We’ve had several days of pretty steady rain here in Nantes. Summer is definitely a thing of the past and my most recent swim in the pool seems ages ago. Given that the same system is used to heat both the pool and the house, and given that only one can be used at a time, today marks a milestone of sorts. The switches have been flipped. The pool will no longer be heated but the house will. In support of this day, before leaving our landlords had arranged for the home heating system to be serviced today. So a maintenance man arrived mid-afternoon and did whatever he needed to do. And then Melinda and I turned off the pool. It almost felt like some solemn words should be said and bagpipes should be playing.
Okay, maybe that’s a little much. But I present today’s photo of a radiator inside the house as my tribute to the change.
Later this afternoon, as Melinda and I walked to the tram we began talking about when we’ll switch back to a heated pool and an unheated house. Will it be in early May? I hope so. We continued our chat in a hip little café in the center of town while sipping our hot chocolates (chocolat chaud) under layers of clothes while looking for a place to set our dripping umbrellas. Melinda got very excited just thinking about how the house would be warm when we got back home.