Today was a good day. It has long been a dream of mine to ice skate outside in a natural environment and today I ticked that off my list.
Aberdeen has had several days of sub-zero temperatures, freezing the water in lakes and ponds. We found what is really just a puddle of water on a field that froze solid. We’re essentially skating on the grass but it was perfect. Last week we had several days of rain so I guess it pooled here and then froze. It was wonderful. I couldn’t stop smiling. And we had it all to ourselves which made physical distancing a breeze.
Poor Ben has been working like a dog 7 days a week and couldn’t come. Lectures start this week and the covid pandemic has increased his workload exponentially. I spent almost the entire day outside and I really needed it. I had a terrible migraine last night and was up in agony for much of the night. The ice cold air on my head today was soothing. I like it when the temperature falls below zero because it’s dry. There’s no mud and no puddles because everything is frozen. I also like the feel of the cold air on my cheeks. Here’s a video:
My ice-skates I bought at a charity shop a year or two ago in anticipation of this day. This is the first time I’ve used them. I bought the kids’ skates online. Hopefully we’ll get to use them again before spring arrives. This winter feels like a proper winter.