Monday, January 12, 2009

windmills on ice

schaatsers in tegenlicht

Holland from a different point of view.

Friese doorlopers

The couple on the right were riding old fashioned wooden "frysians".

Friese doorlopers

Those pictures were taken here. I did about ten kilometers and now have blisters. Not in the usual places, but on my shins! Conclusion, I love the blades but hate the shoes. Not all of them, just the part above the ankle. The actual foot area of the shoe was rather nice, but the red swellings on the sides of my shins somehow spoilt the fun. I have already started taking them apart and plucking out some of the so called "ankle support" aka "ankle torture" filling. Fortunately I will be able to fit these blades on to different shoes.

After making this one (the one I got now, in a hurry, at a discount) Raps has developed a better line, of which I have read many good reviews. This time I will take my time and I have the whole summer to choose the right shoe at leasure. Once I find the perfect shoe, I will also be able to equip it with an inline skate wheel set instead of an ice blade. How good is that!


SandyCarlson said...

Good luck with those blisters. I am learning a lot about skating from you!

Reader Wil said...

Wonderful and excellent photos, Thyme. Too bad about the blisters.

Pietro said...

Thyme, what a beautiful place! These photos are so nice: vastness, great light, the windmills, people skating...
I enjoyed them very much!

thyme said...

Thank you, Sandy and Readerwil, in the end only one real blister. I will have to be better prepared next time, it was all so quick!

Pietro, I agree, and even for us this is a rare sight. A winter like this that keeps on for three weeks, we haven't had in a very long time.

SandyCarlson said...

Had to come back. I love that first shot!

Dick said...

Fantastic pictures

Smart Mouth Broad said...

Sorry your skates are hurting you. But the skating looks like so much fun and I love the windmills in the background.

Nihal said...

SUPER photos, Thyme! I love very much the first windmills, wow... catch me breathless! When I was in Hollanda it was spring. Tulips, smell of fresh greens all everything was amazing.
But now I'm thrilled when seeing this, and want to make a Winter Voyage in Holland. Yes I should.

10-stars for this great post:)