This post is written in haste because I have just been able to repeat a discovery I made a couple of weeks ago.
Water turns to jelly!
My step-daughter and I discovered this together when we poked the water in the bird-bath early one morning, and it was gelatinous. The surface tension was stronger, and the whole mass could be pressed inwards, and wobbled, like jelly. Our fingers didn’t get wet; the water seemed to move out of the way of them.
We could stir it, too, and it was like a lovely, soft-set jelly, still perfectly translucent, and self-healing. Not slushy, but a gel.
I reported this to Mr Physics, The Garden Brewer, and he didn’t believe me. So when taking photos in the snow just now, imagine my excitement when I found that the droplets of water caught at the centre of each lupin leaf had also turned to jelly!
I ran to the house in excitement, dragged him by the collar, and led him to the lupins. And, whilst he was a little heavy-handed in his poking, he did have to concede that it was indeed gelatinous, and not, as he had suggested previously, merely slush.
Readers, do you have any explanation for this wondrous phenomenon? Do you have any water jelly in your garden? Or am I the chosen one?
If you think that this post is just a load of bunkum, then just look at the pretty pictures below.