The Siberian freezing wave is now over and the temperatures are rising fast. It was -5 degrees two days ago and 13 degrees today in Amsterdam! I have to say I liked it when it was freezing cold as we had the most beautiful blue sky and the sun shinning every day which is rate at the time of year here. On Saturday Simon and I had a date night. It was too cold to cycle so instead we walked to the canal rings. They were all frozen with people ice skating reminded me of a famous painting by Dutch artist Hendrick Avercamp. It was so magical...but didn't last very long.