Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
“Bone-freezing cold, heavy snowstorms, and floods have been plaguing the European continent this week, causing power outages, traffic jams, cancelled flights, and even a stream of plastic eggs with toys washing up on a German island.”
It’s been cold here too. Not -32 Moscow cold, but still. There were trees covered in frost on the Montagne Noire
Down here we had frost. I first noticed it on the roof of the Temple Neuf which is down the street
Then I went outside and there was also frost on the lawn.
Temperatures in Mazamet (centre) have been fluctuating between zero at night and around 6 to 8 C during the day. Much colder, obviously, up by the lake where the altitude is +700 metres (down here it’s 240.) We held out as long as we could but finally turned on the central heating. The hall was just too cold. It seems wasteful to heat such a large space (just over 60m2) which is just for passing through- but that’s part of the deal of living at a place like number 42. Anyway it’s not the end of the world. I have a friend who lives in a country house of glorious proportions in Britain and she resorts to wearing a fur coat (indoors) for much of the winter because her place is just impossible to heat. The ceilings are about 5 metres high.