On our start of day walk we meet the girlfriend of the young man who reads the water meter. She manages a dozen or so holiday homes owned by Brits . Her clients usually load up their cars with mince pies and Christmas puddings and drive down to the Gers for the holidays. Yesterday, the French government imposed blanket restrictions on travellers from the UK coming to France. The bulk of her clients had to cancel their travel plans at the last minute. One lucky couple made it onto the daily flight from Heathrow to Toulouse but are now forced to quarantine. She is heading off to turn down heating systems and make sure windows and shutters are all securely locked. 'It's a shame for them but if it stops it getting to France it'll be worthwhile' she says. Angus sees little point in being a Grinch and pointing out that Omicron is almost certainly here.