Out On The Ice

A few minutes walk from our house is a field that gets turned into an ice rink during the Winter when it’s cold enough. Temperatures this past week have been sufficiently low enough that the flooded field has become the much hoped-for ice rink.

I went down there yesterday at around lunchtime, and already people were there practising their skill at ice skating.

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I suspect that now, on a pleasant, but cold, Sunday afternoon, there will be hundreds of people there.

About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.
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3 Responses to Out On The Ice

  1. Matt Healy says:

    I grew up in the North Central US State of Wisconsin, where winter can be quite cold; like a lot of kids there, I learned to skate about the same time that I learned to walk. Friends across the road made a small ice rink in their backyard every winter, and my school always turned its athletic field into a larger rink. This winter in much of the US is being unusually mild, which is quite a contrast from a year ago when here in Connecticut we vastly exceeded historical records for snowfall.

  2. Dot says:

    Thanks for the photos, they bring back happy memories of my introduction to the Netherlands in 1991. I remember getting off the Hull Rotterdam ferry with everthing frozen up (including the windscreen washer bottle in my car). As I drove north, the light was fantastic especially through the frost crystals on the grass. I was charmed by little children learning to skate on the canals in the countryside by pushing a chair in front of them with anxious parents/grandparents looking on. Elfstedentocht would be fantastic, needs to stay cold enough for another week from what I gather.

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