It's snowing now and again -- big, fluffy flakes. It stuck last night and I woke up to a semi-blanket of white. It has just started up again. We were caught in a hail storm the other day and tried to shelter under a tree and I realized a problem with living in a country with mostly deciduous trees: no leaves to shelter you in winter.
It has turned out to be a busy month and the year is already shaping up to look busy too. We now have the next few months travel planned out (more or less). We were originally going to Marrakech, Morocco or Thailand, but we found an incredible deal for a week in Tuscany so we can't pass it up. Ever since Milan I've wanted to explore further south in Italy so this is a great opportunity. We will also be in Paris in July and America in mid-summer. Another event on the books is seeing Dead Can Dance live in April! I am extremely excited about that. :)
In the last few weeks we attended the birthday party of our neighbour, Bandini, went to Macsen's cousin's wedding in the New Forest, and explored Porchester Castle (photos forthcoming).
Bandini, Vanessa, and Ian.
Every kid at the wedding was blonde, which made me feel like I was on the set for Village of the Damned.
Besides the sinister amount of blonde heads it was a typical English wedding. It was good to see the family, especially Simon who is my favorite of Macsen's cousins; he frequently has me in tears with laughter.
Hannah in Wonderland
Charlotte, sisters Sophie and Lowrie (from Wales), and Hannah.
A pint for the lad -- starting George off early in true British tradition.
Samuel and soda, the girls stop for tea.
Sam is Hannah's twin brother, but his growth has been stunted by autism. He isn't usually allowed soda, so he was digging on that bottle of pepsi big time.
Philip and Macsen
I have memberships with Expedia, Best Fares, Adventure Tours, and a few others. The "last minute" deals are the best, especially in luxury class. My parents went on a $20,000 two week black tie cruise for only $5,000!
Online (Max has a list of sites he checks), papers, friends & family. There are a lot of deals, especially in Europe. This Tuscany trip is 4 days in a 5-star hotel for £299 (for both of us, flying into Florence or Pisa) including a day's car rental. Not as cheap as flying to Milan for £27, but still good with the hotel.
They're all so sickeningly photogenic. I can tell Charlotte is going to be a heartbreaker and she seems much older than her age in maturity. Hannah and Sam were 2 of quintuplets, but the other 3 didn't survive. Simon and Jeremy are twins as well, it seems multiples run in the family.
I mostly posted photos of the kids because adults are sooo boring. ;)
"Village of the Damned" ~ that movie freaked me out as a child...such nightmares. *Scary*!
I love the countryside where the wedding was held...gorgeous.
All of the places you mentioned above are locations that I only dream to visit one day. I can't wait for the photo's so I can live vicariously through your travels.
I had to tell you this. I saw this picture of Hannah's on Flickr yesterday, I think, and even left a comment there. I confess I didn't pay attention to whose album was that and I didn't even add you as a contact. Now browsing pointlessly through live journals, from interest to interest, from community to community (what things we do when we are inclined to procrastination) I stumbled upon your blog and the beautiful story about your stepmother. Liked the story, scrolled down and, to my surprise, there was Hannah. And here I am.
Great blog, great photos.