Sunday, January 30, 2011

Picture the scene... (A Post About Sledging)

It's Christmas. The family is all together - from grandparents...

... to a baby and a dog.

It's your typical Christmas. Gifts are given and received, much food is eaten, silly paper hats are worn.
Seeing as it's snowy out, a snowman is built.
Well, sort of.

All clear in your mind, yeah?
Well. Matt and I, along with my two brothers, decided we wanted to go sledging. The snow wasn't very deep, and it was pretty icy by this point. Oh, and we couldn't find the sledge in the garage. So we improvised.
First up was an old skateboard from which Huw had spent some time removing the wheels. Unfortunately, the snow was somewhat lumpy, so Dave had to do a bit of smoothing with a spade.

So we moved to a different slope around the corner, where I managed to get a few action shots.

The plan here was that Matt and Dave would pretend to run behind Huw in order that Huw would look like he was moving a lot faster than he was. I think it makes it look like Huw is being pursued by the undead.

For some reason, pretty much EVERY photo I took of Dave makes him look like the undead, actually. Especially this next one.

And now a break from sledging photos in order to show you an adorable dog. Belle's gorgeous, but mad.

And we're back.
The next day, we decided we'd have to change our approach if we wanted to successfully sledge. Dave had hauled home a couple of road signs a while back, after a drunken night out, and we thought Hey! With the sharp edges and rusty patches, these will be ideal! Spoiler: No-one injured themselves beyond the odd bruise, weirdly enough.

We set up a ramp made out of one of the signs and some bricks (I know - this is sounding more and more sensible and safe by the minute, isn't it?)

And then there were races. The picture(s) below are chronologically left to right, top to bottom.

And what you're seeing here is a race between Matt and Huw. As they start out, Huw shoots into the lead. He's taunting Matt. Then tragedy strikes, and Huw comes flying off his sledge. He's determined to win, and attempts to rugby tackle Matt from his sledge. Luckily for Matt, he misses, and ends up face down in the snow as Matt glides to victory. Poor sportsmanship!
(But lots of fun.)

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At 7:41 pm, Blogger Maegan said...

So...What is sledging exactly? Is a hammer involved?

At 7:51 pm, Blogger Hieronymous Anonymous said...

Do you guys not call it that?
Ah, sledding.

And no, no hammers involved. And usually, no spades.

At 9:57 pm, Blogger Acci said...

I'm surprised that you all didn't use the spade to go riding on. That's pretty common around here, and in other places too. Maybe you can try that next time!

So, did the dog take any turns?

At 4:32 am, Blogger Shawna said...

Our kids have used cardboard boxes to go sledding before. There are a couple of great parks for that, and the closest one has a stream running between the hills--someone almost always comes very close to landing in it!

Looks like y'all had a lot of fun!

At 6:34 am, Blogger Nettie said...

Looks like a very fun day. Cold, but fun!

At 10:59 am, Blogger Hieronymous Anonymous said...

Shawna, sorry. I missed your comment before. I still fondly recall, a few years ago, when we were up at Matt's parents' house. It was REALLY snowy, and Matt and his brother showed me their traditional sledges - stuffing a sheep feed sack with hay.
(Matt's dad keeps sheep as a hobby.)
It actually works pretty well!


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