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Christmas in La Rochelle

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Normally the English Channel is stormy this time of year, but on this crossing the water was like rippled glass. I put on my headphones and drank tea while I listened to my latest mix and watched the waves gently undulate to the music; as the song transition went from Northern - Coasting ---> Iambic² - Regulus I felt blissfully happy. I love it when a mix, my own or a friend's, becomes like a familiar friend. There are many songs on it which nearly got the axe to make it shorter, but several of them have over time become my favorite transitions and I'm glad I kept them. As I hoped it has also helped me to sleep and it appears I'm not the only one as Gael, who has been sick most of the winter in true expat fashion, wrote this to me in an email:


"I've REALLY been enjoying your mix! It's kept me company several
nights when I couldn't quite sleep, but felt too crappy to get up. I just put
my headphones on, prop myself up in bed and relax to it. Wonderful!"


That alone made it worth the time. (If anyone missed the post or were unable to download my mix from the free services, snej has been kind enough to host it for me.)


We had a good Christmas in France with Philip and Jackie, we spent the eve and day in a hotel in La Rochelle which was wonderfully foggy. One of my favorite gifts from Macsen was a "sun in a jar", which is a glass jar with a solar panel in it that glows orange at night, he gave it to me because he knows I tend to feel down in the short winter days. His parents gave me a beautiful Baltic amber necklace and earrings, to "match your hair" they said. We had the most incredible meal on the eve, which will get its own post along with the rest of the food we ate that week - there was too much to fit in this post! The return overnight boat journey was stormy, we had a cabin and I slept on the top bunk (I called dibs) and the circular rocking of the immense ship was even stronger up there. Being practically raised on the sea it didn't bother me and I fell asleep listening to Burial, which seemed fitting for the weather (I slept with my camera in my arms to keep it safe from being smashed, how is that for love? ;)










































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christmas morning



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On January 10th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC), dawaioser commented:
As usual, your photo's, words, and the "sun in a jar" make me very happy. You speak to my gypsy heart.
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On January 11th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
I'm pleased you enjoy them. :) The "sun in a jar" is wonderful, it cheers me up every time I look at it.
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On January 10th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC), grassfire commented:
what i wouldn't give just to spend one day in your shoes, to see the wonderful things that you see.

thank you for these amazing images.
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On January 11th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
I wish I could share the experience in more ways than just pictures! thank you.
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On January 10th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC), gecko_trillam commented:
the fog and the lights and the trees all look so wonderful!

and i am in love with the "sun in a jar"!
i must find one over here.

as usual, thanks for the splendid photos.
can't wait to see the food!
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On January 11th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC), atlaz replied:
Charles and Marie are good for "that sort of thing"
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On January 11th, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
thank you! :) I see Macsen already gave you the link for the "sun in a jar", hopefully they ship to the US!

oh dear, the food, that's going to be a big post. ;)
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On January 10th, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC), vizzygoth commented:
Your photo posts always fill me with such a sense of peace. I can't even pinpoint one or two that I prefer, it's more the organization and the themes of these beautiful shots that make them so interesting.
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On January 11th, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
That is such a lovely compliment, thank you Chloe.

I'm about to read up on your Madagascar adventure, I've already perused the photos and it looks incredible. :)
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On January 10th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC), mysterbey commented:
Stunning. The photos of trees would make a great desktop image.
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On January 11th, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Thank you! You're welcome to make it one if you wish. :)
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On January 10th, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC), humanoid27 commented:
gorgeous photos!
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On January 11th, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
thank you! :)
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On January 11th, 2008 02:01 am (UTC), columbiaist commented:
Stunning
These photographs are wholly stunning. I could spend hours looking at similar pictures. Please continue to share these wonderful visions. I am lusting after a Nikon D80 with the hopes of taking just one picture as wonderful as the ones in this collection. Thanks Nomi!
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On January 11th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Re: Stunning
Thank you, positive feedback like that is encouraging. You're not the only one lusting after a D80, but I may wait and save up for the D300.. it depends on how patient I am. Either way they are both great cameras. :)
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On January 11th, 2008 04:15 am (UTC), bram commented:
I also have listened to your mix on several nights for help falling asleep. Thank you!
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On January 11th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
I am so happy to hear that and it is my pleasure to share the music! :)
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On January 12th, 2008 11:34 am (UTC), wonderful_place replied:
beautiful stuff, i'm new to your journal but want to take in more photos!

ps... burial are the shit!
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