Yes, winter came back this week. It was all forecast. Temperatures down to -8, gales making the wind chill as low as -15. Shed loads of snow. Yellow > Amber > Red warnings but folk still carried on . . . getting stuck for a day on a motorway, stuck on a train – so they got out and walked – on the electric track! Causing more delays as they had to switch off the power. Why don’t people read the weather forecast?!

Meanwhile we were all cosy on Adagio – the coal fire roaring 24/7, even had the Alde gas boiler switched to electric – just on the 1 kW setting – kept the boat from freezing at night. The marina froze over and the wind made the hull creak against the ice – not nice – gave it a wooden galleon feeling. Toby didn’t like it – nor did we. Wednesday to Saturday . .  hopefully it will all melt.

Boats are frozen in but a dog still needs a walk

Foggy start to the day – the snow has drifted quite badly

Not a soul moving today – someone bought himself a new Gill OS2 sailing jacket, just in time for all the sub zero temps.  Should also cope with whatever the weather throws at us when out on the Cut, chugging along.