Our technicians made a strange encounter at the edge of a wood the other day near Vanxains.
Approaching the place where it was appropriate to put in a boundary marker, they drove out a first boar, a female, which arose exactly from the place towards which they were heading, about twenty yards.
A few more steps, and a big male also comes out of the wood and moves a hundred yards away in the neighbouring land, alongside the female.
Still a few steps, and two yards from where they had to put in the marker, they run into the litter of four young wild boars, cowardly abandoned by the couple!
I cannot start this blog, at the time of taking back his practice, without a tribute to my friend Pierre, a chartered land surveyor in Nontron, who tragically died on 9 April.
Pierre was a colleague, a friend with whom it was impossible to get angry, as his kindness, his calm and his discretion were always present, a friend with whom we were still joking at our general meeting in Bordeaux just a few days before he abruptly departed. Under the supervising of Françoise Lagarde first, then under mine, designated by the Chartered Land Surveyors' Association to ensure the continuity of customer service, his collaborator Nicolas somehow headed up the practice, not counting his energy nor his time, bearing alone both the grief and the work.
Shutting down the office at the end of the year was out of the question, leaving Nicolas, fifteen years in the practice, on the side with all his experience in topographical and property-related work. Leaving Nontron without a land surveyor was inconceivable, customer service needed to be continued. The practice therefore had to be taken back.
Nicolas met the eligibility conditions to become a chartered land surveyor. He possesses the professional skills, the subtlety in the analysis of conflict situations and the sense of human relations with individual clients as with local elected officials. Pierre had agreed he would eventually become his successor. So I made the leap without much hesitation and welcomed him aboard, offering to become his tutor for the remaining two years of compulsory internship before his swearing-in and his inclusion in the Chartered Land Surveyors' Association.
We will work together for the next two years, serving local communities and individuals of the vast region of northern Dordogne.