winter dreams of sun

Enough of all the snow now. :D I wish it was spring time already to be honest!
Although thank you very much all for popping by and commenting on the snow photos.
The Snow Parliament made it to VOX front page and all. Yay! ;)

But to bring on some sunshine I'm posting some old Holga shots from way back in 2005 from Nice, France. I've not gone through some of my old film scans for ages and there are such pearls in there. I've printed some by hand in the dark room, but these are unposted, untouched, revealed. And all for you. :)

Oh to be by the Mediterranean Sea! 
It was amazing to be in the South of France in October.
It was super warm, sunny – totally blissful.
Hope to see it all some time soon… *sigh*

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snow snow snow oh

Snow is not that common in London. It comes and very quickly goes maybe twice a winter, but lo-and-behold it started coming down last night like never before and this morning we woke up to a serious winter wonderland! I was ecstatic. I'd planned a long weekend off, so today was a day off work anyways (great timing), so I put on layers upon layers of clothing and strapped three cameras on me and off I went this morning to experience proper winter in London!

It was snowing on and off the whole time I was out, and as I'm writing this it's still snowing. We are expecting at least another foot of snow to come overnight and I have taken another day off work tomorrow, just in case. Trust me, public transport does not handle days like this well at all over here. They are just not used to it!

I did a long walk along the South Bank this morning and it was strange in so many ways. The whole city felt magical! I've experienced snow in UK before, but nothing like this. There were not that many people out, and in the morning there were no buses. It was quite eerie!

The schools were closed and people young and old were having a great time along the way. These guys were (re)making a huge snow man right in front of the Tate Modern. I love the guy in the Santa hat. How appropriate! :D

There were more photographers out that I have seen in any national event! Everyone was trying to capture the extraordinary day we were having. There were quite a lot of snow men popping up along the way, too. The snow being the perfect consistency for it. :)

That of course meant a lot of snow balls as well as snow fights. Everyone were having a great time, really! :D

Although some people still ended up doing some work, if they made it in the office.
Or in this woman's case why get to the office when you can do business right in the middle of it all.
It was a quite peculiar day all in all. :D

Peculiar in many ways actually. I've never seen such a sight in London. And everyone was talking to each other as well. And that never happens in London! :D Seems like there's nothing like a good weather story or shared cause of suffering that brings British people more together. :D

Towards lunch time the snow was still coming thick and strong, but at the same time more people were out, which meant the snow got more packed and it just melted quicker. I came home after few hours out with my feet soaking wet. That was no fun at all. I'm just not used to such weather conditions over here! :)

Apart from the snowmen people were getting really creative. This amazing replica of the Houses of Parliament was done by such a nice guy, with the aid of his Oyster card in about 10 minutes. I hope it's still there tomorrow by the London Aquarium. I think it is great! And such a London thing to do on a day like this. :)

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