Brr, it really was cold

It's been so cold the river froze! 
This is the River Esk just across the road from Deputy Ed TB's house in Egton Bridge. 

Looking upstream

and downstream towards the village.  


Upstream is much shallower and usually quite turbulent around the rocks (just visible at the top of the picture).  Downstream the river is channelled, much deeper and therefore generally more calm and but more prone to icing up along the edges. Even so it still froze right across and for quite a distance, we're not sure if we'd fancy trying to walk across it to the pub though!

In past years when it's frozen it's been a solid brown, clear ice sheet but because the weather has been so up and down with periods of snow and sleet followed by sub-zero temperatures it's ended up this odd opaque grey colour.