As we have a mild winter this year without snow or ice, I delved in the archives to see some old times when we had cold winters. This must be in 1956 in Amsterdam on the canal along our home and it is me in the middle with my sister and brother photographed by my father. We are all skating on the wooden skates with an iron that was tied under your shoe with bandages which were called "friese doorlopers". Only my sister had some old skates with shoes which had belonged to my mother. When I look at the clothes of everybody I feel I lived in another century. We all had just one winter coat and no sportswear, we didn't even know what that was. The dutch have always been skaters and when there is ice everybody has to go out on the ice.