Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Cold Up North



As I was saying, before I was so rudely interrupted....




....it's cold up north. Especially near Spitzbergen. [1996]

Sadly, I have lost the other 4,685 photographs that I had scanned and uploaded for your perusal. I know you will be beyond yourselves with grief to read this.
Meanwhile, to finish, this photo survived the process and didn't get lost on a forgettable file somewhere near the recycle bin....



Yes, this is me, looking like my normal scruffy, not at all glamorous self... and I am in conversation with a strawberry blonde pony... somewhere in Norway. [1996]

I will be back next Wednesday with more photos from my past.....

49 comments:

  1. Fjantastic fjord and pjony!

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    1. There are more, Mr Lax! But thank you, I had a great time and would love to go again, despite the cold.
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  2. His coat, your mane have a touching similarity of colour...

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    1. I know, Mr Bene, we were probably separated at birth.
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  3. In the Western horse world, that pony is a flaxen maned sorrel (light red)... and since you match, I guess you are too! Lovely photos, Scarlet. Can't wait to see more. :-)

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    1. Ponita, I like it! I shall from now onwards always describe myself as a flaxen maned sorrel! Thank you.
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    2. Any time! That makes you a pretty little mare. :-)

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  4. You look so alike. What the hell are you saying to that pony?!

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    1. Mr Joey... As I was probably lost in Norway, I imagine I was asking for directions to the nearest Ladies public convenience. I am not keen on struggling with my underwear behind bushes.
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  5. I'm intrigued by the blue rope gate closing mechanism, is this a Norwegian thing?

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    1. Mr Nikos... Actually, it might be a Norwegian thing?! We will have to wait and see whether a helpful Norwegian person pops by to explain.
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  6. Ms Scarlet, the horse whisperer. I see a brand new career for you.

    ;)
    Hugs
    Jon

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    1. Jon... I have had so many new careers... it's about time I settled to something!
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  7. i wish i had some photos from my younger days! ;) xoxoxox i do love yours, sugar!

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    1. Savvy... to be fair I haven't got many pics of me, and I do wish I had more pictures of my memories.
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  8. Two beautiful blondes!

    I cannot imagine Norway. How sad is that? There's something about living the in the center of a large country, bound by oceans, that makes the idea of that kind of travel suspect. HOW many hours in a plane?!

    I'm disappointed in myself, honestly.

    Pearl

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    1. Pearl... Ha! I know exactly what you mean about the hours on a plane! When I visit the States and Canada I am going to cruise all the way from Southampton... I am going to do it in style... I may be rather old and in need of a personal carer when I do this, as it might take me some time to save up for the fare. BUT, I will get there one day!!
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  9. Canada is on my list too - but not before NORWAY - I'm so jealous you've been (lovely photos though xx)

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    1. I would like to go back to Norway! One of things I remember was the 24hr daylight, which was very strange and confusing, but I would like to experience it again. I would also like to see the Northern lights.
      I think I would have to put aside a couple of months for Canada and the US to enjoy it properly, so that's something for the future.
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    2. You can see the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) where I live. Best in winter, but occasionally in summer. Come for a visit, Scarlet! I could show you around a small portion of the country! (It is rather huge... ~5000 km coast to coast.)

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  10. You may not be especially glamourous in that photo, but, unless I'm very much mistaken, you're wearing a Barbour jacket, which, certainly in 1996, makes you VERY posh!

    Giddy-up! Neigh!

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    1. Mr Devine... Er... sadly not a genuine Barbour jacket...but Yessica at C&A, circa 1988! It was lost on the banks of a river... 21/06/2007... if that rings any bells...
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  11. Lovely scenery in an old nag porridge oats in a nosebag sort of way. We did the Norwegian cruise a few years ago Aug-Sept time and it was freezing and very wet and a llama flegged in my face. After a rough crossing back to Southampton I vowed to myself that I will never to cross the North Sea again.

