The sky looked clear and I could see no frost when I looked out of my window this morning. Had the arctic blast we were promised not arrived yet? Stepping outside I realised it had been delivered in full, an icy breeze had kept the frost away but frozen puddles told another story. Elizabeth was already in the water when I reached the lido and I got this picture of her reaching for the line.
The sun was a ball of fire pushing it's way through the trees giving a warm orange light across the water. Stephanie had taken the water temperature, 3.1ºC. It was a beautiful swim, four lengths was plenty, my hands were going numb although my core still felt warm.
Getting out wasn't so much fun. I heaved myself on the the pool edge my wet hand froze to the ground as I tried to stand up. I rushed to the sauna as quickly as I could make it.
Frozen footprints and icy patches surround the pool. Winter is coming, February has started with a chill and it looks to get colder still.