Sunday, December 10, 2017

Frosty Leaves and Snow

Winter has descended upon us. I took Olga to the West Heath and Sandy Heath yesterday afternoon, and the fallen leaves were all coated with a thick layer of hoarfrost.

Olga, however, didn't seem to mind the cold at all, and played and chased squirrels with abandon. We even found her a frosty tennis ball...

...which, needless to say, didn't stay frosty for long.

In the morning we went walking through Cricklewood and I took the camera. I haven't been carrying it much lately, except on my LOOP walks, but I'm missing my urban street photography. Maybe I'll have a chance to get out and do more of that after the holidays.

Last night, while Dave was at school for another concert, I watched a movie called "Say Hello to Yesterday," with Jean Simmons and Leonard Whiting. It's from 1970 and depicts a daylong intergenerational romance between an older woman and younger man. I really liked it -- watched it twice straight through, in fact -- partly because of the groovy fashions and sappy music and all the old images of London in its swinging heyday. Parts of it were filmed in Holland Park and Kensington, near where Dave and I used to live. None of the characters ever revealed their names, which I thought was an interesting touch.

And as I look outside now, it's snowing! Quite a lot, actually, at least by London standards. I'm glad I got Olga some exercise yesterday, because today the chance of precipitation is 100 percent and it's supposed to be miserable out there. Unfortunately the high school band concert is today so I'll be off to school in the afternoon, to see the fruits of Dave's labor over the past several months. At least it's not an outdoor event!


  1. I hope the concert goes well. If it's snowing I suggest you wear tennis rackets on your feet.

  2. That movie sounds interesting. I'll have to see if it's available here. Those frosty photos are fun to see especially while I'm here in my warm house. I went to a champagne tasting event yesterday and got to taste some very pricey champagne. It was a free event at a place just down the street. I would never pass up free champagne.

  3. Snow! I can't wait for pictures!

  4. Love those leaves in frost. It reminds me that I should go out early and photograph the frost around here too. It's cold out there, but it sure is pretty.

  5. Yes, it's snowing! In London! :-) I can't believe it. This doesn't happen very often. Funny how snow connects different people. I went to get my paper in the morning and already there were families out trying to make snowmen (just about managed it, I have to say. This snow has turned to slush too quickly).

    Have a great week ahead.

  6. It snowed here too yesterday! It was quite beautiful.

  7. I know!! Did you ever think that you'd watch a movie -- twice -- just for the scenery!?!? I did that in a movie theater, for the film Saving Grace, in 2000 and that was the experience that made me think, Jesus, I'm getting old.

    I was saying to my husband last night that I'd like to see Harold and Maude again, to see if the story still holds up.

    It snowed here on Long Island all day yesterday and I had a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc out in the backyard until 4 o'clock. I don't now why, but the wine always tastes better when it's been wind-chilled.

  8. Those frosty leaves actually look beautiful . . . who'd have thought a brown dead leaf could look like that?