I wasn’t expecting to be met this morning by such a hard frost from last night. It was spectacular. The world was white and crunchy.
The Shetland ponies were covered in frost and it best showed up on the darker ones.
I took the ice out of the large water bucket by stamping on it, picking out the pieces by hand (cold much and possibly a stupid idea without gloves) and noted that the ice was at least 1 cm thick.
No one was feeling the cold. The ponies were all happy shovelling their daily breakfast in while I blew on my fingers trying to regain feeling.
The native ponies’ coats were doing exactly what they are designed to do – to provide efficient insulation and protection. They have a “double coat” which works very well, especially this time of year.
It had been a clear night – hence the hard frost.
I think it will freeze again tonight and also there has been:-
“A recent solar explosion that almost reached “X-class” status has hurled a massive coronal mass ejection toward Earth, which will likely hit our planet and trigger a geomagnetic storm on Dec. 1.” – Live Science.
So, there might be some impressive “merrie dancers” (northern lights) tonight. I shall pop outside the back door occasionally this evening to look, but I’m not staying long out there – not in these temperatures. Blimmin’ cold, I tell ye.
If you want to watch too – go here – https://www.shetlandwebcams.com/cliff-cam-3/. You get to stay warm!