Winter sports are the best

We went to Newcastle for the afternoon. It started off badly: there was rain, the children wanted to go home and we had nothing planned other than to walk around in the rain for a couple of hours before going back to York. But then things changed. First we ran into someone famous:

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Then I saw this bicycle and any city that is home to a cyclist who rides one of these is all right in my mind.

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But the crème de la crème was when we discovered the outdoor skating rink (that’s a very blurry shot of me – in the stripy top – with a not so blurry Elizabeth):

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We have taken the kids skating a few times in the past but they have never really enjoyed it…..until today. They were both so enthusiastic to begin with and this did not wane. There were squeals of pleasure from both of them and they each did a pretty good job of staying on two feet.

I loved every minute of it. I love the winter sports of skiing and skating and I especially love ice-skating outdoors. What I found particularly enjoyable was ice-skating outdoors in the cold while listening to cheesy Christmas carols. This just doesn’t happen in the Southern Hemisphere since Christmas occurs during our summer.

Newcastle is very nice. There’s some inspiring architecture.

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The people – called Geordies – are very friendly. They’ve also got a river called the Tyne which until 1966 was the city’s toilet. During the 1960s it received 3,200 litres of sewage per second. Now the city’s sewage gets intercepted before it pollutes the river and diverted to treatment works at Howdon. Here’s the river:

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16 thoughts on “Winter sports are the best

  1. What a shame that it rained. Newcastle is indeed a very fine city – beautiful like so many of those that the East Coast train runs through York, Durham, Peterborough.

    I’m gla you found so many things to make your day in the end. & you are looking fab, my dear, in your famous black and white coat.

  2. I love the pic of Daniel with the old guy (Santa), and the out-door skating looks fabulous. However, it is so bloody dark over there that you need a torch (flashlight) in the middle of the day to see where you are going, or am I being overly dramatic!

    1. The early sunset works well with the festive atmosphere because there are Christmas lights everywhere and it needs to be dark before you can appreciate them.

  3. Isn’t it great when a day starts out bad and then ends up so good as in this one? Love the pics, especially the one of your son with that ‘someone famous’ – fantastic 🙂

  4. Yes, that’s a lovely photo of Daniel. Glad you had such a wonderful time on what could have been an awful day but for…. Judging by your photos, Newcastle looks lovely. I’d love to see the owner of that bike and also a video of him/her riding it! 🙂

    1. It really only rained for about 20 minutes but that 20 minutes was just after we got off the train which is why I said it started off badly. I also don’t mind a bit of rain, especially English rain which tends to be a drizzle rather than a torrential downpour.

  5. You missed a day of blogging…….but made up for it with this post. I always enjoy your outings. You make the ordinary doings of life fun. And I like it that you don’t go overboard with the info. lol A little dab will do us. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much for saying this, mixedupmeme. I’m mindful that no-one wants to read a boring essay about every tiny detail of our outings so it’s nice to hear that I’m getting the detail right and making things sound interesting.

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