Ice Skating Dreams

Recently, to celebrate my birthday, I wanted to fulfill two skating outdoors and ice skating in a skirt!  My sentimental heart so yearns to return to the days when women skated in woolens and velvet, fur-trimmed coats, cozy muffs, and pretty hats, and the gentlemen all wore suits.  And while I wasn't exactly dressed like that, I'm happy to report that it's quite easy to ice skate in a skirt!  And despite the 20 degree temperatures that day, I was quite toasty warm!

We skated at the new, outdoor rink called Puddle Dock Pond at Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth, NH.  Strawbery Banke is a living history museum, and its collection of period homes and the distant church steeple made such a lovely backdrop to the new rink.

We invited some of Colette's friends to come along, and we all had a delightful time!  I really do think that those who don't enjoy winter in New England need to find an outdoor hobby, because a day of exercise in the chilly air is completely rejuvenating to body and soul.

"Winter...a lingering season,
is a time to gather golden moments,
embark on a sentimental journey,
and enjoy every idle hour."

-John Boswell

We packed a basket of mugs and thermoses full of Colette's decadent hot cocoa.  Mmm...just the thing we needed to warm us up!


  1. Hi, It looks like a perfect day. I sometimes long for that romantic past too. Good thing we have period movies and books to bring us back!

  2. These pictures are as far removed from me as a whole other world. The beautiful old buildings, homes, are just wonderful. For a middle aged ( plus some ) Texas gal who only dreams of such far away outdoor winter adventure such as yours seems only to happen in story books :) I live in the piney woods of east Texas in a old worn mobile home, maybe you can understand my reasoning for such excitement over this post.....thanks for sharing........blessings friend

  3. It seemed pretty storybook-like to me too! I grew up in southern California and lived there my whole life, until almost seven years ago, so a day like this was just a distant dream to me.

    I'm glad you enjoyed the posting!


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