Last night was the coldest so far this winter. The thermometer in our porch fell to -9C and it certainly looked and felt like it first thing when I peered out of the window. Stepping out a while later, the sun was up, the sky was brilliant blue and it was a beautiful morning for a walk around the lakes of Straw's Bridge. Swan lake itself is still almost completely frozen over, with just the smallest area of free water kept fluid by the hundreds of ducks, geese, swans and gulls milling around in it. The surroundings however are still deep frozen.