Snow finally arrived in Puycasquier last night along with a temperature drop to match the rest of europe. Amazingly the hens are still laying (3 eggs today) and the garden is alive with small birds feeding of the seeds scattered on the driveway. The plumbers have been here all week connecting up the solar panels and bathroom radiator -one more day, so they say! Its great to have the multi-purpose new burner -heating, cooking, hot water all in one and from local wood now stacked in the old fireplace. I am very settled here (as always); fingers crossed that in 10 dyas time I will be able to get my return flight to UK.