You'll be glad to hear me say that the weather has really changed. It's turned dry and colder. You won't have to read my moaning and groaning about damp and dark any more, at least for a while.
Yesterday afternoon the sky was a deep blue with huge puffy clouds. There's very little wind, and it's chilly now — but it's a dry, seasonal cold, and still not below freezing. Forecasts say it will stay this way for a week or so.
The ground is still sloppy wet but at least the air isn't. My camera didn't know how to act yesterday because of the high-contrast light conditions. Paris and other places to the northeast of us are still waiting for the rivers to crest so they can assess the extent of the flooding. I like this French expression for a river that is flooding: La Seine est sortie de son lit. "The Seine has gotten out of its bed." No damaging floods here at Saint-Aignan so far.