She’s Also Gone

July 6, 2007 at 3:22 pm (Uncategorized)


leaving

Originally uploaded by rj_andreo

It’s been a week of goodbyes, not only to friends but also to cars.

Adrian said goodbye to his first car last Thursday and on Tuesday it was my turn. Newly christened ‘Lady Sunshine’ drove off with her new owner and I am now a very, very tiny bit richer.

As Monica and Rachel both once said “It’s the end of an era!”

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Italiano!

July 6, 2007 at 2:51 pm (Italy)

Whilst walking along the cobbled streets of Torino we found what looked like a nice italian restaurant for some dinner. I approached the waitress and asked possiamo sedere al fondo? (can we sit outside?) she looked at me strangely and said fuori? but pointed to a nice little table under an umberella, so we sat down. As she walked away I realised that I’d actually just asked ‘can we sit in the oven?’!! We both cracked up laughing and tried to carry on as if nothing had happened. After maybe 40 minutes of ordering, chatting and eating I remembered that ‘in the oven’ translates to al forno and not al fondo. After a quick flick through the dictionary it turns out that I said one of the following…

Can we sit in the bottom? Can we sit in the dregs? (or my favourite) Can we sit in the dead of night?

I think I’ve got a bit of practise to do!

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The Day That I Was Born

July 1, 2007 at 10:00 pm (photos, Uncategorized)

23 years ago, yesterday, I was born. “Hoorah” (I hear you cry). Unfortunately, what with all the packing and general organising that’s going on around here, not much happened. It felt very strange and I think I’m getting to the age when events (such as Christmas, Easter and Birthdays) don’t have the same appeal and excitement about them as they used to, which leads to a slight feeling of disappointment when the awaited event does finally arrive. Morose sounding, I know, and I didn’t think I’d ever hear myself say it. I’m normally the person ‘bigging up’ such events and trying to rally everyone round by making them wear the mandatory Father Christmas hat or the red nose or whatever it is that’s supposed to symbolise the event, but this time it’s me being the pessimistic one. I don’t think I’ll ever not enjoy these celebrations but I am going to have to tone down the build up and nervous anticipation, as it seems to be doing more harm than good. With all that said, I did really enjoy myself in the evening of my Birthday; I ate far too much good food, drunk a little more than I should (but about the amount that’s deemed reasonable when it’s your Birthday) and discovered a cool feature on my camera. Basically, it continuously takes photos (until you tell it to stop!) in short succession, so you get some great cartoon-strip-esque moments. Could photography get any better? An example of the hilarity is below.

Blanche 1

Blanche 2

Blanche 3

Blanche 4

A few other photos from the day are up on flickr.

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