Sunday, 17 March 2013

Simply a Moment - March

The temperature is minus 7. I know this because before we went in through the security doors, the doorman told us. And yet, I'm not cold. The metallic blue cape sits comfortably around my body, the fur of the hood is snug against my head. My hands are protected by the thermal gloves that are attached to the side of the cape.

We are in a compact room in which the walls are made entirely of ice. The bar is made of ice, the seats are made of ice, the tables are made of ice and there are ice sculptures.  There is an electric blue tinge to the lighting and there is upbeat music coming from the speakers. Loud enough to add a funky atmosphere but not too loud to affect conversations. We are part of a small group of people allowed in. Only 30 at a time. There are constant small flashes of lights as people take photos of themselves in such an unusual location.

My hands are holding a rectangular block of ice which has had its inner core drilled out to make a drinking receptacle. It contains a Galactic Frontier. A mix of blueberry infused Tanquaray gin with cranberry, pomegranate and lychee. It is delicious! The edge of the block has a slight indentation in it where the warmth of my lips has slightly melted the corner as I have sipped my drink.

I can slightly feel the cold of the floor through the soles of my boots. This being a surprise visit as part of my daughter's birthday gift to me, I had been unaware that I would be spending time in sub-zero temperatures! Had I known, maybe I would have chosen differently! But it's just a slight feeling of chilliness, not uncomfortable or unpleasant. My daughter is handing her phone over to a couple of girls who are standing near us at edge of the room. She asks them if they will take our picture and in return she will do the same for them.

We stand a little closer together, mother and daughter sharing a fun and unusual experience. Only she would think of taking me to a place like this. Truly a unique, loving moment - literally frozen in time.


 
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16 comments:

Sian said...

Frozen in time! How clever is this? I love it..and with all this talk of endings I'm getting in our house at the minute, It's a lovely reminder to me of the kind of fun you can have with grown up kids even if they aren't there all the time any more!

scrappyjacky said...

Sounds like a wonderful moment,Deb.

Kirsty.a said...

Cool! LIterally! Where was this?

Norma said...

What a fun thing to do. So lovely how the two of you get on so well together. Enjoy these special moments. Looking forward to hearing how your visit to the UK goes. I know Rhona and Claire are really looking forward to meeting you both. Have fun xxx

Cheri said...

Sounds like fun! So that get-up you are wearing... do you take that off and hand it to the next person in line? Or do you get to keep it? It would kind of gross me out to be wearing gloves and a hood that someone else just had on...

Alison said...

Sounds fab...it's fun to have a daughter to do these things with!
Alison xx

Louise said...

this sounds like a perfect moment and a lovely read x

Maria Ontiveros said...

Saw your pictures on facebook, but it's even better to read about your frozen moment.
Rinda

alexa said...

How wonderfully described is this! and I love your perfect title :). What an experience ... and how lovely that she wanted to record it for you too. You took me right there into somewhere I have never been: that's a real gift to me! Thank-you so much for linking up again this month :).

Becky said...

I loved reading this! What a wonderful surprise and a lovely photo of you and your daughter.

Sharon Murray said...

I would love to go to an ice bar sometime - sounds like you had a great time - even if it was a bit cold! :)

Karen said...

What a wonderful birthday surprise x

Miriam said...

What a wonderful birthday surprise, I love it. How lovely to have a daughter so thoughtful.

Liz said...

What a great gift, Hope you both had a good time :0)

Jennie said...

Oh - a moment captured so beautifully you took me right there with you. Daughters are very special aren't they? What a great gift. Thanks for sharing. J x

Sandie said...

Brrrrrrrrrrr........
What a lovely surprise and way to celebrate your birthday. You won't forget that one in a hurry!