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What winter is all about for the Dutch!

Too bad it's now all melted.

 

Hofwegensemolen windmill

in Bleskensgraaf, Netherlands.



Ice Capades

 

What winter is all about for the Dutch!

Too bad it's now all melted.

 

Hofwegensemolen windmill

in Bleskensgraaf, Netherlands.



comments (50)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Feb 2012, 01:31
No doubt it was goof fun while it lasted, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, it was, Ray. And as I keep saying, half a winter is better than no winter at all!
This is a beautiful composition - I love the POV you chose - to get the windmill, the bridge, and the girl with red!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Elizabeth!
  • rian
  • Vestavia Hills, AL
  • 17 Feb 2012, 04:02
must be fun skating on this.. smile nice shot! smile
Ginnie Hart: I grew up on figure skates, Rian, with smooth ice on a flooded baseball field. This is NOT the same. The skates they use here are speed skates with long blades and the ice is NOT smooth, full of cracks. That's why we've made the decision that I NOT skate on the canals...just walk! I value my life and limbs too much at my age. HA! Thanks.
  • Paule
  • United States
  • 17 Feb 2012, 05:55
Looks like fun!
Ginnie Hart: The Dutch live for this, Paule. Trust me. smile
  • Luiza
  • germany
  • 17 Feb 2012, 06:42
Very nice! Angela from Middelburgh also sent me some pictures on ice. Beautiful. We still have rain...
Ginnie Hart: Danke, Luiza. It lasted only 2 weeks but it was enough to "taste" it again!
Great scene! Very well seen and composed!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Andrei.
Una bonita imagen. Buen disparo.

Saludos
Ginnie Hart: Muchas gracias, Bernardo!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 17 Feb 2012, 07:15
Great shot, love the red in the picture. I am glad you had a blast, while was having a blast on the skates.
Skating on natural ice is sometimes a survival, BUT so much fun. We grew up with it. (I hope we don't have to wait another 3 years for skating again)
Ginnie Hart: I loved seeing you have so much fun on the ice...while I got to take pictures. We were both in our own zone. And yes, let's hope we don't have to wait 3 years again! Bedankt, MLMA.
It must be great fun skating on iced canals Ginnie!
Lovely capture.
Ginnie Hart: The Dutch go crazy when they can do it, Richard. It's quite something to see, if Astrid is a good indication!!! smile Merci.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 17 Feb 2012, 07:19
Brilliant Ginnie: I can just see Astrid on skates in places like this!
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Chris. You'd be so proud of your little sister. Remind me to show you my In Soul post on Monday where you will see her on the ice! smile Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 17 Feb 2012, 07:31
Oh, your heart must have jumped up -windmill- gevroren ijs on the grachten -schaatsers -en Astrid erbij -dit is een geluk om in Nederland te zijn en van de winter te genieten!
Ginnie Hart: This is so much like heaven on earth for me...for us...Philine. This is so Dutch and I guess you know by now how much that Dutchness is inside me! smile Hartstikke bedankt.
  • lisl
  • England
  • 17 Feb 2012, 07:45
Did Astrid skate here, too, Ginnie? I am sorry you have lost your snow and ice, as you enjoyed it so much
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Elisabeth. Actually, Astrid is out of the picture somewhere off to the right, skating to her heart's content while I stayed back and took pictures. I'll have pictures of her on my other blog on Monday, if you remind me to show you: http://www.ginniehart.blogspot.com/
I can picture Astrid whizzing off into the distance. Lovely picture Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: You know Astrid well, Bill. She was off to the right skating to her heart's content while I stayed behind taking pictures. Thanks.
Considering the amount of canals you have it is llike if the whole country doubles its size grin
Ginnie Hart: Good point, Juan Carlos! I really like that thought...and so true!! Gracias.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 17 Feb 2012, 08:10
I can just imagine the immense fun that you and Astrid must have enjoyed here.
Ginnie Hart: You've got that right, Chad. A bit of heaven on earth! Thank you.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Feb 2012, 08:33
Oh, well that's a shame. What a great view this is, though, with the skaters framed by the bridge and the iconic windmill behind. A week ago it was -7; yesterday it was +13!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Alan, what a shame, but at least we had a taste of it this year...the first time in 3 years. Thank you for your kind comment.
  • Mark
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Feb 2012, 08:42
Such a iconic shot. Have they been running the races round the canals or has it not been cold enough yet.
Ginnie Hart: The big race, the Elfstedentocht, was so close, Mark, but there were two weak links in the chain of 13 cities. So No Go this year. In fact, that biggest of all races has happened only 15 times in the last 100 years, if that tells you anything! Maybe next year? The Dutch are always hoping.
  • Laurette
  • South Africa
  • 17 Feb 2012, 08:48
A wonderful capture Ginne. I just love the view. Looks like they are having a lot of fun skating on the ice. Do not see scenes like this in SA much to hot...only place where kids can go and skate is at the ice rinks.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Laurette. The Dutch wait for this possibility every year. Ice skating is in their blood almost as much as riding bikes! I grew up on a man-made rink outdoors when our town flooded the baseball field. I have many happy memories of those years skating to my heart's content!
Lovely image, Ginnie. It`s everything I imagine about Holland in the winter. (:o)

