Red sky in the morning, Shepherds warning, so they say. Well Jack Frost had run his icy fingers over everything during the night.
However the sun appeared and a hire boat came past later nice and slowly, breaking the ice, which meant the swans could paddle along in search of food.
The Longhorn cows and calves even came around to do a bit of sunbathing later. They seem to move very slowly and we were pleased to have such unusual neighbours.
After my lovely roast dinner aboard I had a brisk walk along to Tesco in Rugby. The towpath was hard and still frosty, so no squelchy mud to negotiate. The layer of ice over the canal had melted away in most places.
Derwent 6 was looking cosy with smoke curling out of the chimney, then I met Del and Al who were down in Tesco. Unfortunately their calorifier (hot water tank) has sprung a leak and they will be replacing it as soon as possible. Not really the time of year to be doing this sort of thing, anyway we hope it all goes well for them.