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Frozen Solid [Feb. 26th, 2018|10:30 am]
Tony Grist

The water in the bird bath has frozen solid.

It reminds me of the time- back in the 1950s- when our next door neighbour's goldfish pond did the same. One didn't like to ask what exactly had become of the fish, but she did remark- later in the year- that although the fish had gone- the pondweed and waterlilies were flourishing like never before. She was related by marriage to Thomas Hardy- his sister-in-law to be exact- and one can imagine him turning the incident into one of his grimly humorous "satires of circumstance".

[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2018-02-26 01:17 pm (UTC)
That is really solid! It rather looks like a piece of ancient almost but not quite translucent glass.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-02-26 03:08 pm (UTC)
We're going through a cold spell. Snow showers with sunny interludes. The temperature is just above freezing.
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2018-02-26 03:49 pm (UTC)
That takes me back!

I could always measure how hard the frost was by the depth of ice in the ponies' water buckets... If a gentle kick broke the ice, it was a mild frost. If your foot bounced off the bucket, or the bucket shattered, it was a hard frost.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-02-26 04:04 pm (UTC)
That reminds me- I need to go check the horses's water butts.
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[User Picture]From: redatt
2018-02-26 06:31 pm (UTC)
The children at school (4 and 5 yr olds) where absolutely delighted with the ice in their mud kitchen this morning. It almost made it the freeze worth if for the rest of us.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-02-27 10:35 am (UTC)
Children have the right idea. Bless 'em.
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