The big freeze continues….

Following Monday’s snowfall it’s been exceptionally cold here. I don’t just mean freezing… I mean mindbogglingly cold. The sort of cold that makes icicles form on the end of your nose.

Not that this worries our cats, of course. They’re staying indoors draped over every radiator which is still valiently struggling to pump out heat into the arctic vault of our house.

Last night the temperature here fell to -19°c and the night before it was -23°c.  Welcome to Meerbusch, Siberia!

As a result the snow hasn’t melted one jot. Even putting salt down doesn’t help in this sort of weather – the salt water freezes too. The view up our road looks like this (that’s our car at the bottom – we haven’t even attempted to get it out).

Meanwhile, our pipes have frozen. Turning on taps in the bathroom produces… well, nothing at all actually. Zero. Zilch.

I’ve been exploring parts of the house which I’d previously abandoned to the spiders…. trying to track down where water pipes run… and work out whether they are likely to burst when the thaw finally comes.

Sadly… a very cold and dusty hour later, I have to say I’m none the wiser! Ho hum….

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2 responses to “The big freeze continues….

  1. When it got really cold in Canada they used to advise people to leave the water running in the taps – though of course we were never on a meter.

    You’d always see a couple of items every winter of some bonehead trying to thaw out the pipes with a blowtorch and blowing the house up.

    There’s a positive side: go skating! 🙂

  2. Gosh, that IS cold. We are cold in Heidelberg, but we’re still getting running water. I think I would curl up and fade away with the occasional hot bath.

    Hope you warm up soon!

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