We walked down to the plan d'eau, and were amazed to see that it has totally frozen over to the extent that even big blokes could stand on the water.
What a pity it's the summer olympics this year.
We took dozens of photos of the town looking resplendant in white, so we will post some of the best views over the next couple of days.
Yes, it's still cold (-12°C at 10.00am), but at least we are able to heat at least one room more than adequately. The wood burner in the salon keeps that room at between 17° and 20° while we are in there, and the temperature drops to 13°-14° overnight if I get the setting right (or colder if I fail to get the setting right). The rest of the house hovers at between 15° and 16°, but we have a couple of small electric radiators to help even things out.
This is the first year we have had to use the electric heaters like this, but it is also the first year where have been using the whole house over winter. Before, we just shut some rooms off.
What has surprised me is the temperature difference a metre of height makes - at waist level the temperature in the dining room is 14°C - at head level 20°C. I assume this is a combination of the hot air going up thing, and radiated cold from the tiled floor. Maybe part of our next home improvement scheme should be working out how to live on the ceiling...