Frozen Thoughts on Ice

30 November 2008 · 2 comments

in Personal & Holidays

Today I went skating on a pond not far from my house. The weather has been cold enough all week for the pond to be safe and it was a beautiful experience. The ice was so clear you could see the dead water lily pads on the bottom.

The last time I ventured onto ice outdoors was 13 years ago when I lived in Canada. We lived in a house in the middle of the bush which was inaccessible by car in the winter. We had to sledge down the track on GT racing sledges, shopping stuck in bags along with any other gear. I spent one month cross-country skiing to and from work. It really was cross country in that I had to batter out the tracks with my skis. My husband worked for a tree surgeon based in Muskoka. His first job required accessing the property by skidoos crossing a lake. The brashings were burnt by making a huge bonfire on the lake. The ice was so thick, the fire didn’t melt through it.

Scotland also has a proud historic association with ice which continues this day. Grantown-on-Spey has an outdoor curling rink and when the temperature plunges and the ice reaches the Official Safe Depth, many people come for a bonspiel. The island of Ailsa Craig, off the Ayrshire Coast is famed for its rock which makes decent curling stones.

Finally I think back fondly to Sweden. There are almost 200 forest schools, mostly nurseries, where learning to ice skate outdoors is regarded as a key outdoor activity in winter. Tomorrow when I head to my city school, I will day dream of joining those children making the most of the cold weather and bright skies to appreciate the sheer joy of wrapping up warm and skating in the sunshine.

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Visit www.joellucks.com December 2, 2008 at 22:02

Juliet,
What a great post! I remember as kid growing up on Long Island, when the winters here were much colder, I would ice skate on our local ponds. Unfortunately, we never seem to get those lasting temperatures any more. Of course, in the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains up state New York, the winters can be quite brutal.

I immensely enjoyed reading about your years in Canada. What an incredible life adventure. I was in Alaska in 2006, fishing for a week on the Kenai Peninsula, and clearly it was not difficult to imagine the cold winters there. Telephone poles marked off the number of snow in feet and often the markings would go as high as 12, 13, and 14 feet.
I’ve never been to Scotland but I can “feel” the culture and sense the great warmth of the people.
Joel
P.S. I think I’m getting the rhythm of blogging.

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CreativeSTAR December 3, 2008 at 21:42

Hi Joel

Our frosty weather continues over here and it’s just a lovely change. But Alaska is another different story! My son decided to go to soccer practice wearing just a T-shirt and it did occur to me that’s outwith Alaska he’s the only kid who wouldn’t think minus 3 degrees centigrade is on the cold side!

I gave myself the summer holidays to get used to blogging. I’m just pleased that I’ve found a weekly blog very manageable. According to all the business and marketing experts, good blogs get up dated a minimum of three times per week! However I have a life outwith my blog so I guess I’m in the “not so effective” blogging category. LOL!

Anyway. Thanks for getting in touch. Enjoy ice fishing this winter!

Best wishes
Juliet

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