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I'm 27 today! :)


Saturday was our 5th wedding anniversary (and a total of 9 years together!) A few years ago when we stayed in Rheims in the champagne region we picked up a hand-painted bottle of vintage Perrier Jouët Belle Epoque for a "special occasion". Of course any occasion becomes special when you open a bottle like that, but we restrained ourselves and saved it for this day. Perrier Jouët is not usually my champagne of choice, but this one was delicious and floral, perfect for a warm summer afternoon picnic. We didn't get as wasted as we did with my friend Nate on a similar picnic for our 1 year anniversary (it is hard to believe it's been that long already.) After this past winter and retrospection I've come to the conclusion that one of the most important aspects of maintaining a long-term relationship is a sense of humour; we still make each other laugh, even through the hardest of times. I think we've done well. :)











smoked venison, prosciutto, saucisson, goat's cheese stuffed peppers, bocconcini salad with sun dried tomatoes, basil, and pine nuts, sun dried tomato stuffed olives, kalamata olives, smoked salmon, gorgonzola dolce, strawberries, harissa, cornichons, fleur de sel, mustard, olive tapenade, roast peppers, and baguette.



petit basque, murcia al vino (soaked in red wine), soignon chèvre, comté, manchego, and quince jelly.





strawberries with gelée de rose and fruit tartlet


























































































Richmond Park 360° from Naomi and Vimeo.

Why I love Richmond Park.. when you're in the centre it is quiet and peaceful, you have no idea that you are surrounded by over 8 million people.
Current Music:
Ulrich Schnauss - In Between the Years
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On August 17th, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC), asphalteden commented:
Oh, I do love that kind of champagne.

Happy birthday to you!
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On August 23rd, 2007 01:38 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Thank you! :)

I poured some out for my deer homies (at least that's my story when I spilled some in the grass, Macsen wasn't convinced). I hope they appreciated it.
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On August 17th, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC), workroom commented:
beautiful
haaaapy birrrthday!!! (and anniversary!!)
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On August 23rd, 2007 01:39 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Re: beautiful
thaaank youuu! :)
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On August 23rd, 2007 01:42 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Thank you! :)

When I first visited Richmond Park years ago Macsen told me about the "hundreds of deer" and I was sceptical, thinking he was exaggerating. Then we came over the hill and I was surprised and humbled. :)
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On August 17th, 2007 04:00 pm (UTC), m00t commented:
Happy Birthday. :)

OOhhh, showing some knee, naughty! :P

May all your birthdays be so beautiful and memorable.
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On August 23rd, 2007 01:45 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Thank you (again!) :)

I know, the Victorians would be scandalized! :o
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On August 17th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC), scottobear commented:
Happy Anniversary and Birthday! wonderful images, as always.
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On August 23rd, 2007 01:46 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Thank you dear Scotto. :)
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On August 17th, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC), interimlover commented:
happy birthday Naomi, 27 is a great year to turn! much better than 26 :)
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On August 23rd, 2007 01:48 am (UTC), nomi replied:
thank you!
For some reason I am feeling much more positive about 27 than I did about 26 so I think you're right. :)

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On August 17th, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC), krisochka commented:
Happy Birthday! Bright sun, warm rain and bouquet of white daisywheel for you!
And..pictures, which you make is very nice! Thanks for sharing:)
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On August 23rd, 2007 01:49 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Thank you, you paint a beautiful picture with your words. :)
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On August 17th, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC), vizzygoth commented:
Happy Birthday, Naomi!! And happy 5 (actually 9!) years to you and Max...

Lovely photos... You're looking smashing, as usual. I'm so glad to see someone actually making use of one of those hand-painted bottles of vintage PJ since I have always secretly coveted them. :)) Hopefully you'll use the bottle for dried roses or something!

And I seriously cannot believe the drunken picnic anniversary post was already 4 years ago!! Time flies!!!
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On August 17th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC), atlaz replied:
The hangover feels like yesterday ;)
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On August 17th, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC), dawaioser commented:
Oh wow. That looks tranquil, scenic and especially romantic.
Happy Anniversary to you both and Happy Birthday as well.

P.S. Are those elk in the park and look how close people are to them. I am enchanted.
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On August 23rd, 2007 01:56 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Thank you, Michelle! :)

They are some variety of deer, there are a couple other kinds as well.. the smaller ones in my photos and also another that are huge with long hair, but they are fewer and tend to be more elusive. :)
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On August 17th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Huraaaaaay!
Amazing!
Happy Birthday Sweetness! :)

*ponders where else to congratulate you* ;)

*hugs*!
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On August 23rd, 2007 01:58 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Re: Huraaaaaay!
You forgot my snarg and hotmail addresses. ;)

Thank you for brightening my day, as you do every day. :)
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On August 17th, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC), humanoid27 commented:
Happy Birthday and congratulations!
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On August 23rd, 2007 01:58 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Thank you! :)
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On August 17th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC), whorlpool commented:
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Happy Birthday!!

Looks like an amazing place; can you pet the animals there? I'd probably try and get bitten.
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On August 23rd, 2007 02:05 am (UTC), nomi replied:
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Thank you! :)

I've never attempted to get that close, I have visions of being gored by antlers. :) I have seen people get pretty close though, one guy was right in there among the stags with his camera practically to their faces and they didn't seem phased.
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On August 17th, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC), womanonfire commented:
happy birthday!
happy anniversary!
deer!! :)
looks like you 2 had a lovely day
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i think this is the first time i EVER see a picture of your husband!
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On August 23rd, 2007 02:08 am (UTC), nomi replied:
thank you!
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thank you! :)

I thought you might like the deer!

I have posted photos of Macsen before, but it wasn't often as he used to grumble a bit about it.. not anymore though. :)
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On August 17th, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC), dreamtech commented:
Just wanted to wish you a quick Happy Birthday and a belated Happy Anniversary
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On August 23rd, 2007 02:08 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Thank you! I hope you are well. :)
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On August 17th, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC), steveeeee commented:
congratulations and happy birthday!
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On August 23rd, 2007 02:09 am (UTC), nomi replied:
thank you!! :)
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