It took awhile before I finished the December/January contributions to Joni's Zentangle Club but now I can finally show them.
For January we had to use Finery and Umble. Finery is not my favorite although it is a beautiful tangle. I just need more practise to get a better result. Other tangles I used: Chic, Flutter Tile, Kuginuki and Lacy.
Here I used Umble and also Ballot, Kuginuki, Emilie, Pokeleaf/root and Matt
I made a birthday card (Happy Birthday Carole!!) out of this one and added some colour to the Pokeleaves.
Holland is in the grip of winter. After a mild December and January with so much rain and wind, it finally began to freeze at the end of January with temperatures plummeting to as low as -15°C (5°F) at night and - 3°C (26°F) during the day. These freezing conditions will continue for the rest of this week and maybe even longer.
Holland is a country where ice skating is a national obsession. There are so many canals, ponds, lakes etc., that after some good night freezes the Dutch are eager to ice skate. It's a lot of fun for kids as there is always a ditch or canal near their house where they can (learn to) ice skate. Not to forget the long distance "tochten" tours where you can skate through the picturesque Dutch landscape.
Owen learning how to iceskate.
Jasmina having fun.
Ryan has no ice skates yet so being pulled is fun too.
While this freezing period keeps on they are speculating about a possible Elfstedentocht (Eleven Cities Tour). It's a tour/race about 200 kilometers (124 miles) which passes through or near eleven cities in the province of Friesland. The last one was held in 1997. Learn more about the Elfstedentocht here. To get an idea watch this video.
Last Friday it started snowing and we now have a white winter wonderland. Saturday it was absolutely a gorgeous day to go out for a walk. The sun was shining bright and the sky was blue. We walked for about two hours.
If you look good, you can see the rabbits hopping in the snow.
I'm a mother of four and grandmother of eight. We live in the Netherlands and being an Air force family (now retired) we lived in Arizona, Spain and New Mexico. I volunteer at our local flour mill store. Also I teach Dutch as a second language to an Afghan lady and bicycle lessons for women. Some of my interests are crocheting, knitting, papercrafts, Zentangle, baking, walking, the outdoors...