Should I have believed the frost warning? Yes. It was two degrees above freezing when I walked and one degree above when I ate breakfast. I assumed we had not reached the magic number, even though the pasture was suspiciously white. An hour or so later there was water dripping off the deck railing. I went out to touch it to see if frost had formed there. With direct sun on it, there was only water. My eyes slid over several inches. Golly Pete! There was ice on the birdbath!

The solar pump was not working, and I thought it was broken, clogged by ice. I gently pulled it out, where it left a hole in the ice. Ice made a circular frame for a green and brown leaf under it. The ice was at least ¼ inch thick, more than enough to make a skating pond for the birds. The fountain did work, and I put it back so the birds could see there was running water for them.

29 thoughts on “Frozen!

  1. Not too much ice here in Kansas yet, but we had a couple cold mornings. Enough to kill my potted plants for the year. The frogs in my small pond have buried themselves I think! I’m always excited for a new season to begin.

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    1. There was lots of interesting material in those articles. I remember chiggers in TN, but I don’t think chiggers are here in western NC. If they are in this area, I haven’t met them yet.


  2. Amazing it was cold enough for ice to form already – the birds were likely all around waiting for you to “fix” their bath and drinking water. It was 38 when I left this morning – feeling frosty and in a hat and gloves.


  3. Wow! We had some cold weather last week but this week it’s been raining so it’s super mild! I’ll keep my fingers crossed it warms up for you too


  4. We’ve had a light frost or two, but I haven’t seen any ice yet this fall. It’s amazing that it’s apparently been colder in North Carolina than further north.


    1. The mountains usually have cooler weather than the rest of the state. Our house is about 2,600 feet above sea level. Mt. Mitchell is over 6,000, and it’s always coldest there. It’s surprising how much difference elevation makes.


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