.
He knew the law…all the details….
So I should damn well think if he was taking money for practicing his black arts.
And he had come to tell me that there was no point in going on with these complaints….I would be wasting money on a lawyer…all for nothing.
So he was not offering to represent me, then.
He had thought it best to come down and advise me before things risked getting out of hand…
After all the Neighbour was a violent, unpredictable man.
Yes, I knew that. I’d seen his then lawyer restrain him from attacking a judge.
And there was no point in having problems if they could be avoided.
So you think my husband should withdraw his complaints to avoid being marmalised by the Neighbour?
Hands raised in horror…. Alsatian shuffling forward eagerly.
No, no…nothing of the sort!
Ah, I had been too crude…missed the subtleties.
He had just come to explain how important good neighbourly relations were in Costa Rica.
Important everywhere, Licenciado. But how do I have good neighbourly relations with a man who has diverted water from my cafetal? I have to take cisterns of water up in the car to do my spraying…
But he has an order from a judge, allowing him to do so! You signed it yourself!
Shome mishtake shurely, ed.
No, Licenciado. What he has is an agreement with someone else to allow him to take pipes across that person’s land.
Then your lawyer must have signed it for you!
No, Licenciado….neither we, nor our lawyer had anything to do with that agreement and it doesn’t entitle him to divert water from my property.
So, pausing and fiddling with his mobile’phone, if you had the water back you could have good neighbourly relations?
Right…that’s the deal he’s looking for.
Anything is possible.
I’ll be in touch.
I saw him to the door, accompanied by the Alsatian.
My husband said that there were about thirty other people in the Fiscalia confirming complaints….