Ooh it has been cold, beautiful, but cold. These still days of dry, deep frost, blue skies and sunshine are some of my very favourite, but it does make work slow going.
When I arrived at the sheds yesterday it was some time before I could make a start as the chisels I left the night before, were stuck to the stone (should have put them away properly!). Actually frozen stone is strange to work with, as it doesn't behave in its usual way, and it is best to leave well alone until thawed.
Stone outside was sparkling with frosty diamonds and coated with icy fur - sticks to your hands if you pick it up - so it stays looking beautiful until the sun has had time to melt and make manageable.