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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

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On February 22nd, 2005 07:51 am (UTC), nickdangerous commented:
Do you belong to a travel club or use a particular agent?
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On February 22nd, 2005 08:40 am (UTC), nomi replied:
No travel clubs or agents, we just search around.
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On February 22nd, 2005 08:47 am (UTC), nickdangerous replied:

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!
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On February 22nd, 2005 09:17 am (UTC), nomi replied:
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.

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On February 22nd, 2005 09:28 am (UTC), nickdangerous replied:
Sounds excellent. As usual, we will be waiting for your elegantly illustrated post. :)
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On February 22nd, 2005 07:51 am (UTC), photocapture commented:
beautiful photos as usual.
Hannah in Wonderland is truly magical.
love all the blond heads, all the blond girls remind me of the virgin suicides, that golden sunlit hair, lol.
beautiful family.
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On February 22nd, 2005 08:49 am (UTC), nomi replied:
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. ;)
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On February 22nd, 2005 08:24 am (UTC), ambient1 commented:
Looks like it was a lovely wedding.

I never saw Children of the Corn... but that b&w image reminds me of the Village of the Damned.
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On February 22nd, 2005 08:31 am (UTC), nomi replied:
I think it might actually be Village of the Damned I'm thinking of.. just did an image search and it seems more likely. Scary blonde children seem to feature prominently in both films, though.
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On February 22nd, 2005 11:17 am (UTC), dawaioser commented:
"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.
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On February 25th, 2005 07:57 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Sinister children *shiver*.

I hope you are able to visit one day!
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On February 22nd, 2005 01:05 pm (UTC), mercuryglare commented:
as always, great photos. looks like a movie version of a typically beautiful english wedding. how did you get those lovely soft auras around the children?
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On February 25th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
thanks! I can't exactly remember, I fooled around in photoshop with gaussian blur, etc. until I came across something I liked. I need to make an action next time.
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On February 22nd, 2005 08:48 pm (UTC), idfuckramirez commented:
Hey, I'm just commenting to let you know that I just made karl_blau and the only thing that can make it an awesome community is awesome members!
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On February 25th, 2005 06:21 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Karl is a friend of mine, do you know him? Glad to see he has his own livejournal fanbase now. :)
On February 25th, 2005 07:46 pm (UTC), idfuckramirez replied:
oh wow, that's really neat. nah, i haven't gotten the pleasure of meeting him, but i'm a big fan!
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On March 10th, 2005 02:42 pm (UTC), zsozekosta commented:
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.
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On March 30th, 2005 12:02 am (UTC), nomi replied:
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That is quite the coincidence, what is your flickr username? Thank you for writing me to tell of this coincidence and I am glad you liked the Hannah photo. :)
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On March 30th, 2005 02:54 am (UTC), zsozekosta replied:
Re: coincidence
I am Lemmy Caution at Flickr. I have that photo as a favorite (maybe some other from you too).
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