Last night the temperature dipped to -4° C. The pond had frozen over, and stayed that way for most of the day.

We did our usual weekly shopping in Salbris; one has to be careful on these Departmental roads because they are liable to contain black ice in places.

The afternoon was spent cutting more wood with the chainsaw; the workshop is now nearly empty of scrap bits of wood; we were using one end of the workshop to store all the old bits of timber we had come across whilst de-junking the house and outbuildings!

As far as garden produce goes, we’re still eating watermelons, although now we only have one remaining! Not bad going – eating watermelons in December in the northern hemisphere!

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