Below zero: the place to be

January 15, 2012 in SWEDEN | Comments (21)


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Walking on ice

Below Zero. The lake Drevviken in Stockholm is now covered in silvery grey ice, with ripples of white frost…

The ripples continue over the frozen grass.

If there is ice at all on the lake, it is usually covered with snow, which is cleared away to make tracks. But today the whole lake was glittering with promise for long-distance skaters. The parking lot at Hökerängensbad ( a public beach) is usually empty in winter. Today there wasn’t a parkling place left.

From the bus window on return from the winter sales I saw the crowds. Then raced with doggy down to the lake. We sat on a pier and watched the long distance skaters on the other side. Some disembarked at our pier from their “sailing” over the lake,  to take off their long silver skates … and walk home.

The air felt rare and full of promise. Skaters made these sounds I love – scrapes and a hollow kind of dwoing dwoing dwoing whooing.

Days like today are a  gift. Today’s minus 2 or 3 deg C feels warm compared with the previous week above zero,  with invading moist winds creeping down your neck armed with tiny cruel drops of chill factor.

We continued round the lake on the icy path (wearing extra spikes) and then saw where all the ducks had gone. The water at the end of lake was not frozen and lay at the foot of a copse of trees, making a sheltered pond for the duckies. Taking snap of them I raised false hopes that I had come bearing food and despite the dog the ducks floated up to us expectantly.

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