We made it to the supermarket yesterday, which was a really pretty drive. While we were there I took some photos, taking advantage of the fact that my new camera has a "snow" setting. If it looks cold, there's a reason for that. Minus 4 reasons, in fact.
While we were at the supermarket we bought a hairdryer, which I have successfully used to defrost the pipes into the downstairs toilet. Our problem is not cold coming through a hole in the wall, but rather creeping along the copper pipe which pases through the wall to the outside tap. In November we turned the water supply to the tap off as usual, but whereas we were home during last year's cold spell (and therefore using the toilet), this year we were in Paris and the lack of occasional flow meant the water in the pipe had time to freeze.
This morning is even colder, (officially it is -11C*) but sunny. We will be going for a walk in an hour (or two) to take some photos of Preuilly in the snow.
*our thermometer showed -15C (5F) at 10.00. I don't wish to know what it was at 5.00am