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On Thin Ice

 

"The hardest part of skating is the ice." --author unknown

 

We're still hoping the canals will freeze before this winter is over!

This is a 4 x 6.5-inch stained-glass painting hanging in our kitchen window.

 


On Thin Ice

 

"The hardest part of skating is the ice." --author unknown

 

We're still hoping the canals will freeze before this winter is over!

This is a 4 x 6.5-inch stained-glass painting hanging in our kitchen window.

 


comments (49)

  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 21 Jan 2011, 00:42
WOW...this is a gorgeous glass plate !
Ginnie Hart: I look at it almost every day, Sidney. One day, maybe, one day! Thanks.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 21 Jan 2011, 00:56
Wonderful
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Vintage. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 21 Jan 2011, 01:31
It's quite a lovely, frivolous thing, too, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: A few frivilous things around like this are soulful, Ray. grin Thanks. It was small enough to bring with me from America, so you could say it's been in my blood for a long time.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 21 Jan 2011, 06:16
When that happens we go again to Kinderdijk http://picturit.shutterchance.com/photoblog/.....Kinderdijk....._/ and walk on the ice.
The scene on this beautiful stained-glass is the real thing, people would go out and have a fun time skating.
I always have to look at it when I am in the kitchen, thank you for keeping it!
Ginnie Hart: I love the old-timey costumes of these girls, MLMA. It brings a smile every time I see it. Hartstikke bedankt.
lovely detail
Ginnie Hart: Grazie, Fabrizio.
What a lovely sight! How often (if ever in modern times) do the canals freeze?
Ginnie Hart: They froze two years ago, Patrushka, and that was the first time in our area in about 12 years. So it's a big deal! Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 21 Jan 2011, 07:22
oh, a beautiful painting - ja,meer Hollands kan idd niet zijn! (zover we Nederland vooral met molens, grachten, schaatsen...verbinden)!
Ginnie Hart: HA! I love it, Philine. Another thing to add to my list of "more Dutch you cannot get!" smile Bedankt.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 21 Jan 2011, 07:24
haha i like the quote, makes the glass picture look funny smile
Ginnie Hart: I love the line of girls in their Dutch costumes, Elaine. grin Thanks.
What a lovely piece of glass and I love the quote smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you most kindly, Bill. smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 21 Jan 2011, 08:03
Intriguing Ginnie: I thought they froze up every winter
Ginnie Hart: No, Chris. When they were frozen 2 years ago in our neck of the woods, it was the first time in about 12 years, as I recall. Everyone goes beserk. smile
Pretty stained glasses and of beautiful detail, beautiful photo,Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Roland.
  • Chantal
  • Nederland
  • 21 Jan 2011, 08:33
well, you wish is heard, we had frost this past night... a few more nights...
Ginnie Hart: It's freezing here again today, Chantal, but we will need many days of cold before the canals will freeze, as you know. I'm crossing my fingers.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Jan 2011, 09:17
The sort of thing they used to do in the olden days without batting an eyelid. If you tried to do it in this country, the Health and Safety bods would be all over you like a rash! Lovely old glass panel.
Ginnie Hart: I've been trying to figure out what part you're talking about, Ingrid...surely not the line skating? But...I trust that you know what you're saying. I guess these were indeed the good ol' days! Thanks.
You are so lucky to have this,its quite charming.
Ginnie Hart: I'm just glad I kept it and brought it over with me from America, Martin. It's being small helped a lot. smile Thanks.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 21 Jan 2011, 10:24
Wow, I suppose you could travel for miles on the frozen canals.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Chad...from one city to another! smile
This is in your kitchen? Wow. (And very well photographed as well.)

But I'm not sure if I agree with the anonymous author - skating would be a lot harder (and probably more fatal) with the ice!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, JP. Yes, in my/our kitchen, but it's very small and doesn't take up that much room.

