Monday, February 6, 2012

Winter Wonder Land

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.


  1. Hi Geke! I just LOVE seeing these photographs. Your grand-children out enjoying the wintery bonuses and having such fun. The landscapes in the snow; what a delight for me to share with you; I really enjoyed them. It certainly makes for a fabulous scenic photograph.

  2. Hi there, had no trouble clicking on the link you provided....great pics of your winter wonderland!!!!
    Paper Hugs,

  3. Stunning photos, Geke. Thanks for you comments. I'm more than happy to chat about sourdough bread. I renamed 'Betsy' when she produced glorious bread so now she's called Gloria and is about six months old. I have no trouble keeping the starter alive and have worked out a routine for baking. Happy to share.