January 10, 2011

a little bit of canadian winter





There is nothing as quintessentially canadian as skating (hockey) and sledding in the winter. Almost every park sets up a skating rink. Usually there are two: One for hockey and one for families to skate around. Once boards are up, they're pretty much for hockey players though you can catch quiet times and you can skate around without having to deal with a puck or rubber ball smashing into you. We used to live right beside a park at the previous house and I loved hearing the 'thud thud thud' of the puck being pounded into the boards and empty net. It was a sound you could hear all day long during the weekends.

Since there is now a brand spanking new house where the empty lot used to sit in our neighborhood, the neighbors can no longer hose that empty lot down for our own make-shift skating rink. So we've had to go back to the park a few blocks away. It's a great way to spend an afternoon though and even better to come home to warm up and drink some hot chocolate. Ah...



16 comments:

Lia Chen said...

Love the pictures! We don't have winter and snow here. So looking at these pictures are breath taking. Keira is so pretty with her outfits. Have fun there can see :)

Francois said...

Beautiful pics!

Chantale said...

Thanks Lia. I must admit, when the day is white and sunny, I do love it. Your kids would love to go sledding here!

Chantale said...

Thanks so much Vinny!

Susan Yuen said...

Beautiful pictures! Hope you all had a fabulous New Year!!! :)

Anabel Fournier said...

Oh God!!! These are wonderful images of winter wonderland :-) I do not mind when it's cold and it is snowing. It is so beautiful when everything is white.
We are expecting some snow tomorrow... we'll see if it happens!
Happy Monday & Week to you!

Audrey said...

Those pictures are lovely. I miss skating on the neighborhood rink. We don't have any here in town because the weather is not cold enough to sustain one. Boo hoo. Because I have fond memories as a kid going skating with my sisters and neighbors. We have to go up to the ski hill to skate outside. You guys are lucky!

Kenziepoo said...

Love these photo's! Just gorgeous!

Chantale said...

Thanks everyone! Your comments always make me feel so positive. : )
Audrey: I didn't know that! So.. come on over and visit!! : )

kribss said...

lovely photos- still hate winter!

did i tell you there's a slight chance we could be moving to calgary???? no offense but i chose houston!

deb duty said...

Oh how beautiful! What a magical setting! Your photos are beautiful.

thatgirlblogs said...

she looks so happy :)

Mercedes said...

This is lovely

kbreints said...

Beautiful! Looks like you are having fun!

julie said...

I just LOVE that first shot!! Living on the West coast of BC, we don't get very many opportunities to skate outside like that!! Normal for you, magical to me :)

Branson @ Reflection of Something said...

Very nice! I especially love the first one!