I've returned from France. These past two weeks were wonderful, even if on reflection we didn't do a lot except eat and drink copiously. Or perhaps that's the main reason it was so good. I have a ton of photos, etc. to share, but for the sake of putting things in order I'll post the photos from my dad's visit to London first.
It was great fun taking my dad around London, having him stay in the flat, and spending part of the time in France with him. We spent one day simply wandering around London taking photographs and in the evening we met Max after work for a drink on Carnaby St. and dinner in chinatown. As I was still recovering from being sick and dad from jet lag, we spent a lot of time hanging around the flat just talking. There were a million and one places and things I still wanted to show him, but couldn't due to the time limit. They'll have to wait until next time (which with all the cheap cheap tickets from Torino to London it probably won't be too far in the future).
In other news, upon our return from France we received a letter from our landlord informing us that he plans to sell the flat and that we have to move out by the end of February. We were already considering not renewing our lease, so it isn't too much of a shock for us, jut the decision on whether to move or not has been made for us. The only question is where. We're planning on staying in London for the time being, but we may be leaving the Hendon area. A few possibilities are the Ealing or Kew areas, or perhaps further out of the city. I'm a little nervous about trying to find a place that we're happy with in a relatively short period of time, especially with me currently unemployed. Although I am looking forward to a new flat since our current one has so little storage space that I'm still living out of my suitcase.
In other other news -- it snowed today. :)
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I tried to take clearer photos of it, but at that moment my batteries died (my dad has a pic of me pouting). The rest of the photos after that were taken in quick little bursts after the batteries had rested for awhile.
I hope you and your ms. are well and had an enjoyable New Year. :)
I'm sorry. I'd appreciate this snow more if I were somewhere that I could enjoy it more, but it's kind of a nuisance here. Albeit a very pretty nuisance.
I'm fairly used to it back home, but this is the first time I've seen snow in London. I'm not convinced yet that Londoners know how to drive in snow, although they don't seem to know how to drive any other time either. :)
Wow! Pigeons in Trafalgar Square - I walked through there a couple of weeks ago, first time in years, and it was completely deserted. Felt really strange, as I used to take Rowan there lots when she was little and you could barely walk without stepping on a pigeon. Looks like Mayor Ken's anti-pigeon drive is working then.
I recognise the orange soldier pieces - think I saw that a few days ago in a gallery near the bottom of Carnaby Street.
You know around the first time I ever saw your name was when I came across your posi-web (I think?) from my parent's site and I looked at photos you had taken of Rowan in Trafalgar Square with the pigeons (this was even before I met Max and visited London for the first time). I loved one of the photos so much that I saved it (I hope you don't mind!) I think I still have it around somewhere.
yep, Carnaby Street is exactly where those orange soldier pieces are. Max works on Carnaby Street and my dad and I were hanging around there waiting for him to get off work so we both snapped a few photos of the display.
Heh heh, yes, this page! - I remember that day very, very fondly :) amazing seeing Rowan there, 4 days after her third birthday (I remember very well that it was one of the first times that I could have fairly in-depth conversations with her about stuff). She's grown so much (now 7), and Lola is approaching the stage that Rowan was at then (Lola will be 2 in 5 days!)
Whereabouts on Carnaby Street does Max work? I've been around there quite a lot recently, visiting bizarre little clothing shops, drinking in Two Floors and eating at La Trouvaille (wonderful French bistro just between Carnaby Street and Newburgh Street - their mashed potato with haddock and roquefort is comfort food to die for!)
Yes, that's the page - that photo of Rowan with the pigeons is so beautiful.
Max works on Fouberts Place. We've been to Two Floors several times, maybe we'll run into you there sometime. :) I've never eaten at La Trouvaille, but Max may have. I believe he's tried many restaurants in the area. It sounds really really good, I'd like to try it out sometime soon.