Had a good week to 10 days of below freezing temperature, usually only getting into the 20s and getting close or below zero at night. The big pond froze a good 5 inches thick, I tested it in multiple places with a hole saw. The boys got their hockey skates, sticks and puck and gave it a whirl. Not so much as a creaking noise from the ice.
I took the opportunity to get out onto the island and clear out all the overgrowth.
At the end of the video below me and Patrick take the UTV for a spin over the shallow part of the pond, again not even a crack in the ice when we drove over.