Coldest Night!

It’s official, last night was the coldest of the winter so far.
Hubby adjusted the heating so that the temperature indoors didn’t drop below 17º C.
It was running practically all night.
Outside, according to the met office, temperatures dropped to minus 8.4º C in places.

Maggie woke me up at 5.47 this morning, desperate for a wee. I got dressed, dragged on my coat, hat and Hubby’s gloves as I couldn’t find mine, and let her out into the back garden. Two paws on the frozen grass, a squat, ecstatic relief and then back indoors.
It was frosty and the car was white with a sickly blue tinge.
Back in bed, Maggie gave me another ninety minutes or so, then it was Hubby’s turn. This time she obliged with the other.

Hubby came in, told me it was bitterly cold and we had freezing fog. Looking out of the window, I could barely make out the back fence. Maggie gave me another half an hour and then we got up. Not as good a lie in as yesterday, but a lie in nonetheless.
Her first walk of the day was round the park. The pavements aren’t too bad, but any puddles are frozen solid.
The lake is a mass of ice. And it’s thick, thicker than last year. Hubby couldn’t break or even crack it with his stick.

Photos: ice on the lake last March

We were anxious about the ducks, but they were all at the other end of the lake, swimming around in a channel of about two feet of moving water. I said they’d probably all got together in a group and said ‘After three, everyone fart!’ to melt the ice.
Do ducks fart I wonder? Now there’s a thought for the day.
A small flock (or colony is another collective noun in case you wanted to know) of seagulls were standing on the ice. They didn’t look too pleased.

Saying that though, it wasn’t too bad for us. I had on a heavy parka today with my scarf, gloves and woolly hat. Hubby was triple wrapped as he wears his body warmer on top of a thick jumper and then a heavy coat on top of that. Maggie was also dressed against the cold and content to trot along, doing the usual second motions of the day. Things there are settling down again thank goodness.

Back home, I’m preparing chicken curry for our main meal today. Hubby has an INR blood test at 1pm, so we shall be having an early dinner. Hopefully the car will have defrosted by then, though according to Accuweather, the temperature here is minus 3.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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40 Responses to Coldest Night!

  1. With windchills we were at -40F here yesterday. Schools were closed yesterday and today! Right now it is -15 Fahrenheit, feeling like -33. We did have our heat bumped up a couple of extra degrees yesterday, but we got an Emergency Alert from Consumer Energy asking everyone to lower down to 65. They are worried about having enough Gas to keep everyone warm. I bumped ours down 5 degrees. Stay warm 🙂

  2. ellem63 says:

    😀 I will never look at the ducks on our local pond the same way ever again! 😀

    • Did you read my Twack post? It’s one of 14 collective nouns for ducks. Nobody believed me at darts (there were a lot of 22 scores that night) so somebody looked it up on their ipad or whatever it is phone. Lots of surprised faces……. most probably seeing me a little differently!

  3. Sadje says:

    I feel cold just reading your post!

  4. Yes I can confirm Yorkshire was cold as well. But not as cold as the mid west states in America.

    • No, I’m getting loads of feedback from across the pond and counting my blessings. Hubby feels the cold more than I do, but when I get cold, then you know it’s damn cold for the UK!

  5. quiall says:

    I’m in Canada. This morning was -33c windchill. Yep, I am staying inside. Ducks farting? Inquiring minds want to know.

  6. indishe says:

    Keep warm and safe

  7. fransiweinstein says:

    -25 C with the windchill here this morning. Been like this and colder for days.

  8. iScriblr says:

    Stay warm and safe!

  9. I know it might sound silly but make sure the dog’s on the lead, there is nothing worse than when you see them having fallen through the ice. Keep warm!

  10. colinandray says:

    Enjoy your temperatures! We are currently at -22C with a forecast of -35 to 40C. Ray’s walk will be short today! 🙂

  11. colonialist says:

    A little bit nippy, what?
    I can’t even imagine it!

  12. blindzanygirl says:

    Ah! So you dud get out today! No prettiness at all here, sadly. Just Brrrr! But at least we got out for a druve!

  13. pgraysurvival says:


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