I had to laugh about that quote when I finally got it because it makes a good pun, when you think about it. smile
What a delightful piece of art to have hanging in your kitchen window, Ginnie. I can just imagine how beautiful the colours are when it catches the sun. Do you know who the artist was?

The Rideau Canal in Ottawa freezes over in winter and provides countless hours of fun for hardy skaters. I hope you get the opportunity this winter, Ginnie, to skate on one of the canals in Holland.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Beverly. You got my curiosity about the artist, but the name is so small, even with a magnifying glass AND zooming in I can't decipher it. That tells me this piece is not a real painting on the glass but another way they put it on. But I love it.

I grew up on ice skates in Michigan but it was our baseball diamond, flooded in the winter months. Our cottage lake also frooze most years but the ice wasn't smooth. Still, I have happy memories. If not skating, maybe I'll at least walk on the frozen canals here before I'm dead and buried. That would be nice. smile
Why do old time winters always look better? Great to have a Frost fair on the Thames again.
Ginnie Hart: Almost anything old-timey seems so much more romantic, John, doesn't it! smile Thanks.
  • Fokkio
  • The Netherlands
  • 21 Jan 2011, 14:41
I hope for you it will freeze again. But I am ready for spring.
This is a beautiful glass painting.
Have a good weekend!
Ginnie Hart: I still have a few more weeks of winter left in me, Fokkio. smile And then spring can come. I'll be ready for that, too, I'm sure. Thanks.
A lovely bit of stained glass work, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Tom. Because it was small enough, I was glad I could bring it with me from America
Oh, I love these stained glass panals, I still have two from my days in the Netherlands, and my mum has a couple two. Lovely!
Ginnie Hart: I'm not sure where we bought this, Alex, in my past life. But I've always loved it and am glad I was the one who got to keep it! Thanks.
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 21 Jan 2011, 15:04
lol at the quote. I love to ice skate, but during my 25 years of growing up and surviving the cold north winters, there was only one year where a lake froze solid enough to go. It was wonderful! Love this enchanting window and how you've framed it. Feels like a painting now (which it issmile
Ginnie Hart: I grew up ice skating in Michigan, Sherri, on the flooded baseball diamond of our small town. Our cottage lake almost always was frozen but it was bumpy ice and not conducive to skating. But even walking on the ice would be fun. I hope I can do it here in Holland before I kick the bucket. smile Thanks.
  • tede
  • France
  • 21 Jan 2011, 15:05
Really splendid this window, you're very lucky to have this magnificent table in front of you every daysmile Nice day Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Tede. I love looking at this little piece (almost life-sized here) every day.
At first, I though tis was huge..I should read first Ginnie..It is good though and well taken.
Ginnie Hart: HA! It's almost lize-sized here on my page, Ron. I love it. Thanks.
It is gorgeous Ginnie. BTW I like the collection of 2011 shots on your blog and it goes without saying I am quite envious of all those delightful little churches you both keep going in.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Brian. You and I should swap churches every so often! smile
thats a lovely window to have Ginnie.But i say stroll on summer.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Mick. I do have a few more weeks of winter left in me this winter...and then I'll be ready for spring...then summer. Just call me a real traditionalist. grin
If I went skating I would need to be in a line a lot longer than four people. smile
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! That brings a great smile, Larry. grin
Its a beautiful stained glass, I would love it in my window. If the canal freezes, I would like a picture of you and Astrid doing just this!!!! grin
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Linda. If the canals freeze, I promise to at least get you a picture of Astrid...and she of me. smile
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 21 Jan 2011, 21:43
wow, this is a stained glass painting? i truly thought i want classic poster just like that.

happy weekend. where's the itinerary this weekend?
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Maria, a little stained glass piece. I love it and am glad I was the one who got to keep it (from my past life).

Yesterday Astrid took the day off so we could go together to pick up my 5-year resident permit card. YAY. We picked it up near Den Haag and then went on to the beach in Scheveningen to spend the day. I'll be spending the rest of the weekend on those pictures. smile
thats a beautiful window you have there, well captured
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. I love stuff like this, reminding me of the country I love.
Nice piece of history there Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Nothing like the good ol' days, Les! smile
Ha ha... I like the pun!
Where did you find these funny sayings, Ginnie?

