The heat came on this morning, with the thermostat set at 18.5ºC — that's 65.3ºF. The temperature outside is 10.5ºC, and that's warmer than on a lot of recent mornings. The heating season has begun. We've got more than two thousand liters of fuel oil in our underground tank, and we've got a cord of firewood stacked in places that are protected from the rain. We had a couple of hours of steady rain yesterday afternoon. Thank the clouds! Tasha and I went out in it for our afternoon walk.
I had a good drive up to Blois yesterday morning. The roads were dry, not slippery. A lot of big-rig trucks were out slowing traffic down. On the local roads, narrow and curvy, you can't really get around them. They are especially slow going through the villages — five of them in all — because of speed bumps (also called gendarmes couchés) installed to slow car traffic down. The appointment with the eye doctor went smoothly, except for one thing: I have a cataract forming in my right eye. There's nothing to do right now, the doctor said. Come back in a year and we'll see if it's getting bigger or not.