Monday, December 22, 2008

How Cold Was it This Morning?

How cold was it this morning? The wireless thermometer said 15.5 Degrees Fahrenheit at 8:00 AM. That's pretty cold! The low last night in our little nook on the hillside was somewhere around 3-4 degrees!

But really, how cold is that? Cold enough that the bird's won't receive any enjoyment out of the birdbath in the birdbath garden for a while. Cold enough for icicles to form along the edge of our copper avian jacuzzi. Wait, it would have to be heated to be a jacuzzi wouldn't it? Perhaps Woodstock will come along and go ice skating, or maybe I've just seen one too many Christmas specials.

Whatever the case the advantage to a metallic birdbath is that you don't have to do anything special when it fills with water and you can leave it up year round.  And when you get freezing temperatures you get to take neat pictures of icicles hanging on in bitter cold temperatures! Concrete birdbaths can't hold water during the winter or else they may crack under the stress of the expanding and contracting water turned to ice that collects in the winter rains and snows.  At least for this birdbath garden, copper conquers concrete!


8 comments :

  1. Ha, funny you are today Dave. It was pretty cold yesterday, probably today too but I haven't been outside. I have a resin birdbath with a birdbath heater. I tried to plug it in yesterday and guess what? The cord was frozen solid with water that had gotten in it from all the rain. I had to bring it in to thaw it out. Cold indeed! Stay warm today!

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  2. Hi Dave, cold here like that also. I love the Woodstock ice skating, and imagine that you have seen more than your share of Christmas specials! HA
    Frances

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  3. Yes, the sun isn't on our porch yet (the warmest outdoor place in the region) and it's 18 degrees there. I dare not look at the thermometer on the shady side of the house.

    Our waterfall/stream runs 24x7, so it isn't frozen.

    Happy Holidays,
    Cameron

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  4. It was too cold here Dave! Cold enough that my neighbor covered something in her garden with sheets~~cold enough to keep the birds from the feeders. I am ready for our real winter!

    gail

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  5. Brrr...yep that is COLD! Poor birds might need to use a icepick to get some water. ;)

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  6. We're having an unusually early cold snap here. Usually the really cold weather hits in January, but it's been over a week now of frigid temps. It's -28 C today :)

    A copper birdbath looks like just the thing for me! I'd like to have a few in my garden but haven't found something I like the look of yet.

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  7. Really cool pictures there Dave! Or perhaps I should say "really freezing pictures!"

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