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I meant to post this yesterday, but with all the livejournal troubles I gave up.

Last Friday Max's parents, Philip and Jackie, visited us for the last time while I'm here. They had recently been to France to visit Jackie's family and to check up on their little house in St. Juire (I will write more about that house some time). They brought us back all kinds of good stuff: a huge bundle of fresh garlic, a box of shallots, a few jars of gherkins, mustard, and two cases of wine.

Saturday afternoon we drove to Hampstead for something to do and parked near the church and old graveyard.

Most of the tombstones in this yard are so old the lettering is unreadable. Although one was very clear, the grave of John Harrison who invented the first chronometer (a clock for finding time at sea). Last time I was at that graveyard I recognized the name right away because I had seen a documentary about him on PBS back in the states. :)

We then walked around some stores in Hampstead, stopped for coffee, and discovered a secluded fresh fish market hidden behind some buildings. It was buzzing with people, most likely locals, and is probably their well-kept secret.

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Philip and Jackie left Sunday morning, but I will see them again in a month when they come visit my parents and I in Port Townsend. Everyone is excited about the trip as it will be the first time our parents meet each other. We know they will hit it off, even though they all seem to have their nervous doubts.


Yesterday and today it has been pouring down rain with loud thunder and lightning. I've been enjoying it with peppermint tea and a lot of Billie Holiday. I always feel so content during storms.
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On August 9th, 2001 08:21 am (UTC), mattcallow commented:
i like that Hampstead Church uses Demon as it's ISP...
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On August 9th, 2001 08:28 am (UTC), nomi replied:
hehe we were amused by that ourselves. :)
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On August 9th, 2001 02:04 pm (UTC), sorrento commented:
Hamstead is one of those places that Americans think every town in England looks like.
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On August 9th, 2001 02:17 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Most Americans I know seem to think England looks like Wallace and Grommit (as in quaint and small, not made out of clay),
or episodes of antique British programs like Fawlty Towers.
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On August 13th, 2001 01:40 pm (UTC), spiraley replied:
I wish England looked like a giant clay dog.

Nice trees.
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On August 9th, 2001 07:47 pm (UTC), jaarronn commented:
Oh, to be in England....
but, alas - not much chance of that anytime in my forseable future, but, thanks to you, it's the next best thing. I really love the photographs - especially those of the old graveyard...Just so lovely and serene. Thanks so much!

Oh!...and by the way..Have you ever seen "johnthecamera"s photo website? If not, he has some wonderful photographs I think you might enjoy seeing. http://www.johnthecamera.net/

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On August 10th, 2001 10:08 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Re: Oh, to be in England....
Thanks for the compliments. :) It is very serene there.. I could spend a long time in that graveyard just attempting to read the stones.

I've seen Johnthecamera around livejournal, but I haven't checked out his work. I'll take a look. :)
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On August 10th, 2001 08:23 am (UTC), celestyna commented:
that picture ... the first one...

god, it's beautiful.

do you have more of the series? I think I remember seeing a face once.
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On August 10th, 2001 10:03 am (UTC), nomi replied:
I tried taking pictures of that church with different flash settings, that one came out the most "luminous". The others are a bit dark, but one of them I posted here. You can see a bit more detail on the stained glass.

Some day when I have access to a scanner I will post more cathedral/church/castle photos. :)
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