We are, quite definitely, *learning*.
Hoar frost n. Radiation frost (also called hoar frost or hoarfrost) refers to the white ice crystals, loosely deposited on the ground or exposed objects, that form on cold clear nights when radiation losses into the open skies cause objects to become colder than the surrounding air. A related effect is flood frost which occurs when air cooled by ground-level radiation losses travels downhill to form pockets of very cold air in depressions, valleys, and hollows. Hoar frost can form in these areas even when the air temperature a few feet above ground is well above freezing. Nonetheless the frost itself will be at or below the freezing temperature of water.
That was the view from our SW-facing window this morning - much the same as it was yesterday. The frost hadn't dissipated, only thickened overnight. We wanted to go out and try to get some decent pics of the detail of it, but by the time we were ready to go the sun had done its job:
We did find a little sign of spring, one solitary dandelion sheltering against the house wall:
And a rather bigger sign of our current 'home ed project':
A new bathroom suite, patiently waiting out there in the garden room for us to learn how to plumb it into the bathroom. Sadly, we broke the car in the process of bringing it home, so that's two sort of major home ed projects on the go.
I'm starting with the Ladybird book there and hoping to work my way up to the Haynes Manual. The other book is a 'how to' guide to plumbing in a loo. Get a screwdriver... disconnect the pipe.. Oh. Switch the water off first. Hmmm. Wish us luck!