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.