It reminds me of the year my teenage daughter got roller blades for Christmas. After she had tried, unsuccessfully, to get the hang of them in the kitchen, I said I would show her how it was done. This created much glee between her and my husband, who obviously were expecting a fine comedy moment. Imagine the look on their faces when I glided smoothly up and down the drive, executing elegant turns, without a wobble!

Bone shaking roller skates from a very early age, and ice skates from the age of ten had stood me in good stead! A good reminder for both of them that I also was young once. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: HA! Fabulous story, Roz. It's like riding a bike...you never forget how to do it. smile
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 17 Feb 2012, 09:16
Picture-postcard perfect!! Just how I imagine Holland to be in the winter. Love it!!!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Marcie. It really doesn't get more Dutch than this. smile Now you know why we wanted to see the snow and freezing temps so much!
typical Dutch!!
Ginnie Hart: Precies, Chantal!
Wonderful capture of Astrid's special day. I never did ask - why weren't you skating?
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Mary. It's kinda a no-brainer about me not skating. I grew up on figure skates, which are very different from the speed skates (long blades) they use here on the canals. Secondly, my ice was very smooth, while canal ice is rough and full of cracks. If you don't pay attention, your blades get caught and pitch you into a fall. It happens to the Dutch all the time and they're used to it! Astrid and I both decided it wasn't worth it. After my older brother fell this week and broke his hip (he's only 3 years older!), I was glad for our decision. There are some flooded rinks that are smooth, so maybe next time I'll do that? We'll see.
  • Pedroeric
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Feb 2012, 10:48
Would love to do this Ginnie great framing with the bridge and windmill.
Ginnie Hart: You'd have a blast, Peter. Thank you.
Snow and ice can also beautiful pictures and sports in town. Your picture reminds me of a Christmas greeting card.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Marie. Maybe I'll make it into a Christmas card one year! smile
on dirait une patinoire,j'aime bien la vue avec ce pont et ce moulin
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear l'Angevine. This is so Dutch, as you surely know.
  • Fred Adams
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Feb 2012, 11:34
Looks a wonderful place to outside in winter Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: You've got that right, Fred!
  • Djawa
  • Indonesia
  • 17 Feb 2012, 12:01
i can't see my comment ginnie., wrong select grin
Ginnie Hart: I saw your first comment but it wasn't visible to everyone else, Djawa, because it went to me only. This one now is public. Thank you.
This is great, I would have loved to have seen a frost fair on the Thames of old.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, John. Wouldn't that have been fun...skating on the Thames!
  • Rob
  • United States
  • 17 Feb 2012, 15:05
Looks like fun - skating from one cafe to another.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly right, Rob. Those "cafés," believe it or not, are right on the edges of the canals in little kiosks set up to sell soup and bratwursts! Seriously. Nothing like it in the world. smile
More cold weather forecast for us next week, so no doubt it will reach you first!
Ginnie Hart: The temps here are 5-9 C for highs till Wednesday next week, Tom. It doesn't look like it's hit us yet? But you never know, of course. Things can turn on a dime!
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Feb 2012, 15:44
Its really good to see everyone enjoying the winter, I would be really worried of the ice cracking!! smile
Ginnie Hart: Astrid says it's important for the ice to crack, Linda, but I can't remember why. HA! grin
  • Krunal
  • United States
  • 17 Feb 2012, 16:02
love the perspective...and a wonderful composition
Ginnie Hart: Thank you and thank you, Krunal!
Must be a relief to some too...great shot Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Well, Pavan, the Dutch live for the frozen ice once winter comes. One week is better than nothing but I know many would have loved more. Thanks.
Lovely shot Ginnie, I do so envy you seeing those windmills all the time. When I first went to Amsterdam in 1963 I bought a model one back which had a light inside and music box, sadly my Dad wound it up to tight once and broke the music box mechanism, he got a real ear bending from my Mum. It now stands on our bedroom windowsill.
Ginnie Hart: Those windmills are definitely something else...even if the music box no longer works, Brian. Thanks.
I love it Ginnie... it's nice to see people skating on the canals this year... your framing with the windmill and bridge is superb....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Peter. This is the first time in 3 years that the canals have frozen, so everyone went crazy! I love it!
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 17 Feb 2012, 17:54
Nice! I like the windmill.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Oscar. Gracias.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Feb 2012, 18:41
Very pretty indeed smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Cherry.
Great shot in an important Dutch tradition1 The girl in the red hat is in the right place for your composition.
Ginnie Hart: Hartstikke bedankt, Wim. I love this Dutch tradition!
  • Antoine
  • France
  • 17 Feb 2012, 22:15
Superb shot Ginnie. Have a lovely night Ginnie. Amicably Antoine.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
That envy! You're lucky to enjoy it ...

