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......Not this year.....


We only needed 3 more nights with -10°C then this dream would have come true……



......Not this year.....


We only needed 3 more nights with -10°C then this dream would have come true……


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  • Ray
  • Not Germany...
  • 28 Feb 2018, 01:05
Oh well... sad

Next year might be a good one, Astrid.

[I just read of a Bike Tour of Dutch Capitals...about 1400km total...perhaps you might consider this as an alternative, as it does not require you to depend of weather conditions...]
Picturit: I know, Ray. But this is the fever we have. The moment we know it starts freezing for a longer time we hope, always hope on that moment of pure freedom, skating the canals. Last time was (I think) 8 years ago....
WOW that is quite the tour, you can do it in 110 hours and it takes you to the lowest point, highest point of Hollandshire and the national capital (Amsterdam). That is a challange..
A shame, keep dreaming, Astrid. smile
Picturit: I know, Frank. Always good to have dreams smile
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Feb 2018, 02:34
Dreams are what make us real smile
Picturit: I know, Cherry and that is the nice thing about it.
Wouldn't that be special!! Nice post, Astrid!
Picturit: Thank you, Elizabeth. Well one day it will be there again (I hope wink )
So close, but no cigar. (sigh) Maybe next year, indeed. We can always keep hoping. Gotta love your image, though. Have you ever thought of getting red skates (like your boots)????
Picturit: I know, Ginnie. I just saw 3 more nights with minus 8 Celsius. However there was too much wind and the 'ice-floor' is very 'treacherous'....I would not even dare to try... No, there is something about black skates... Red boots are okay.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 28 Feb 2018, 06:21
Oh, I hope this dream will come true for you! Today we are expecting the coldes day! I love your image!
Picturit: Maybe next year, Philine. I can wait... We had the coldest day too. Thank you, Philine.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 28 Feb 2018, 06:28
That's a pity Astrid. I don't like to think of the Dutch nation pining for their favourite activity without any chance of getting there..
Picturit: It was 21 years ago that we had the 'eleven cities tour' In Friesland.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elfstedentocht (the video is 63 years old, like I am) Those were the days.
This morning I heard an interview with one of our skaters who won gold in the Olympics, she was asked the question..... Olympic Games or the eleven city tour.... her answer was 'the eleven city tour' now you know why we get a fever when it starts freezing....... the skate-fever... HA
Il faut continuer d'esperer ..un jour peut être ..
Bonne journée
Picturit: I know, Claudine. It is great to have dreams and maybe one day soon we can skate...
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 28 Feb 2018, 06:51
Three nights at that temperature is hard to get these days, Astrid
Picturit: I know, it will be minus 8 for 3 days... I might give it a go at Saturday IF there is no snow on the ice...
Ja, schaatsen langs de molens...Hollandser kan niet hè ?
Ja, was leuk geweest nog wat meer vorst.
Leuk winterstilleven
Picturit: Dank je wel, Marjolein. Ik heb een paar keer op Kinderdijk geschaatst, wel erg uniek hoor zo tussen de molens. Ik woon 'vlak' bij de Giessen en dat is mooi schaatsen. Ben opgegroeid bij de Loosdrechtse plassen dus ik weet niet anders dan lange tochten maken...
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 28 Feb 2018, 07:51
That video looks so impressive, ice skating is something that I can do but not very well Astrid.
Picturit: This is so much fun and I skated at Kinderdijk a few years ago. It is an unique lace to skate...
I am average too. Not fast, but I am able to skate for a long time.
I have fond memories of skating round the canals of Boskoop in the days when we had long hard winters.
Picturit: HA, So you know, Martin. And you saw the people with skate fever. You were at a wonderful location to have the real deal.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 28 Feb 2018, 10:08
You people up north are a bit strange. One day there is a lot of moaning about the winter that is too cold or too long and then there is complaining that it didn't freeze for long enough. Tjonge, tjonge grin
Picturit: I know, Louis. Tjonge, tjonge....that is the right expression to use... A lot of people are complaining if we cannot skate, I will tell you a secret, we are always complaining HA HA HA...
What a shame it hasn't frozen enough to skate, I know it is a pastime you enjoy.
Picturit: I know, Brian. So close and it did not happen. Well we just keep dreaming about it. And yes I love to skate.
I would LOVE red skates. I had robin egg blue ones in the 60's.

Even we did not get great ice this winter with all the constant melting. What a treat skating here would be.
Picturit: I have black ones, the long blades for the long distances. I know I would love to be around your place for skating...
As I drove through Tibberton this morning I noticed the canal was freezing and I thought of you!
Picturit: Thank you, Bill. Isn't that strange that some situations we se, we think about people we know that enjoy being there or doing something special.
Were there people skating, or was it too dangerous.
Only ice is missing smile
Picturit: smile I know.... maybe next winter.
  • willy
  • belgium
  • 28 Feb 2018, 18:37
wie zou daar niet willen schaatsen Astrid..

je was er klaarblijkelijk klaar voor..

de Elfstedentocht met de fiets lijkt me wel een mooi alternatief..

prettige avond
Picturit: Het is heel speciaal om daar te schaatsen. Op de fiets langs de Elfsteden zou ook erg mooi zijn, Friesland is een mooie provincie.
Over 9 weken heb ik alle tijd van de wereld om te doen wat ik/we willen....
Jij ook nog een prettige avond, Willy.
ah well... maybe next year...
Oh, bummer! But I do like those red skates! smile
Picturit: Yes bummer indeed right now we have above freezing 40 F.... and it rained. I like the red, however I do love my black ones (long blades)

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