After much serious doubt as to whether there would be any activities on the pond this
winter, we were finally able to spend some quality time on the pond this weekend! It's been
frozen, thawed and then frozen more times than we'd like to count over the last two months
but it was far from smooth and skating on a bumpy pond just ain't fun. The beginning of the
past week brought us rain followed by a quick freeze with no wind. And no wind is really
the key to getting ice that is smooth as glass.
It takes the Artist hours to clear the entire pond. The snow blower clears the majority
of the snow but it doesn't clear it all, so he covers the entire pond by foot to clear the rest.
Callie keeps a close eye on him, just to make sure he doesn't miss a spot.
And as soon as there is a large enough area, the twins have at it.
They declared they were going to skate ALL day and they pretty nearly did.
I, on the other hand, opted for some pond curling with my step-mom. Pond curling requires
even further ice clearing with a push broom to ensure those rocks glide as well as possible.
We also spray several coats of a super fine water mist on the ice, allowing each coat to freeze
before reapplying, to mimic that pebbly texture found on indoor curling rinks.
Our weekend weather was perfect with blue skies and temps hovering around
zero Celsius while the winter hearts of two twins were especially well fed.
~Be well friends~