Saturday, 28 January 2017

A Frozen Canal

Hello

Thanks for visiting.

The weather continues to be quite cold with little thaw, nothing like the cold of those places further North though.  Generally it's been bright but today we had some fog which made it seem that bit colder although it wasn't really.  We have to make the most of our winter weather before it gets all hot and sunny as we just don't know what to do when it's like that!

Off to the frozen canal for a walk we went, stopping at the cafe first of course.




I don't think these barges will be going anywhere fast, stuck in the ice as they were.



Look at all the debris sitting on the surface where people have hurled things to try and break the ice.


We came across a miniature railway in a park nearby.


Nobody waiting on the station in this cold, no trains today.






Looking at the surface carefully, you can see layers where the ice has melted and then refrozen - spectacular 3D droplets to be seen in the ice.





The Basingstoke Canal was built in 1787 but was never a well-used canal, it fell into disrepair but over the last 40 years has been lovingly restored for boat trips and other recreational purposes and is a haven for wildlife.

Maybe we might see a kingfisher here!  Must go back.

Cheerio

8 comments:

  1. Oh my! A frozen canal! It hasn't been anything like that cold here. I'm counting my blessings now. x

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    1. It's been ok though when it's all bright and sunny as well. c

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  2. Wow, I didn't realize it had been that cold. It was a joy to see the barges.

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    1. They are always so colourful, aren't they.

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  3. The canal does look very frozen, although we have had a few frosty mornings it hasn't been as cold as it looks in your photos:)

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    1. It has been very cold but only down to -4 but didn't get above freezing for a while. 😊

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  4. It is always amazing to see what frozen like this isn't it. I love seeing the ducks standing on the ice, but feel very sorry for them too as they must be confused!

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    1. I'm so glad I'm not a duck, it must be awful for them.

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