14 December 2012

day 14: skate


London's ice rinks are so tempting and the setting at Somerset House on a cold evening is prettier than many.  Waiting to meet my friend I watched the novices testing their blades in the nursery area, tentatively edging themselves along the railing, gaining momentum, wobbling  for a while and eventually gliding off.  It looked like fun and I wanted to join in but the left side of my brain knows that this would almost certainly be a step, or more likely a stumble and a crash, too far.

When I came home I checked up on Raeburn's Reverend Robert Walker skating on Duddingston Loch  to remind myself how it really ought to be done.  Quietly, with dignity, wearing a lovely black coat and hat.

6 comments:

Val , Kate, The Cute Kitten ,Razzy, Kepsey,Darwin ,Charon and Echo. said...

Ha ....a cautious but probably wise move...my imagination thinks I can skate ...but (actually my imagination thinks I can do a lot of impossible things)
The Raeburn painting is quite charming.

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Isn't that just the most perfect portrait ... always a favourite with me.

Skates of any kind are one of the fastest ways I know to end up in A&E! As a child my mother would only ever trust me with one roller skate, which tells you all you need to know about my lack of prowess!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I used to be able to skate , after a fashion , just as I used to ride .
But then once upon a time I felt immortal ! I'm just not a teenager anymore ....

60 going on 16 said...

I have always lusted after the good reverend's coat and hat.

Liz said...

When I was a little girl I wanted to ice skate just like Doris Day in one of her films. But there were no opportunities to try which is probably just as well as I had no balance.

Rattling On said...

Once again I'm jealous of all the things you have access to!