I love this stained glass panel!
Those Dutch ladies are trying so hard to skate and to impress us. smile

Hang on, their aprons look very American
Kinda reminded of Wonder Woman.
Ginnie Hart: LOL, LC. I love your imagination. grin I just Google for those quotes and love what I come up with...like this funny pun. I love the old-timey costumes on these ladies. So fun...but not very conducive for ice skating, right?!
This glass is beautiful, Ginnie. Skating is quite a big thing in this area when the fens freeze. The so called "World Championships" are held locally whenever it's cold enough.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Graeme. I'm sure you've heard of the big long-distance skating races they have here in north Holland. It's definitely part of this country's heritage!
  • Peter
  • Canada
  • 22 Jan 2011, 01:15
This is a beautiful shot and an equally beautiful stained-glass painting....if you came to Ottawa you could be guaranteed that their 6 KLM canal if frozen and cleaned for skatinggrin....have a great day....petersmile

We used to live only a block away from it before we moved to Moonbeamgrin
Ginnie Hart: I grew up ice skating on our flooded baseball diamond in our small town in Michigan, Peter. It was a way of life in the winter time for all us kids. I have great memories of those days! I don't know if I will ever skate again but I can at least walk on the canals, if ever they freeze solid enough. That will be the day for me! smile Thanks.
That would make a great window for my door.
Ginnie Hart: If it were enlarged, Michael, it would be great just about anywhere. smile
  • ceanothe
  • United States
  • 22 Jan 2011, 06:59
Very nice shot !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Céanothe, for stopping by and commenting.
So pretty...a lovely image Ginnie, full of intricate details and beautifully soft tones! fabuloussmile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Pavan. You can see why this piece holds so much charm for me. smile
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 22 Jan 2011, 13:01
So typically 'Dutch'!!! What a wonderful piece of glass work. Such exquisite detail.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Marcie. You can see why this piece holds so much charm for me. smile
I love the atmosphere of this window scene. Most charming!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Doug. Anything with a windmill in it is always charming to me. smile
  • sil
  • Italy
  • 22 Jan 2011, 15:16
Such a beautiful painting! I wanto to see the frozen canals too! smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Sil. The canals have frozen here once this winter but not enough for 'fearless' skating. smile
Beautiful stained glass.
I love the accompanying quote, one that I readily agree with regarding the ice! BTW, I'm surprised the canals are not already frozen over enough to stand on them!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Kevin. Actually, the canals were mostly frozen around Christmas time but not hard/long enough for wide-spread skating. We saw just a handful of dare-devils. smile But all that melted. We'll have to get lots of below-freezing temps again to have any hope.
  • Peter
  • Canada
  • 23 Jan 2011, 05:56
The skating will come soon enough Ginnie so get back to work and provide us with another of your masterpieces grin......petersmile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I'll take that as a compliment, Peter. Thank you.
amazing stained-glass window, it is really beautiful. A+ VAL smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Valérie. Merci.
This is just gorgeous Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Richard. Merci.
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 23 Jan 2011, 12:53
beautiful capture
Ginnie Hart: Bedankt, Petra!
Such a beautiful item to have hanging in your window! It looks like an old community gathering scene in winter; very lovely. Sad to hear the canals haven't frozen over enough for skating this year.
Ginnie Hart: I smile every time I look at this piece, Mark. One day it'll be my turn. smile Thanks.
Very romantic; could have been drawn by Anton Pieck!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Wim, it does have the Anton Pieck feel to it. I can't read the signature but I can tell it's not Pieck...but I do wonder who! Bedankt.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 24 Jan 2011, 00:43
such a handsome piece of decor.. you captured it nicely.. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Rian. I smile every time I see it. smile
nice piece of stained glass and well captured too
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Ayush.

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