Archive for December, 2010


#365 cheers!

365/365 cheers!, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

I did it! Got my 365 photos in a year (although must admit that I’m still sorting out 3 pictures from my trip in India in November, but the pictures where taken on the right days, and will appear shortly.)

Time to celebrate the end of the year, and the year-long learning journey. It has been really rewarding, sometimes hard, too, but definitely worth every bit of effort! Thank you all new friends and acquaintances I have made through the year, for your support, interest and comments. It’s the interaction that really is the best thing.

See you in the new year 🙂


#364 home is where the heart is

364/365 home is where the heart is, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Nice to be home again. But I thoroughly enjoyed the different celebrations in our other home, England. Living in a bi-cultural family certainly adds an extra dimension to life.


#363 at the airport

363/365 at the airport, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Sitting at Gatwick airport, waiting for our flight home, made me remember a book I once read by French anthropologist Marc Augé, about non-places, such as airports, hotels or supermarkets, which he describes as transient places with anonymous people passing through. They have their own logic, which seems to be rather universal. More or less the same schema can be followed to operate in them, wherever you are in the world.

I don’t find airports non-places, but rather situationally meaningful, evoking strong personal reactions. They are places of good-byes, reunions and beginning adventures. These red neon lights depict my emotions connected with departures and arrivals.


#362 english breakfast

362/365 english breakfast, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

The notorious English fry-up breakfast, believed by many to be terribly unhealthy. But, actually, if you follow a low-carb diet, it is ideal – just leave out the hash browns and any toast.

This is how we started our day in London, after arriving at Victoria station by train. Good way to gather energy for a mad day hunting for bargains in the sales. (My advice: avoid central London shopping streets just after Christmas!)
(The Willow Walk, Wetherspoon pub, London, UK)


#361 looking for new horizons

361/365 looking for new horizons, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

The end of the year is the time for taking stock of the one just passed, and looking ahead towards new challenges and adventures. I know already that there will be some big changes to my job description next year, which I’m looking forward to very much.

The new year may bring stormy winds at times, but hopefully the pink in the horizon heralds good things to come, too.

I just love the sound of the waves along the English coast!


#360 eastbourne seafront

360/365 eastbourne seafront, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

This is one of my favourite views of “my English home”, Eastbourne. The pebbly beach with the wave breakers, and in the background the beautiful white Eastbourne Pier, constructed in the late 19th century, to offer pleasure and entertainment to locals and holiday-makers.

Many of the still standing piers face an uncertain future, but luckily, the National Piers Society is working towards preserving these old English seaside icons.

How lucky we were to enjoy this gorgeous sunny Boxing Day here, instead of shoveling snow and more snow back at home!


#359 christmas day

359/365 christmas day, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

A lovely day spent at home without any rush. Lond leisurely brunch opening presents by the tree, and then getting Christmas dinner on its way.

Granny always makes an extra effort with her gift wrapping – and had even got a REAL Christmas tree for us, which is not the norm over here in England as it is back at home.

Ever since our daughter was born, we have always had two Christmases – Christmas Eve spent followint the Finnish traditions, and eating Finnish food, and then an English Christmas Day. Our daughter really has had the best of both worlds – with even two Santas! Recently, we have mixed the two traditions a little at home, but at granny’s it was a genuine English celebration.


#358 christmas eve

358/365 christmas eve, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

While family and friends in Finland enjoy Christmas peace at home, life is still busy here in England. After last-minute shopping it’s time to go down to a pub for some holiday cheer.

Some pubs go over the top with their decorations. This particular one was like Santa’s tinsel grotto! Great change from subdued styles back at home.


#357 england

357/365 england, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Managed to get over, with only delays along the way, and even caught the last train from the airport, just by the skin of our teeth. Lucky reunion in the middle of the night!

What a change of scenery – from the Finnish whiteness into a damp English winter. One thing that always catches my eye in Britain in winter, is all the moss everywhere, particularly on the roofs.


#356 merry

356/365 merry, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

This jolly Santa picture depicts my mood for the day. Finally on holiday, and it also seems that our flight for Britain will be taking off tonight, after all the chaos and disruptions of the past few days at European airports.

Truly getting into the holiday spirit now – hope all of you are, too 🙂


December 2010

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