The snow has cleared up over the last few days, but it's still pretty cold here at the moment. -9 C outside our window this morning. Yesterday I took some photos of these children who were skating on one of the frozen canals.
Note the pile of bikes beside the cycle path on the left. That's how the children got here. There's no adult supervising, so no adult's bike amongst them.
It's safe here for children to cycle on their own, and for them to skate on their own too.
Ice hockey is popular too. These children were practising a little further along the same canal.
And of course their bikes were not far away either.
How else to travel ? This way there is no need to wait until Mum (or Dad) can give them a lift. In the summer they do much the same to go swimming.
Is it any surprise that Dutch children have again been shown to have the best lives of all children living in industrialised countries ?