||[Nov. 13th, 2004|07:48 pm]
I was going this evening to check on a house I may come to rent when I leave my friends' place. It is by a river, in a quarter that is being renovated, and I wanted to check that it was OK by night, as it is a bit close to the "red light district", I was told. Blah, that wouldn't bother me, but that could bother people I would invite. And I do am a bit afraid of aggressions, to be honest. It has happened to me before, because I am rather aggresive myself, and react badly to chidings from people I despise.
Anyway, I was amazed. There is a small quay by the river, very calm (this is very close to the city centre, in a hip area). A man and his son were fishing. The water was very dark, a bit frightening. Many places to get to the water (mooring places). I had better not get too depressed else it would be easy to drown myself. The water is a bit too calm for that, though. Too bad. If this doesn't inspire me good poetry, what would? I can't even begin to imagine what the mornings look like there!
So, next Thursday I go see inside. I should get it. It belongs to a friend of a friend, a rather aged woman who has a country house where she cultivates vegetables (that she sells on the women's market in her area, she looks like Germaine Greer and has the same sort of background. A thoroughly English woman, who drinks brandy before going to sleep and while finely educated I am sure could be as rowdy as any man out there. It is amusing that I keep meeting strong willfull women around here. I think I entered the queendom of strong women. Wee!)
Anyway, I think the plan is to keep the house in a close circle of acquaitance, keep it in the company, in a network of relation. First because it is somewhat of a hip house (perfect location for young people, lots of chic bars close by, and possibility to invite people and organize parties. (I am more or less expected to take that role, it seems, (entertain people), for some reason (maybe my background))).
Anyway, it is a very small house, (the usual here, one house divided in two symmetric houses), but there are two storeys, one of the rooms gives onto the river (probably a study room). A small garden in front. It will be renovated in December, I would move into it in January, and I managed, I think, to lower the rent as at first I said it would be too expensive for me, and she lowered the price by £100 (saying she consulted an estate agent).
It still is a bit expensive, but having a house would really be nice (I could have a cat maybe!!!) and I am tired of living at my friends' place (not that there are any problem, she is in NY, but I still don't totally feel at home, for example I can't change the decoration, and nothing belongs to me).
So yeah, barring any big problem, I should move there in January.