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Weather - Frozen canal

Continuing this week's theme, since it wasn't snowing today I went for a walk and happened to cross a footbridge over the canal, which for I think the first time in several years was partially frozen. Not particularly thick ice, but it wasn't something I expected.

Frozen canal

Frozen canal

Unfortunately I'd forgotten to take a camera with me so this is from my iPhone - if I'd had a camera with a decent optical zoom I would have included pictures of a coot that was wandering around on the ice looking very confused...


I don't think it was very thick ice, but it's quite unusual. And surprising that no boats have been along the canal and broken the ice.
is that in london?
looks cold !
Yes, about a mile from my house, near Portobello Road market. It's been very cold the last few days and we've had a couple of inches of snow. Nothing by the standards of e.g. Canada but fairly rare in southern England the last couple of decades.

tres cool

are you serious? portobello market like in bedknobs and broomsticks?

doesn't look like you could skate down the canal though, how cold is it? do you ever travel the canal by boat?


Re: tres cool

I've never seen Bedknobs and Broomsticks but Portobello Road is very real - it's big street market that's about 3/4 mile long.

Re: tres cool

sorry, pressed post before I meant to - I don't think it's nearly thick enough for skating, you can see clear water at a couple of points - also it's turned a bit warmer today (sunday) and I suspect it's melting. I've been on canal boat rides a couple of times, but since my main reason for going along there is exercise I've walked the route much more often.

Re: tres cool

the times they are a-changing! and the weather is so unpredictable
That is really unusual - and makes me cold just looking at it!
It's fairly unusual, I think the last time was six or seven years ago. London rarely gets that cold for long enough for the canal to freeze over. I've no idea why no boats seem to have been along there and broken the ice, maybe it's so cold everyone is staying in bed...
Very cool. I've only seen canals in pictures.
Most of the older British cities are linked by a couple of canal networks, used for heavy goods before the railway era. These days the main use is pleasure, plus quite a few people live in boats - it's a little cheaper than renting a flat, though not as cheap as you might think since there are licence fees, mooring fees, etc.
*shivers* I bet it's cold for the boat dwellers.
I'd imagine so - plus most boats these days have solar panels for some of their electrical needs, at this time of year they can't be very useful.
Lovely photos... reminds me of the canal near Hackney Marshes...
that one is part of the same system, of course, but further East. If it's a straight canal it's the Hertford Union Canal, which is entirely artificial. If it has a lot of curves it's the River Lee, which is pretty much a canal these days.


Edited at 2018-03-05 11:04 am (UTC)
*g* I can imagine the confusion of the coot! Unusual or unexpected weather effects are always something special, I think.