I was desperate for a post-breakfast pee after about 40 minutes. We finally stopped at a Le Clerk hypermarket at Valence, bought a picnic lunch and headed for the autoroute. The nearer we got to Lyon, the darker the sky became, until the heavens finally opened and we returned to P d V in a bitterly cold rain storm.
Saturday night and Sunday were icy. We await the gas man who cometh perhaps Tuesday, perhaps Thurday, to make the boiler talk to the radiator. MWNN meanwhile bought a sack of coal for the solid fuel stove. The sun came out immediately and we've been broiling in 28 degrees ever since.