After writing the previous post, it snowed about 2-3 inches. And most of the waterways across the country are now frozen. The hot news in the Netherlands was the weather, you would have thought there had been a blizzard. This old New Englander had to laugh when almost all transportation came to a stop. Flights were delayed, trains could not run and many things were cancelled. The good news was that people could ice skate and children were having lots of fun with the snow. Last night, it was pretty cold with a record low of -22 (-6 F).

Here are photographs of the outdoor Dutch life on February 4, 2012, in our town.  You will see lots of ducks, the neighborhood heron, skaters and empty bike racks. It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood. All of these pictures were taken within minutes of our home.

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  • Jane Moore Houghton  On February 5, 2012 at 2:14 am

    So envious here in Massachusetts! Love the photos!!

  • Aledys Ver  On February 5, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Beautiful photos!! Yesterday was a gloriously beautiful day, wasn’t it. I walked to a friend’s place last night and on the way back at 1am with -14° walking through the white surface under a bright almost full moon was magical and very energizing! We also got a bit lost, it was difficult to find what was road, or bike path or canal really, but we didn’t mind.
    Funny that everyone gets so excited; as someone coming from a much warmer part of the world I expect locals to be used to this kind of weather. I hear the Elfstedentocht buzz every year too. I hope we get to see it some day!

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