A few days of slightly warmer weather has made little difference to the thick ice that surrounds the boat and I could do with a change of scenery! On Tuesday the paths were so dangerous with water lying on top of ice making walking difficult and me picking my way along the little bit of grass next to the hedgerows. Even Ben slid a few times and he's got four feet. Passing NB Ubique Chris and Debbie told us they were planning to throw a hose over to the waterpoint later so it turned into a busy day as Chris got a hose over to the water point and the hoses got joined together to fill up the boats. We're too far away for hoses so it was filling containers for us but Eric managed to get over 200 litres into the water tank. Lots of boaters chatting as the water tanks got filled, most of us can't wait to get moving again as we've been stuck in ice for a month now.
Today (Wednesday) we've been surrounded by mist and the towpath had less ice and more mud. You still had to take care as in places there was still ice. We walked up towards Ellesmere Tunnel planning to go for a walk alongside Blakemere but it was so icy we turned around and walked through the wood and into town where the paths were clear. The canal is still solid ice with a layer of water on top and the ducks are sliding along as they walk. All I can say is thaw please.................. I'm fed up with the view from my window!