We're 90% packed and ready for the move to our new flat this Friday. Jean-Pierre is coming up from France to help us like last time and he's bringing along a friend, Alain. Apparently Alain mentioned to Jean-Pierre that he had never been to England and he always wanted to visit, so JP said he would bring him -- on the condition that he help us move. So now we have four strong men to help us, which makes my day infinitely easier. :)
There is much that I will miss about this flat, but more that I won't miss, such as unattractive exhibitionist neighbors, leaky roof, uneven floors, etc.
What I'll miss the most about this flat is my window to the sky. Watching the planes take off from Heathrow, the dynamic clouds and sunsets, and the thousands of seagulls flying over every evening like majestic winged rats (many people hate the seagulls, but I don't mind them). Even when I used to live next to the sea near Seattle I never saw so many gulls, they must thrive on the massive London landfills.
Last night we cooked Kam's curry, in honour of his memory. This time we followed the recipe to a T and used pure ghee (clarified butter) instead of oil and added sugar and salt. It came out beautifully. Normally we would have made naan bread from scratch to accompany the curry, but as most of our cooking utensils are packed away we had to make do with store-bought. We had a few beers and pondered what traditions and rituals there are in an Indian funeral, which we will be attending next week.
In other more positive news I recently received an email from my dearest lifelong friend, Becca, who is currently in Japan performing aerial dance with a travelling dance troupe.
In the mean time we will be without internet access for about a week (we're also switching from BT to Telewest). For those who may need to get ahold of me, you know how. I wish you all the best and I look forward to catching up with you when I return! xoxo.
how do you manage to find these views to take photos of? these are amazing!
was that top one taken while standing on the desk, looking out of the opened skylight?
you make me want to spend cash i shouldn't spend on a digital camera...
hope the move goes smoothly.
We happened to luck out with this flat as far as the view is concerned.. I will miss looking out over the rooftops.
I didn't have to stand on top of the desk, but yes it is the glass of the opened skylight on the bottom of the photo.
It's amazing the quality of digital cameras you can buy these days for relatively cheap. That said I'm saving up for hopefully a digital SLR and even though they've come down a lot in price the saving is slow-going. I want a new camera desperately, especially since this current one is about to die completely.
Thank you, I hope it goes smooth too.. least we're not moving far.
Glad you're enjoying the Anti-pop Consortium mp3s, I love them. :)
The image of the birds reminds me of the luxury I now have to watch the crows descend en masse from above me (I'm on the top floor of a very ugly building)--they do this every night at twilight! I wrote about it a few weeks back.
I think it is great that you added me because I do find there to be something comfortable and familiar about your writing. It's lovely.
I looked at some of your other images and the vacated abby looked a lot like Fountain's Abbey outside of York. Is this the same one?