Thursday 17 December 2009

Skating on thin ice

With increasingly monotonous regularity, I am abandoning the boy at home whilst I'm out gallivanting. It's only fair. He'll be doing that to me soon enough, so I might as well get my revenge in first. As I'm not returning home to he smell of cigarettes, empty vodka bottles or used condoms, I assume he's still at the stage of gluing his eyeballs to the computer screen to chat with friends on MSN. My only worry last night when I called him to check he was OK was that his response to the question about food and evening meal was "I've just had porridge". I guess that's good training for University.

Last night I was ice skating at the Tower of London. As the snow started to fall yesterday afternoon, it seemed we were going to be blessed with a skate in enchanted surroundings being gently covered in snow flakes. What a shame then that the snow turned to drizzle and we just got soggy. Also a shame that I confused the Tower of London with Tower Bridge, so arranged to meet my friends south of the river, rather than the north. They thought the pub was an odd choice, and so indeed it was. But it wasn't more than a ten minute walk across the river in the rain and bitter wind. Our only delay was Tower Bridge being raised...we gazed on like tourists, instead of the weary Londoners we are who cross it every day.

Our skating prowess was unquestionably improved by the two large glasses of red wine we had before launching on to the ice. But for some reason we were a bit wobbly. I think the wine also helped minimise the impact of noticing that everyone else was still in the twenties. Clearly this is a young persons' sport. Apologies to my fellow skaters who I barged past when I didn't know how to stop.

Tonight it's the school Carol Concert. After our office Christmas lunch. I fully intend to be joining in and bellowing out some traditional Christmas tunes. Apologies to the boy in advance.


  1. The only over 20's at my "local" (50 mls away) ice rink are, like me, parents; so I know what you mean about the age thing...

    Hope you enjoy your boy's school's carol service. I've got one of those to endure today too.

  2. Hope the lunch went well (wish I could be there!) and that the carol service was exceedingly merry....

  3. What a lovely setting for the skating. I'm too much of a coward to try, but Kay skates quite well having had lessons as part of her Duke of Edinburgh award. I was always amazed to see little toddlers skating so well while the grown-ups hung onto the sides of the rink!

  4. Sounds like great fun, wonderful time to be in the City. Sing up!

  5.'s worrying isn't it!
    NVG - we missed you...
    Rosiero - toddlers have no fear I think
    Kellogsville - I sang


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