Happy Birthday Bea

Yesterday was Queen’s Day (Koninginnedag) and the world around me was orange.

Our Queen is very powerful indeed.  For the past 2 weeks we had rain and grey skies.  This morning I woke up to thunder, lightening and rain.  You see the weather in the photos here?  Queen’s Day was sunny warm and beautiful.  How did she do that?  Amazing.

We went into Haarlem fairly early (10-ish) and the bands were just getting set up.  Music started around 12:00 all over the city.  Before that, starting much earlier, the “garage sale” began.

We walked up and down streets full of sellers and browsers and a few buyers.  I’ve never seen so many kids clothes in one day!  If you want second hand clothes for your kids just bring a big shopping bag and load up once a year here.  You’ll save a fortune.

Streets quickly became super crowded.  I took this photo and then we bailed out of this area.

We hung out at Nieuwe Kerkplein for a while and listened to this band, Kilimanjaro.  Don’t give up your day jobs yet boys!

After several hours, and lots of schlepping around, we had had enough and headed home.  The partying went on into the night.  I guess we’re getting old.

The rest of the afternoon I spent sitting outside in the back garden, listening to a podcast and knitting.  It was wonderful.  Long live Bea and her powers over the weather.

Brrrrrrr!

Today marks the longest streak of below freezing weather since 1997.  It was only a week ago that I was complaining that it’s been an incredibly mild winter which felt like just a prolonged Fall.  Daffodils were blooming already.  Them WHAM the weather blew in from the north and we haven’t seen any temp above freezing for a week, day or night.  It’s supposed to continue for at least another week.

Today I didn’t feel at all like running.  The only place I could imagine safely running without slipping in the snow would have been at the beach.  And running on the beach with a super freezing wind blowing on your face didn’t sound at all fun.  I convinced DB to come for a walk instead.  I expected we’d walk for an hour, just around town.  We ended up walking for 2 hours and about 10km, all around Haarlem Noord.  Here are photos I took.  The canal skating was at 3 different places around town.

Weeeeeee!
Weeeeeee!
any hill will do
any hill will do

There was a group of boys who had taken the wheels off of their skateboards and just stood on them and glided down this little hill.  The poor boys snowboard I guess.

making an ice rink
making an ice rink
learning to skate
learning to skate
canal in Haarlem
canal in Haarlem
clearing snow for skating
clearing snow for skating
ice hockey in the park
ice hockey in the park
cold feet
cold feet