Today was quite fantastic. We walked to the little lake on the island only 10 minutes away and spent a couple of hours ice-skating. I have never seen such beautiful ice; opaque black yet so clear like a mirror. It was an amazing sight and a heavenly sensation when skating, the ice couldn’t have been more perfect. The temperature has now dropped to -8 degrees centigrade this evening. During the day it was -6, quite perfect as long as you wrap up warm.

What a beautiful start to 2009!