Temperature: just above freezing.
Humidity: very high.
That's December in the Loire Valley. The days are short, and just to make it feel even more like winter, a thick fog sticks close to the ground on days when there is no wind.
There's no point in going sightseeing — visibility is too low. You can't work in the garden. Going for a walk is an option, but it's pretty cold and damp out.
About the only thing left to do is to cook. But as soon as you get a pot of water boiling on the stove, all the windows fog up. So it seems even darker and gloomier.
Thank goodness for the fire in the woodstove. In just four days, the hours of daylight will start increasing and, before we know it, it will be spring again.