Brrrr! The coldest winter here since 1985
Yes, folks, it’s official. The Lot-et-Garonne is suffering its coldest weather for almost thirty years. Most winters, we get a night or two where the temperature might drop to around -6, but -16C?! That’s what we had here this week. Even the swimming pool is frozen!
It snowed relatively heavily here last Sunday and, as the roads are very treacherous, we’re pretty much house-bound at the moment (hence the time to create this blog!) The French in these parts have absolutely no idea how to drive in snow and icy conditions, because they almost never see it. Of course, this is made worse by the fact that the roads aren’t cleared or treated; there’s little point in the département buying a fleet of ploughs and gritters to deal with conditions that occur only once every thirty years.
Unfortunately, the pipes in our loft froze up mid-week. This means that we have no running water, except cold water in the new kitchen we installed last winter (to which we decided to run a separate mains supply, thank goodness). So it’s buckets of water in the loos and pans of water warming on the woodburners. It’s more like Scandinavia than southern France!
Roll on spring!