Archive for February, 2011

28
Feb
11

059/2011 souvenirs

059/2011 souvenirs, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

I like bringing back fortune cookies from London’s Chinatown. I shared some with students at school today – something new for them, and the reading the fortunes and thinking about their meanings made a nice change in the English class.

My one said: “You will be in a very good mood tomorrow.” Let’s hope so!

27
Feb
11

058/2011 shadow play on the wall

058/2011 shadow play on the wall, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Days are getting longer and longer – from both ends. The afternoon sun created these changing shadow patterns on the wall. The warm light is really soothing.

26
Feb
11

057/2011 layers

057/2011 layers, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Not the prettiest sight, but quite interesting textured layers of white and grey, dirty snow, with clear blue sky on top. A promise of spring, anyway!

25
Feb
11

056/2011 transport

056/2011 transport, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Every 15 minutes, clean, non-stop, efficient trains carry passengers between central London and Gatwick airport. Not having a car when travelling forces one to think about the different options of transport. I was pleased to see the many greener alternatives available in London, in fact many more than in my home town.

First of all, there is the congestion charge – effective since 2003 – which stops many motorists driving into central London, and has really made a difference in the horrendous traffic. This time round, I noticed these new electric hybrid double-deckers, which must be more environmentally-friendly, judging by the text on the side.

Another new initiave were these Barclay’s bikes that you could hire in many places in the centre.

We did most of our exploring on foot, but now it’s time to say good-bye to London once again – till we next meet again.

24
Feb
11

055/2011 a hint of green

055/2011 a hint of green, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

How lucky I am! I will have the chance to enjoy this precious time twice this year! There is something magical about the first faint touch of green on the deciduous trees. It’s the titillating anticipation of rebirth that I love about this time of year.

I enjoy personifying plants and trees, and keep imagining all kinds of shapes and creatures in them. This tree took the shape of an old hag, with crazy green hair, flailing multiple arms about 🙂

23
Feb
11

054/2011 advance peek into spring!

Rainy day in London, but how lovely to see LIVING flowers everywhere! It’s amazing that spring is so far ahead in England even though it’s not that far further south from Finland.

These pansies and cyclamens were in boxes outside our hotel. Seeing all these colours around for a few days will make it easier to put up with yet another wintry month at home!

22
Feb
11

053/2011 airports

053/2011 airports, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Back to travelling. Arriving at London Gatwick late at night, I had a feeling of being enveloped in a slightly futuristic ambience, while waiting for the airport shuttle. The metallic surroundings, lights and colours of airports often have this effect on me.

21
Feb
11

052/2011 sunset colours

052/2011 sunset colours, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Beautiful warm colours by the riverside as the sun was starting to set, especially on the reddish brown masts of the sailing boat. This scene managed to make me forget the cold for a while. The best thing about this picture, though, is that it was taken at 5pm. We already have 9 hrs 40 mins of daylight!

20
Feb
11

051/2011 unchanged

051/2011 unchanged, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Soft snow, gently falling down outside, gave a nice view out of the window of this historical pub, where I spent the evening with my friend planning our short holiday trip. The pub has been converted from a chemist’s, with the decor and features of the old jugend building left intact.

Since 1993, a unique clientele has loyally gathered inside these historic walls, despite the fact that the interior has stayed exactly the same. It’s quite an achievement in the modern times of hectic change.

19
Feb
11

050/2011 let the sunshine in

050/2011 let the sunshine in, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Finally got to check the new LOGOMO stage of our Culture Capital, while watching the massive production of ‘Middle-Aged Hair’, with over 200 ordinary volunteer residents of our town. Looked as if many of them were taken right back to their youth by the familiar hippie tunes.

It was an interesting project, together with the Social Services and Health Care Department. They also did research into the effects of cultural activities on middle-aged people’s health, and the performers were given regular medical checks. Must have been a demanding, but wonderful adventure into self-expression!




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