Monday, February 13, 2012

Ice Skating on the Pond

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This past Saturday was possibly the last chance, this winter in the Netherlands, for skating on natural ice. The temperatures are rising from the deep freeze we've had these past couple of weeks and well, it's all beginning to melt. So when the canals (big & little) and ponds freeze over deep enough and long enough in the Netherlands, the Dutch go skating! I don't ice skate...but my Dutch neighbors do! :o)

photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Fun on the Ice
Feb.11, 2012 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands


photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
An Icy Conversation
Feb.11, 2012 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands


photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
View from our back deck of the icy canal to the skating pond
Feb. 11, 2012 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

Since again this year, there wasn't an Elfstedentocht (famous ice skating race on the canals of  the 11 cities of Friesland), our neighborhood organized a "Children's Elfstedentocht" on the local pond and through the canal that runs along the back of our house. The race route was complete with all the official marked stops of the 11 cities and, of course, a place to get hot chocolate, coffee, cookies and candy. It was fun to watch the children enjoying themselves on the ice - even really tiny little ones were skating. 

The Dutch kids are much braver than this southerner from the USA, I might add! lol The children seem to be born to ice skate. I'll just après skate, thank you. ;o)


tot ziens,
Judy
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