Monday, December 31, 2007

Rinky hope

Over the past couple of days I've spent a lot of time and energy patching leaks in the rink. In places where the water seems to be draining I've packed snow, added a splash of water from a bucket, packed more snow down waited a few hours and repeated. Tonight promises to be our last cold night for a while, so I went out to hook up the hose and see whether my efforts had been successful.

Who cares? Look what the night looks like at our house! I'm happy just to be out there. I can't think of many places I'd rather be to welcome 2008.

As it turns out, the rink liner seems to be holding water in most places. I only added a little water, since large amounts could thaw the frozen-slush patches I've worked so hard to create. But I think we're getting somewhere. It's getting cold now and my water looks like it's freezing up nicely in the liner, before exiting and becoming part of the groundwater. I'll be happy to go out later and top things up in the glowing darkness of our winter night. Happy New Year all!


  1. Hope it freezes up for you. Here we are expecting -20 tonight - hurrah! The downside is that the is telling me we may hit PLUS 7 this weekend!!! ARG! Truthfully, we are getting discouraged with the rink building here in Ontario. Wishing you better luck with yours. Best wishes for 2008 :)

  2. wow, I'm so impressed!
    I never knew you could do this. Though it makes sense. That picutre is absolutely beautiful!

  3. Lovely picture! I'm curious - do you have outdoor lights, or was it lit just with a flash?

  4. One small floodlight illuminates the side of the rink so I can see where the water is going (and not). That shot is a time exposure, which is why it looks so bright -- no flash.


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