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Frozen local lough.


Our local lough has been frozen recently and we decided that we’d walk the length of it, in the middle, as the ice was more than 4" thick. We spread out, 15 yards apart, each of us carrying a large coil of warp; it took us over an hour to reach the end, visiting Garrett Island on the way.

People walking and skating on the ice.

Lough from overlooking hill.

The Frenchman’s Garden viewed from the lough. (Not normally photographed from this position!)

Garrett Island, not normally accessible.

Skating on the ice in a pair of skates dating from 1904!


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Ah, pictures this time!! Some lovely views, thanks for showing them. Is that you skating in the 1904 skates?

17 Jan, 2010


Well done for getting the photos sorted. So you are still frozen over there - we have been defrosted for a few days now! I definitely prefer to look out at a green garden. :-))))

17 Jan, 2010


Glad you finally sorted ! Lovely photos....great skating pics !

17 Jan, 2010


I just could NOT do that, Ray.....I'm a total wimp where ice is concerned.

Glad you enjoyed it though, ks. :-))

17 Jan, 2010


Hi Potty,

No, that's not me. Just some guy who came skating up to me in the middle of the lake and I asked him where he got his skates from as there are no skating rinks around here, Said they'd been in house since 1904 and were only used every 30 or 40 years or so. They must have had colder winters in the early 1900s.

17 Jan, 2010


Thanks Spritz and Bonkers.

Pics taken a couple of days ago, although last of the ice is only just going now in our pond.

17 Jan, 2010


Ditto..still frozen in the middle of our pond..slowly thawing.......

17 Jan, 2010


What are those buildings the other side of the pond in the first photo ? They look interesting.

17 Jan, 2010


now i can see them all
lovely pics also interested in the unusual buildings 1st pic they seem to have thatched roof

18 Jan, 2010


The two buildings in the first pic are reconstructions of iron age dwellings. Conservation people run an audio-visual show there in the summer.

The area around the lake is full of castles, stone circles, crannogs, caves, iron and bronze age settlements.

18 Jan, 2010


That's wonderful. It seems the sort of place I would love to visit - ( but not in that weather )

18 Jan, 2010


Brilliant photos, i would'nt have the nerve to walk on any frozen lake no matter how thick the ice was, Like Hywel and Spritz i dont like snow at all, but did like your blog and photos.

18 Jan, 2010


Amazing KS....those skates were built to last, I'm sure a modern day pair will not last as long.. :o)

18 Jan, 2010


Realy nice photos I would not have had the nerve to walk on the ice though.

20 Jan, 2010

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