Beautiful picture Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Even the Dutch envy this, Eduardo, because it doesn't happen every year. It was 3 years ago when they were last able to skate on the canals like this. Thank you. Muchas gracias.
  • Namaki
  • France
  • 18 Feb 2012, 09:24
it reminds me of the picture book I had when I was a child... and to me Holland was really synonym of tulips, windmills and iceskating !
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Namaki. This is so...DUTCH! smile Merci.
  • Arash
  • Dubai
  • 18 Feb 2012, 13:12
Great composition, Ginnie!
very well done, as usual.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Arash.
  • tede
  • Germany
  • 18 Feb 2012, 15:23
With the windmill to witness! A splendid view and a magnificent place to skate. Ginnie nice day.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Tede. The windmill is often the silent witness to what goes in in Dutch life. I love it. Thank you.
  • Rolf
  • Sweden
  • 18 Feb 2012, 15:47
What a lovely place to skate on. Here it has not melts away. We have half a meter of snow, right now.

Have a nice day
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Rolf, for stopping by and commenting. You're north of us, so I expect your winter will last a bit longer than ours. Right now we're back to above freezing temps...for a week now.
now that is a cool place to skate ....!!!!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, it is, Dennis! smile Thank you.
Kiss, Ginnie, bon dimanche...
Ginnie Hart: Awww, shucks. smile Merci, Pierrot.
  • Mats
  • Sweden
  • 19 Feb 2012, 14:28
Very nice photo, looks like a wonderful day!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Mats. It was! smile
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 19 Feb 2012, 21:53
I love this shot - it's so iconic.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, George. More Dutch you cannot get (which makes a good definition for iconic, I guess!).
  • Puna
  • US
  • 20 Feb 2012, 16:36
Loving your winter shots Ginnie! No snow here...
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Puna. Thank you. We had just enough snow, lasting only 2 weeks.... It satisfied the longing. smile
  • Jany
  • FRANCE
  • 23 Feb 2012, 09:23
Magnifique ,ça pourrait faire une très jolie carte de voeux...
Ginnie Hart: I think you're right, Jany. Thank you kindly. Merci.

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