It's raining this morning and the temperature is +2ºC, or about 35ºF. Yesterday morning it was -3ºC, and the morning before -4ºC. At least it's not freezing here today. They are having freezing rain in a big part of France right now, from Normandy across Paris into the Franche-Comté and Burgundy, down to Lyon. They call it des pluies verglaçantes on the weather reports.
We are lucky to be just on the southern edge of the real rain and freezing temperatures. Lucky because in an hour or so we'll be leaving to drive down to Preuilly-sur-Claise to see Susan and Simon of the Days on the Claise blog. We're taking Callie, so if the weather takes a turn for the worse we won't have to worry about driving home this evening. In France, you can nearly always take you dog to a hotel with you. And Callie will go to a restaurant with us for lunch.
We've met Susan and Simon before. Last June they came to Saint-Aignan with Susan's parents from Australia and we had brunch. They were on their way north to Paris and on to England. Then we and CHM went down to Preuilly to see Simon when he came back from seeing Susan and her parents off.
Today we are planning to go have lunch in a restaurant in Preuilly called L'Image. Susan has blogged about it, and I am happy to be able to try it. Any place that serves traditional French food is my kind of place. I'll take my camera and do a report on what we eat and how we enjoy the place.
Preuilly is about an hour's drive south of Saint-Aignan. It's in the area called Sud-Touraine, and it's about as far from Loches as Saint-Aignan is, on the opposite side. We are on the far eastern border of the Touraine ourselves. To get to Preuilly, we drive through Nouans-les-Fontaines, Châtillon-sur-Indre, and Azay-le-Ferron.