The sky hints at snow but there is no ice on the dogs water bowl at the front door.
We have got through the night without burst pipes.
Even better. The plumber shows up at ten past eight.
The good news is he repairs the boiler.
The bad news - we've had a delivery of bad fuel that has clogged the feed pipe from the tank to the furnace.
The plumber can't remove the sediment. That's a 'specialists' job.
The problem could reappear and the system could 'breakdown at any time' he adds cheerfully.
The PONs are keen to help the plumber. Heating oil, grease and dogs are not a combination made in heaven. They are 'encouraged' into the library where they sit and mope.
Angus heads off with them to the modern cafe at the shopping centre. Buchette de Noel make an appearance. Bob and Sophie and their master share a croissant. The young lady behind the counter keeps three customers waiting while she brings over a bowl of water. Bob is told he's handsome.
The hamburger store set up by two enterprising young Frenchmen reveals its Christmas delights.
Chicken breast, prawns, mango and 'sauce passion' burger for E 6:50 or Duck, foie gras and orange sauce burger for E 9:50. Instead of automatically thinking 'delicious' Angus thinks ' difficult to digest ' - another intimation I've turned into my father.
This 15th century Spanish music is fun . It sounds so modern : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zC_qeBnbok