Who’s daring enough to go outside at dawn to photograph the frost?
Char, however, does have the balls. (Surprisingly, she doesn’t actually have balls, which might be the driving factor in her ability to venture out into the crotch-numbing dawn.)
Subzero mornings seem common at this time of year – something we’re not accustomed to coming from Auckland.
A delicate layer of ice forms on nearly every exposed surface – this is as close as we’ll get to a winter wonderland at this latitude. Though the locals have reported snow on more than one occasion.
The crystalline structures are quite beautiful up close.
Man, these strawberry plants are tough!
There was even an icicle starting to form at the end of our garden hose…
Char reported, in fact, that the whole hose was frozen solid. It also took a little time for water to flow through our pipes, which is a little worrying seeing as some of them are copper and could potentially burst.
You know it’s cold when the sheep’s water has frozen over…
And the bathtub/trough/duck pool has become a little frozen lake. If the Pugging were still around, we might have seen an ice-skating duck!
The ladies don’t seem to mind, though. Up bright and early foraging in the garden.
We wish we had feathers at this time of year…