Posts tagged “amsterdam canals

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As I’ve shown in the last two posts, December 21 dawned bright , clear & cold – and it ended bright, clear & cold. I played hooky from (American) or skived off (British) work in the afternoon to play tennis…but got to the courts to find frost still on the courts and all play suspended. The choices then were go home and slouch around depressed either avoiding work and feeling guilty or doing work and feeling put-upon, or embrace the day. These photos tell you my choice :-). Look closely the canal photo in the gallery below & you’ll note that there’s still frost in one corner of the photo. I think the air temps were formally just above freezing between 2 and 4ish, the time of this bike ride — but unless the sun was shining directly on something, the overnight frost did not melt. And that’s me soaking up the sun with my tennis bag in the bike’s basket behind me–didn’t go home to drop it for fear I’d sink into torpor if I did.


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On the other side of that bridge is, in fact, the Amstel River. Just in case you ever wondered where it is 🙂

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I might be wrong about the name of that photo, but I think I remember where I took it. It’s the last truly lovely nearly-summer-type of photo that I’ve not yet posted, from various walk and bike explorations of my new neighborhood. Although there are a few still unposted that have a bit of green in them, I’m mentally bidding the sun and green adieu with this shot…which means you’ll start seeing (even more) autumn and winter in the Amsterdam series, even as Petra will continue reminding us the sun still shines elsewhere. There’s a chance of snow tonight, in fact. But I’m still getting out plenty, since covid lockdowns mean near-constant work from home again. Hope you’re getting out also.

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So while I’ve been sorting and posting photos from the cool things I saw while in Jordan … two months ago … life here in Amsterdam has rolled along, with longer nights and shorter days. It’s the first time I’ve lived this far north since many decades ago, so even though the early dark, along with the frequent gray skies and rain tend to depress me a wee bit and drive me to sit indoors watching television and eating junk food…still I do manage to force myself outdoors frequently enough to get lots of photos of sunsets on the canals. Or at least I did when the work day ended before the daylight did. Now that work days end after the daylight does, I haven’t quite figured out how I’ll stave off the inevitable growth of my waistline over the course of a winter that will be dominated no doubt by rain, cold, and covid restrictions on the public commons. Ugh. Still, I’ll be doing my best to bring you beauty where I find it. 🙂


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