Sunday, December 28, 2008

ice skating

december 28 2008

Thank you, thank you for all the good wishes and nice mails and comments.

Today it was relatively quiet here.
It doesn't haqppen often that I can lean back and drink two cups of coffee without the need to give someone else my full attention.

I just could lean back, see the blue sky and wonder if I'll ever be able to skate on real ice again.

It's freezing enough to enable the first marathon of this year on natural ice today.
Three places wanted to be the first, and the icemasters worked hard.
Two of them thought that nr. 3 wouldn't win, because he represented a very religious community, which respects the sunday rest very close.
But yet, Haaksbergen won (the nr 3) and so this evening the women will start for the marathon at 19.00 hours and the men an hour later.

The ice is about 4.5 cm's thick, so that's rather good.
The quality is almost perfect, as the wind was not too bad and the days were cold enough, but not too cold.

It's interesting that each year, when it's getting cold, people are completely pulled towards thinking they can skate everywhere.

Today many were not only called from the ice, but had to be rescued.

I have always taught my children what makes good ice, and when they're able to iceskate safely and especially when not.

Want to see some videos people made themselves?
You can see them here.

When I hear the squeeking and cracking of the ice I really long for the old days.
I learned it on the wooden skates the boy in movie 2 is wearing.

Do you ever skate on natural ice?


  1. Hi Laane! As a child, I skated on a lake in Michigan, and I remember listening closely for the 'crack' in the ice! We also have an award for you! Check out our blog:

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  2. I havent been ice-skating for more than 10 years.. I wish I could try ice-skating on natural ice but I think that'll be a long way to go.. We only have artificial ones here.. ;P

  3. Hi Laane - there is an award awaiting for you on my blog with my very best wishes, Polly x

  4. hi laane! i'm here to deliver a very special award,

    Happy New Year!

  5. I used to love ice skating. Growing up, we always skated on a lake. Now, I don't even know of a natural place to go skating.

  6. Hi Laane! I'm here to wish you and your family a blessed New Year. May 2009 be better for all of us.

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  8. Dearest Laane,
    It’s been wonderful knowing you.

    May you be more charming, richer, healthier and happiest this coming new year!!

    Happy year 2009!

    Greetings and cheers from sunny Singapore!


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