Looking upstream from the bridge, showing how the river (beginning to thaw in the picture) has been frozen right across.
. . . and then it began to thaw. I have woken up to rain this morning - big glorious ploppy spots of rain. We went out for a walk yesterday - up the valley and then down to the mill, where we had a lovely visit with our neighbours there. They have lived here longer than us and have NEVER seen the river as frozen as it was yesterday. Here are some photos to show how cold it's been - forget the silly "minus 3" they put on the weather maps - this was serious cold here - river frozen more than when we had minus 17 last January/February . . . In the house, we are managing, but getting out of bed into cold clothes takes some teeth-gritting! I have remembered an old trick from when I was growing up in a freezing house, and that was to put your clothes under the top layer of bedclothes, so they stayed warm . . .
This is upstream of the bridge too.
Looking across frozen fields - this was the best the sun could do, trying to break through the cloud layer.
The snow was "growing" with frost crystals.
Frozen from bank to bank down by the old mill.
Here a white slate of ice has been lifted by the rushing water beneath it.
The mid-stream boulders are crusted in ice. It has NEVER been this cold here in the last 30 years . . .