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    1. Mitzi... I like a rough crossing. It means that there are brown paper sick bags placed conveniently in the stairwells and the restaurants are empty. I am lucky to have sea legs... either that or I was so pissed I didn't notice any difference.
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  12. I brought my band to Moscow ten years ago to do some gigs. It was March. It was cold. And one night a policeman pointed his gun at me and told me to stop singing! Really put a dent in my confidence. :-/

    Xxx

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    1. Mr Cheen... That's not nice... what were you singing at the time? You probably hit an anti-western nerve.
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  13. What amazing fotos, Scarlet! Thank you for sharing!

    That is a spectacular picture of the towering, majestic mountains, drizzled with snow like delicious frosting, with powdered sugar spread out on the mirrored lake reflecting that gorgeous scenery and skies.

    The last picture is a magnificent foto of two very fine fillies. That is a great capture of adventurous, gorgeous you interacting with a beautiful pony outside in a wonderful landscape. And is that Aquavit you're holding in your hands to offer (or entice) the horse? Perhaps to keep you warm in that cold weather?

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    1. Mr Swings... Not Aquavitt... but I wish it had been! I need to try that now... I have just Googled and it sounds like the sort of thing I might like.
      Do you know... I think that's the sea... not a Fjord and not a lake.
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  14. I don't recall ever seeing you post a photie of yourself before. Is this a new Scarlet we see? A trend. It look so perfect that if I din't know any better I'd say you were standing in front of a backdrop.

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    1. Mr Pain... I don't think we had backdrops in 1996! I am liking how these old photos look when scanned... they make 1996 look like a time in the very distant past... it wasn't that long ago, was it?
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  15. Lovely !

    And no silly comments from me on this.

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  16. My wife claims to be able to talk to horses. I've seen her. It just looked like she was nagging the nag to me.

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    1. Bill... I'll have you know that I never nag! I prefer emotional blackmail and full on manipulation.
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    2. emotional blackmail - not sure how that works but I seem to recall that term used in a Rolling Stone's song.

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  17. A divine roughshod looking creature, wild, untamed, tousled and pretty much as nature intended such a fine beast to be. A wonderful ride in the hands of a man comfortable enough with such a filly. The horse is not bad either.

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    1. Mr Files!!! Are you back??? I'll polish the saddle and get the bit between my teeth.
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    2. Don't encourage the fecker!
      Actually, DO encourage the fecker, we might get more recipes, and you more rides. I'm off, you know where I live now, so.... ;-)

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  18. Losing stuff is super-crappy. But the photos that remain are fabulous. Both of 'em x

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  19. Thank you Indigo! They are just holiday snaps of old - nothing like your wonderful work, but thank you.
    Sx

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  20. Darling Miss S,
    We really believe that you could be photographed on a windswept hillside in a torrential gale and still look fabulous. The tantalising glimpses you give to us always make us think of Marilyn Monroe.......... vulnerable, stylish and charming. Lovely.

    Old photographs take on rather peculiar colourings with age, don't they. It is rather like looking at old films in the rather frightening 'Technicolor' where everyone appears somewhat orange or green. Whatever, we should be most interested to see Norway.........is it really so blue?

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    1. Jane and Lance - thank you for such a lovely comment - I will re read it every time I am feeling gloomsome because of my appearance!
      I used to think it was just the 1970's that had that peculiar colouring, but it seems to have spread through the decades, I am fascinated to see if it reaches the digital age.
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  21. Love these photos. The pony is obviously intrigued by your matching hair colour.
    Is Titian allowed?

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  22. Pat -Titian is definitely allowed! I am defiantly Titian... not so much Venetian.
    Sx

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  23. Rats, I've lost the other 274 comments I was going to download. So this one will have to do.

    From the one or two photos I've seen of you in the past, you're far from scruffy and unglamorous. I'm sure Jane and Lance are spot-on. I've always had a hankering to explore Norway's amazing scenery, but the thought of being freezing cold puts me off actually going there. I should stop being such a hopeless wimp and go for it!

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  24. Go for it, Nick! I would love to go again. It's breathtaking.... or maybe it's just the cold that takes your breath away!
    Honestly, I am genuinely a scruffy wee thing!
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  25. Hi SB, just checking in to say hello and how are you and thank you so much for your lovely comments while I was away.

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