When Jan and I retired in 2014 we received this very special gift from our Oracle colleagues. The oak milepost was to be put in the garden once we had built a garage and modifed the driveway.
We applied for planning permission. It’s more complicated here because we live next door to a cemetry. We’re subject to a “vincola”, meaning there are many more restrictions on what we can do.
What we weren’t prepared for was a 5 year struggle to get permission. The entire internet is not big enough to contain the whole story but as you can imagine it was quite a struggle with many twists and turns.
Finally, we received permission today, Thursday 17th October 2019.
I’m on a weeks cycling training and Jan is in London, so we can’t even celebrate together.
The permission includes a garage, cantina and a portico along the back of the house.
We can’t wait to get started, but we’ll have to be patient. It’s too late to start building now so we’ll begin in the spring of 2020.
By the summer of 2020 we should be able to send photos to our Oracle friends of the milepost in place. Six years after we retired.