|A floodlit snow covered oak tree at Whixall (Eric)|
It's looked very pretty but once the snow finally stopped falling the ice has been treacherous specially where it had been walked on. The piers themselves were clearly fairly easily and gritted with a mixture of rock salt and grit. To reach the canal by road meant walking along a frozen Alders Lane so we found the spikes in a box on the boat and fastened them to our boots. Ben the dogs claws didn't do the job as well and Bambi comes to mind as he struggled to stay in his feet on slippery compacted ice.
Lots of the main country lanes have been cleared by the farmer's on their tractors. We may moan about mud on the roads meaning the car is usually dirty shortly after it's been cleaned but the farmers have kept the small roads cleared. Taking Ben for a walk along the canal has been fun and he hasn't minded having his coat on and walking in the snow
The marina froze solid and the boat made noises when we moved onboard until a small gap between the hull and the ice formed. The water to the piers has been shut off before the temperature went down to minus 7 but our tanks were full so we've been ok.
Yesterday we had a problem with water pressure and then the water pump wouldn't turn off but after releasing the pressure release valve on the calorifier it turned off when the taps were turned off. Not before we had the kitchen cupboard contents out to get at the pump under the cupboard false floor to check for leaks. Eric also made sure the air hole above the water level in the water tank was cleared of ice as there may have been a pressure build up in the tank as the filler cap to the tank was extremely difficult to undo. Anyway one of the things he did solved the problem but we don't know how.
Today after a warmer night the iced water looks to be melting. So hopefully the roads will be better and we'll be able to get out in the car to get some shopping. The post was delivered yesterday so things must have improved. The local schools reopen today too. We had most things but would have run out of bread if Phil the marina manager hadn't got us a loaf at the Coop in Wem when he went to get some chips at lunchtime in his 4x4. There wasn't any milk on the shelves as the deliveries had not got through so we were glad of me using coffeemaker and leaving the milk for Eric's cups of tea.
So we'll escape today after five days here. Let's hope it' not too slippery on the roads......I don't know whether Eric's had skid training. Keep warm and safe and enjoy your day.