Sunday, January 20, 2013

snow day

Hurrah!  Snow at last.  Apologies to those who have to put up with severe winter weather, but this Londoner really loves the snow.

Himself and I donned boots, hats and gloves and ventured forth into a monochrome world:







with the odd flash of colour:





Sunday, January 13, 2013

Summer memories

It's getting pretty chilly here in London and snow is forecast for the coming week.  I love snow, though I know ours is less than impressive if you live in most parts of North America.  (Maybe impressive in Arizona??)
Anyway, whenever it's cold my thoughts turn to summer.  So here are some summery pictures from Latitude Festival in July last year.  (By the way, as this was an English summer, it rained!)


                                          Children's area

                                          Put your butts here!

                                          Theatre in the rain

                                          Waiting for the band (still raining!)

                                          Lang Lang passing by

                                          Bright, bedraggled, bunting

                                                    Cake!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

charlie


Eater of plastic, wrecker of carpets, killer of pigeons and owner of enormous whiskers; I miss you!
My cat Charlie died last summer.  I had to have him put to sleep when he became very sick.  Strange how our furry companions weave their own very special place in our hearts.

I'm no poet, so I'll borrow the words of another cat lover, T S Eliot:

The yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window-panes,        
The yellow smoke that rubs its muzzle on the window-panes
Licked its tongue into the corners of the evening,
Lingered upon the pools that stand in drains,
Let fall upon its back the soot that falls from chimneys,
Slipped by the terrace, made a sudden leap,       
And seeing that it was a soft October night,
Curled once about the house, and fell asleep.







Thursday, January 3, 2013

Theme Thursday - Again

I think I already covered 'again' in my post 2 days ago.  In fact I used the word twice in the title!  I think blogging twice in one week calls for another 'again.'

Today I've been to The Sales again and had better success than last week.  Surprising, as all the best stuff probably went as the hoards burst through the doors on Boxing Day.  I like to take things a little more slowly and am now the proud owner of 2 pillowcases, 2 pairs of trousers (1 smart and 1 for work) and some shower gel from the Body Shop.  As you can see I really splashed out!!

I said I'd been out with the camera last month.  We went to Paris for the weekend just before Christmas.  This was definitely an 'again.'  We're so fortunate being able to get on the train in London and get off a couple of hours later in Paris, where it's a short Metro ride to the centre of the city.





I'll do another couple of posts with the rest of the photos.
I love Paris!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Back again (again!)

Ok.  New Year's resolution no 1 -
Remember blog.

Actually I don't tend to make NY resolutions - after all, why set yourself up to fail??  But I do wish everyone a very happy, healthy and peaceful 2013.  Hope you all had a great Christmas, Hanukkah, Holidays ...

2012 was, on the whole, a really great year for us; the highlights being the Olympics (wooo!!) and our daughter's wedding in June.  The Queen very inconveniently had her Jubilee celebrations the same weekend, but we were out of London and celebrating in rural Oxfordshire.  On the Saturday, the day of the wedding, the weather was overcast, but stayed dry for the ceremony and the heavens didn't open till we were all partying in the barn.  We had an amazing day.  Photos follow (not mine!)

                                          The Bride and Groom

                                                       Our two girls


                                          Proud parents!

                                          Confetti


I managed to get out with the camera a couple of times last month, so once I've downloaded the photos I might do another post or two.  Here's hoping!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Back


Oh goodness!  What has happened to blogger while I've been away?  I think they have made it more 'user friendly' (which means it's taken me ages just to do this little post.

So what have I been up to in the past 9 months or so?  Some trips away, a festival of course, gigs, work (way too much of that) and celebrating the marriage of our older daughter, to name but a few things.

And what brings me back?  Realising I had a few hundred photos on my camera which needed downloading was one of the prompts.  So, here's the first of the batch.




Top: Leaf shadows
Bottom: The Greek Amphitheatre at Palazzolo Acreide, Sicily circa 300 BC