Image 9. The ruin on the land to be remade using pise and rock.
Payment with receipt... it really is official!

July 2017 Hallelujah!!!!!

August 23, 2017 by FarmFinn No Comment

Night one, back on the job!

Night one, back on the job!

Getting back to Loubar after a significant trip away always means putting the camp back together; kitchen, toilets, water supply and of course tents and sleeping arrangements. Which also means a while in the world of not quite ready yet…though a night sleeping under the stars in Loubar was more than welcome after UK and USA.

It must be serious.... they want some money

It must be serious…. they want some money

Now of course on leaving for the states, there were all sorts of balls in the air, fingers crossed, ships coming in….or not, and that was what I had uppermost in my mind, would it, could it, please let it, be there….The Roxa! Phone calls from Fez informed me that all the appropriate documents had been sent and received and that this elusive piece of paper, should be waiting for me in Bab Taza….SHOULD!

This looks official... OMG it's a roxa!

This looks official… OMG it’s a roxa!

And so off I went, first day back…forget the tent, just get the paper. And up in Bab Taza I suddenly found myself sat in front of the right man, who had the right papers and who, by all rights, should have been ready to hand over the holy grail… But he couldn’t!

But why? Is there anything missing? Does something need signing? Are we short of an official stamp? Is it suddenly the weekend? Or a national holiday?

Payment with receipt... it really is official!

Payment with receipt… it really is official!

No, it was none of these… we were just waiting,

For the penny to drop.

And then it did!

BANG…Crash…Smash!

And so, infront of the whole baladiers office, as loud as I am prone to speak…especially when I’m….excited… I told the guy that this was, or so I thought, the new Morocco, that the Ancien Regime was passed, that we were, all of us, trying to move Morocco forward, “Nishan”, by being straight, and that if anyone needed a coffee, or anything else for me to

last non roxa work...but we've done lots in the mean time.

last non roxa work…but we’ve done lots in the mean time.

further invest my time and money in to this country, they had best come up and ask me face to face…man to man…

At which point there was a short phone call, and the document was signed, and I paid what I had to, but with an official receipt.

I’ve been going off to offices with high hopes and returning to the team empty handed for years now. Each time I leave all optimistic and each time they nod knowingly and make discurraging remarks about officialdom. But this was it, we finally had the Roxa and finally we

Look at what's in the bank

Look at what’s in the bank

could move from work on the land, to work on the house….

Which is a good thing as those funds were diminishing and I really needed to get this started and finished this year.

And so finally I was able to say … lets move on… though I’m impressed with what we’ve done now, on the land, in the gardens, for the pool, the grey water system and now the lower entry to the land from the piste!

More of what we have already ... doors

More of what we have already … doors

And then suddenly we were back in the world of a building site and finding masons and labourers and checking what we did and didn’t have. I’m glad to say we do have many things that will now save time and money.

Old French windows will be used as doors from rooms on to gardens and big old doors will be fitted to the front and back of the house, as well as to enter the land.

Getting back to work.

Getting back to work.

But most importantly, and finally, two years after we received notice to stop, we set our sites on laying rocks on to walls and finishing the house.

At last I can dream again and believe that this dream will become a reality.

Hallelujah!

 

 

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FarmFinn Hi I'm Paul, and after many years working in International Public Health am trying to turn a dream in to reality. The idea is to link perma culture philosophy and practice with responsible/eco/community based tourism to act as a dynamo for social and economic development. This rural project will also,I hope, link to to my hotel Dar Finn (http://darfinn.com/ ) in Fez. Come and check us out..marhabaaaaa
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