Take a gander at this:
This is frozen sea water at Constanta, a Black Sea town in Romania. The temperatures have reached -34 C … and people have died.
When we were in Romania the winters were bitterly cold. Don’t think it got down below about -25C when we were there, but that was cold enough. Certainly enough to freeze rivers and waterfalls! Whole villages are iced up, sometimes for months, and people can’t get from one place to another. They stay at home and catch up with handicrafts, some of which are beautiful. But when we’ve been staying with friends in the country during the winter – yes, we did have to break the ice on the well so we could get some water!
Think I’ll settle for the UK cold snap for now