So last night I dithered and DH carefully scattered rock salt over the steps so that when the forecast -1C hit we would be fine. This was a fail.
Because the ground was dry, and for some reasons no doubt connected with the weather, we didn't get ice. We did get vast amounts of cold, but the paths were dry. At least, the paths that we hadn't put rock salt on were dry. Salt attracts water. The only part of the paths and steps that were damp and therefore in danger of ice were the places I had put down salt. You can see it here
There you have a perfectly dry pavement surrounding the damp patch where the salt landed. It's supposed to be warmer tomorrow and at the weekend which is perhaps just as well. Still, at least the salt should keep the weeds down.
Bear was so cold he came home wearing three sweaters. It did answer one of the great mysteries in my life - what on earth does bear do with his sweaters. He takes them off in school and forgets them. He was glad of it today. It's definitely a soup night!