At some times of the year there is plenty to occupy kids. In some ways there is right now as temperatures plummet to -18 in some parts of the UK and snow decides to stick around.
Last night, Friday February 10, 2012, saw the coldest night of the year so far in the UK. -20 is unusual for this part of the world. Suffice to say motorists have been warned of rarities such as oil "frozen" in cars and as usual treacherous driving conditions.
Those that can afford it often use the first half term of the year to seek warmer climes. A sunshine break in the Canaries may sound just the job but holiday makers have been warned to take extra care driving to the airport.
Earlier this week flights were disrupted and some airports closed but all appear to be working back to normal again. It may be worth checking such things out before you embark on your journey. For those off to the ski slopes of Europe the weather is perfect.
In this blogger's neck of the woods, in Yorkshire, it is bitterly cold. Heavy snow more than a week ago has lingered. Partial thaws throughout the week have left outdoor surfaces in a bad state. Each night as temperatures fell away another freeze happened. Two days ago heavy snowfalls added to the problems. A bowl of water in our garden was frozen solid this morning and it looks set to stay that way. This makes it hard for wildlife so, if you can, add some fresh water and food out for garden birds.
London may be a little warmer but not much. Nothing keeps bathers out of the Serpentine in Hyde Park though. They braved the weather, broke the ice and made a good show of enjoying the waters early today. Mad dogs and Englishmen it seems do not only seek sunshine.