In a quite festive way I went ice skating at Alexandra Gardens in Windsor last night.
The whole idea of strapping yourself to two knives and balance on a frozen puddle is somewhat odd.. Having tried it once before I wasnt overly keen.. To head out onto the ice and risk life and limb to feel seasonal..
The whole principal of skating I get.. its simple.. keep upright.. push off with one foot as your glide gracefully on the other foot..
The practical side is a little different… Attempt to balance on skates… grab nearest solid object / person for fear of your ankles breaking through heading in opposite directions.. Try to avoid falling over and/or killing other skaters… Once your reasonably steady, you can attempt to move…
Now the whole movent idea is a little foreign.. In theory you should glide gracefully round the rink, as opposed to knocking your knees together, and pulling yourself round by means of the railing that goes almost all the way round the rink..
Those of you to who this sounds familiar with know of course of the dreaded gap; that area of the rink that has no side wall, and no railing.. The non skaters no mans land.. There is nothing in this area for us unbalenced people to hold onto..
This is where the leap (or glide) of faith comes into play.. The moment where there is no choice except to push off (be pushed or dragged depending on how fed up your skating friends are with you) and hope that you make it to the other side and safety of the railings before either falling over, breaking a limb, or killing some small child that decided to pirouette infront of you..
You can of course ignore me and make a visit to Royal Windsor ice rink, I mean its got refreshments (mulled wine, tea, coffee, soup, hot dogs!!) and you can always watch people having fun on the ice rink. Its actually fun regardless.. if not very cold…