Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Skating Around The Christmas Tree

On the weekend we took the girls to Brighton to go ice skating. Just for the festive season, the lovely
Brighton Council have allowed for a real ice skating rink to be constructed. It has been set up on the beautiful grounds of the Brighton Pavilion.

 We were lucky to get on the ice rink as we managed to get the last four tickets for the early afternoon session.  The girls had only ever been skating on the plastic ice skating rinks, so this was a new experience for them. 
 The Pavilion looked beautiful and they had a band playing Christmas carols whilst we skated. 
 I hadn't been on the ice since I was seventeen, so I wondered if I could still do it. It was a breeze and I can't wait to go again. I can't believe how hefty I look in the photos but I did have quite a few layers on as the weather has been freezing. Hubby said I looked like a Victorian skater with my Christmas coat on. All I needed was one of those furry hand muffs to finish it off.
 The girls were not as easy on the ice, but I am hoping with a bit of practice they will get the hang of it.
After ice skating, we went to the international buffet for lunch. 
 This guy was playing Christmas carols on his saxophone and it sounded beautiful.
A festive scene from Brighton.

We had a  lovely day and none of us can wait to go ice skating again.


23 comments:

  1. Sounds like you all had a wonderful time!

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  2. What a lovely afternoon - Christmas carols and ice skating!

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  3. Sounds like the perfect afternoon, and so festive with Christmas music as well. Great photos

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  4. What a wonderful day. Thanks for sharing the photos.

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  5. Love all the pictures! Especially in contrast with how the boys and I spent our day yesterday (hiking in short sleeves in 65-degree weather). :D

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  6. Awww what a beautiful family you have! And I love your red jacket.

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  7. What a delightful afternoon - captured forever in lovely photographs. I can hardly wait to see the scrapbook page :)

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  8. Oh, that looks like so much fun! I'm a terrible ice skater -- can hardly stand without toppling over -- but it's always entertaining and fun to try. :) Glad y'all had such a lovely day, and I would love to see Brighton someday!

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  9. Looks fun :D I have not skated in ages!

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  10. Thank you everyone for your kinds comments. We had a really lovely family outing and it was nice to be doing something together.

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  11. Sounds like a real proper Christmassy day :) Sounds fabulous and you look gorgeous too Vivienne :)

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  12. Awww, it looks like you had such a great time. I really need to get onto the whole iceskating thing. I've never been before and Cardiff and Swansea both always set up a Winter Wonderland with an ice rink. I should have no excuse. :P

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  13. Oh, how beautiful! The merriest Christmas to you and your family! :)

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  14. You don't look hefty at all! What a fun way to spend the day with your family.

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  15. How fun! We only have indoor ice skating rinks here (at the malls) and it gets so crowded that it isn't really worth the go. I did learn how to skate on a pond when I was little, though.

    You don't look hefty--I was thinking how cute you and your girls look with your pageboy hats. And I love your red coat--we could be twinners.

    What a lovely lovely day. Happy Christmas to you and your family Vivienne.

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  16. What a wonderful way to spend time as a family! I love skating- I took figure skating for many years of my life.

    Hefty! - are you crazy girl! I was just thinking when I looked at that picture of you how tiny you looked. You look fantastic! And I love your coat. Hubby is right - you do look like you're right out of a Victorian photo.

    And of course the girls are beautiful as always.

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  17. You most certainly do not look hefty! You look all kinds of adorable in your red coat. I do think it has that vintage-y look which I love. I need a red coat.

    Sounds like a fabulous time. Can you believe I've never been ice skating?

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  18. You all look wonderful! You do look like a vintage Victorian skater...luv the coat! You dont look hefty at all.

    It sounds like a wonderful day spent with family :)
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  19. I love those photos..makes me want to go to Brighton right now!

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  20. I think you look great, Viv! I've never done any ice skating or touched snow so I really envy you!

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