I am an Australian working in Africa but with a small house in Trebes (near Carcassonne) which I just bought last last year but have only ever stayed in for a couple of weeks in October when the weather was lovely.
Not only am I an Aussie (and therefore not used to the cold - except for a few years in Tokyo but you tended to go from heated house to heated taxi to heated office) but I am sitting on the edge of the Congo river and it's mid 30s (celcius) so I have no real idea of the impact of this weather.
I have my little Igoogle monitor keeping track of the temperature in Carcassone which has been hovering just a bit above and below zero for the last few days /weeks. What does this actually mean - eg does the Canal or the river freeze over, is there snow on the ground, can you go out for a walk to the bar or is it just too cold. How unusual is the current weather
I know these are probably dumb questions but (apart from Tokyo) I have only ever seen snow twice in my life so have no idea of the real impact of this stuff. I know my purchase of the house caused the euro crisis but is the weather my fault as well ??