An Enchanted Evening

A Magical Night on Ice

Last December, I had the romantic notion that my partner and I should try skating again, even though it had been well over ten years since we’d donned ice skates. I went out, got myself a new pair of comfortable skates and we headed off to Prince’s Island Park for a night skate on the lagoon. Although I was never a great skater, I always enjoyed gliding around the ice, especially outdoors under the stars, so I was very excited, but more than a bit uncertain as to how I would fare.

The night we went out couldn’t have been more ideal. It was a beautiful, calm winter evening—perfect for a night of outdoor skating. We sat on a park bench, laced up our skates and I stepped warily onto the ice, clutching my partner’s arm for dear life until I gained a bit of confidence, which, to my surprise, started to return rather quickly.

The longer we skated, the more we loved it. In fact, we loved it so much that we skated until closing time! Ah, what an enchanted evening it turned out to be: the cold night air was utterly refreshing, we delighted in the magic of all the twinkling lights, we basked in the sound of laughter that danced all around us and, later on, we enjoyed the warm flickering glow and the wood smoke smell of the bonfire as we relaxed with a mug of hot chocolate poured from our thermos. And what could be better than holding hands with my sweetie, skating to Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl, and wailing: Do you remember when… we used to sing… sha… la… la… la… la… la-la-la? It all added up to pure magic. It felt like I was in one of those romantic winter movies. Cue the snowflakes! We ended up having one of the funnest times we’ve had in a long while, coming home feeling a radiant warmth in our hearts and a happy kind of tired in our bodies.

We shot some spontaneous iPhone video clips that night, which didn’t turn out very well (disappointingly grainy and quite shaky in spots due to the extremely low light nighttime conditions). But I decided to cobble together this little video anyway because, for me, it captures a bit of the fun and magical spirit of the evening (not to mention my natural skating talent…ha…ha… though I don’t think I’ll be trying out for the Canadian Olympic Figure Skating team any time soon).



Happy New Year!

We’ll be ringing in the New Year with an early evening skate at Prince’s Island Park, then back home to pour a glass of wine, cook up some homemade pizza and snuggle in to watch a movie. At midnight, we’ll gather up some pots and pans and step outside to ring in the New Year, joining in the clanging and cheers of the neighbourhood.

Wishing all you beautiful people around the globe
a very Happy New Year!
May your 2015 be filled with an abundance of love, laughter,
delight, magic, joy, clarity, prosperity, boundless imagination
and great big dreams.


~ Jeannie

Video Credit:

One Enchanted Evening, by madlyinlovewithlife; © 2013 madlyinlovewithlife

Image Credit:

Happy 2015! by madlyinlovewithlife; © 2014 madlyinlovewithlife

17 thoughts on “An Enchanted Evening

  1. Oh, Jeannie! The video is absolutely wonderful — so beautifully shot, so touching, and so perfect for a year-end post! Love, love, loved it! And man, did it make me want to go ice skating again! There’s just something so romantic and magical about skating under the stars! I’m wishing you and yours a very Happy, Happy New Year, and I hope that 2015 brings you joy, peace, and abundant love … and everything else your heart desires. And … enjoy your night of skating, pizza, movie-watching, and pots and pans clanging!!! :)

    • Hi Debra! I do hope you dust off your skates and give it a try again. Outdoor skating is definitely the best. I was never a strong skater and I was happily surprised at how quickly I found my skating legs again. And my feet stayed toasty warm and so comfortable because I purchased some new-fangled recreational skates instead of the classic old-style figure skates (which is all I ever used to own). With my old non-insulated figure skates, my toes used to freeze so quickly and with these comfy new skates, they don’t get cold anymore! Since my skill level will never have me trying to land a double toe loop, these are perfect. Thank you for your good wishes for the New Year and right back atcha! :))

      • Jeannie, I may just do that (dust off my skates — well, rent them anyway!). We have a place downtown where you can skate in the winter and I keep saying I’m going to go down there and give it a whirl! Now, having read and viewed your wonderful post, I think I’ll quit saying it and finally do it! You’re right about the skates, too — they’re so much better today at keeping your feet warm. Enjoy the day, and soon — the new year! :)

  2. This is just great ~ what a great memory and thanks for sharing. The video is really heartwarming, romantic and just clearly showing someone who is madly in love with life :-) Wish you a great 2015!

  3. Hello Jeannie!
    What a wonderful video! It may be just ‘clobbered together’ by your high standards, but it’s simply ggggreatttt for the rest of us ;) I hope you have a fine time skating outdoors tonight, and stay comfy and warm too! Thank you so much for a wonderful year, for your friendship and inspiration. May 2015 be another incredible year for you, your partner and all your families. Now…I should run to the kitchen to help hubby with New Years Eve dinner :))

    • Good morning, Takami! And Happy New Year to you both! I’m glad you enjoyed the video. I was quite hesitant about the quality, but decided that the spirit of it shone through enough to warrant a post. This morning dawned sunny, bright and so magical looking, everything covered in fresh soft snow and sparkling with zillions of little snow diamonds from a snowfall we’ve had over the last two days. The temperatures were quite cold and have risen substantially to just above zero, so this evening will be a great night for skating under a starry sky. I hope you had a lovely New Year’s Eve celebration! Cooking with your hubby sounds like a lot of fun to me! It’s so wild to think that you are into 2015 already and we are still close to 12 hours away from midnight and still looking forward to having a wonderful New Year’s Eve celebration. Thank you for sharing your friendship, generosity of spirit and beautiful photography. Sending you both my warmest wishes for a very Happy New Year filled with your hearts’ truest desires! :))

  4. Your title truly described the mood in your partner’s well shot video, Jeannie. Really magical… And we saw that prancing!!! You can’t fool us! You’re a pro! The LA Kings are looking for the first ever female hockey player!

  5. Ice skating on an outdoor rink,what a wonderful way to end the year of 2014 especially when the weather conditions permit such outdoor activity Jeannie. Loved seeing your fancy footwork on the are a natural on skates, I live across the road from a park,baseball diamond and outdoor rink.You have me tempted to try skating again,but I see you do not recommend the old figure skating type we were raised on.Exactly what kind of skates are you using?
    Happy New Year,all the best in 2015 Jeannie.

    • Hi Dianne! Thank you, but I assure you I am NOT a natural on skates! Ha! Ha! I’m still working on turns and stops, but I do enjoy gliding around outside on a nice day. And I’m glad you asked that question because I wanted to put up a link to my comfy skates and simply forgot. My ice skates are called Softec Ladies Recreational Skates and I got them at Sportchek last year. Sportchek refers to them as a figure skate on their website, but they are not technically a figure skate, they are a recreational skate. They go on sale from time to time and the purchase price also includes a free skate sharpening. They are warm and they have the padded cushy fit of a running shoe so I was in heaven! As I said, it was the first time my feet and toes were both warm and comfortable while skating. Here’s the link:

  6. The video was awesome, and it looks like you had an absolutely great time. That looks like a great facility you have there, and it seems a lot of people were taking advantage of it. I thank you for a wonderful year, I’ve enjoyed all my visits, and I’m planning to make many more in 2015. So you have a wonderful time tonight, and I hope the rest of the year is a great one for you.

    • Thanks so much, David! Prince’s Island Park isn’t as large as Stanley Park, but it’s such a great resource for our city. We are very appreciative of the time, money and effort that goes into building and maintaining the skating lagoon each winter. Thanks for your good wishes. I have a feeling it’s going to be a Very Good Year! :))

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