The winter period is slowly but unmistakeably approaching. Our preferred means of heating is coal. With coal the stove needs to be attended only twice a day. While still being in the UK we gathered as much info about France as possible and were told that using coal is forbidden over here. So when we were able to order two cubic metres of dry wood we duly did so. The picture shows the pile, dropped as close to our boat as possible. All of it was transported onto the boat by using a rubbish bin, which worked as well as could be expected. It took half a day to finish the job. Every bit of wood is stored on top of our boat inside three big bags, bought from Travis Perkins (building materials) when we were still in the UK. The French wood deliverer told us that using coal in France is not prohibited......... Not???? So far for the knowledge of a French Marina which will not be named (yet), although this was not their only blunder! Later on more about this.