Monday, December 06, 2010

December Snow

Ok, so I know a bit of snow is not that big a deal to most of you who read this, but it is a massive deal to me! I love the snow, so I have a few more pictures from the 2nd December when Southampton received its biggest covering of snow for many years :)

This is Peter. My first ever snowman. I was very pleased with him.


These are some pictures from down my local park.












And this is my drive and what I awoke to!


My snowman Peter is still alive even though it has since rained an awful lot. I don’t know when I’ll next get snow but I do hope it is like this again!

Remember to check out my Flickr page where I have a lot more photos of the snow.

Friday, December 03, 2010

The big snow of December 2010...

Hello everyone. The UK has been crippled by snow once again. It is so funny over here when we get snow. Everything just stops for a couple of days. I have to admit, in January 2010 it was fairly bad in the South where I am. We had snow, sleet, rain and then it froze so the pavements and roads were like ice blocks- very dangerous.

This time, my city of Southampton that never gets any good snow was buried under at least a foot of the white stuff on the 2nd December! It was amazing to wake up to. For some reason, (being close to the water amongst the reasons), Southampton is rubbish for snow. We never get more than a dusting.

I woke up on Thursday morning after my boyfriend getting a call from his workplace telling him to go in early. I had a peek out the window expecting to see a few centimetres and there was about a foot of it! That was it- I couldn’t go back to sleep. Then my boss called and said not to go in to work. How happy I was! I was like a 10 year old again. I got all wrapped up warm and went down the park armed with 3 cameras.

I was surprised how many people were out and about but it made for a great morning. I walked around for 2 hours taking photos. People were mainly out with their little kiddies and walking their dogs. The dogs were hilarious jumping around in the snow and there were some people sledging down this little hill at the park. It was really nice.

Some of the pictures came out ok but it was still snowing and the sky was a dark grey colour. This generally made the photos rather dull. But, everything was so pretty that I don’t really mind a bit of grey.

Anyway, here are some pictures of the deepest snow Southampton has seen since 1963 (according to a few people who said ‘the last time it was like this was the winter of 63…’).

These first few are off my Sony Satio phone, hence the smaller size.

Snow at riverside park, southampton.

Snow 2010

Snowy park

Snowy southampton

This was near my house.

By my house

And this is my street. Very snowy!

My snowy street

I have some more photos taken with my Canon and my Panasonic which I will put up later. I just thought I’d share some of the phone photos with you first as that is all I have access to at the moment. I had one day off but am in the office today. I wish I was at home though. I might make a snowman later on. I don’t think I have ever built one before.

I just love the snow so much! I have more photos on my Flickr page that didn’t make it on here. Check it out.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Cool Pictures from Thailand (last post, honest!)

So I thought I would round off my holiday posts with a few photos that didn’t really fit with any of my other posts. This will be my last Krabi post. Phew! I hear you say…!

I can’t believe I’ve managed to spread out a two week holiday into 6 months worth of posts. Sorry about that!

So here we are, my last lot of Thailand snaps.

This was a great scene- I was so lucky to actually get this photo as the battery had gone in the camera. I managed to switch it over in time to get this photo of a huge lizard running off with his toad supper! This was just at the side of the road too.

Big Lizard with prey - frog for dinner!

In this photo they were harvesting bird nests for bird nest soup. I honestly thought that bird nest soup was just a name, I didn’t realise they actually do use bird nests!! But look at the water, just beautiful.

Harvesting bird nests for bird nest soup. Weird.

This was probably the best side car tuk tuk that I saw whilst in Thailand. It was pretty awesome.

Fancy Tuk Tuk

And this one was cool too- a banging sound system built into the side car with neon lights.

Bangin' Tuk Tuk

This was a weird one. There was a guy living in a cave on this island. Well, it wasn’t really an island, more a big rock in the middle of the sea! There was no boat moored there, just the guy and his washing. The boat in the picture is another long boat on a tour like we were.

Hermit in cave. Nr Krabi Thailand

I saw a few of these gorgeous red birds visiting the many red flowers around the hotel grounds. I don’t have a clue what they are but they are gorgeous. Not a good photo I’m afraid, I was miles away!

Beautiful little red bird

Brian asked the woman’s permission to take this photo. It was cute, but I’m too shy to ask so he did! The kids loved it.

Time for a bath!

And he took this one too. This guy had just caught this and I guess was pretty pleased with it.

Catch of the day!

I love this picture. A beautiful little Gecko. Notice the awful sounding menu?! We didn't eat in places like these I can tell you! we went Thai food all the way. Apart from the Macdonalds we had once. It's my thing- I have to have one in every country I go to.

Gecko on restaurant menu sign

And this one, even if it is a bit blurry. This Gecko was huge- about the size of my forearm and hand!

Huge Gecko

This bird was so cute. It was right by our feet and was not scared at all. I don’t know what it is though, but they were fairly common.

Pretty Thai Bird

This was the LIVE jelly fish that our guide scooped up out of the water. Brian had a hold too. Crazy people. Apparently though, it is the tiny bits right at the bottom that sting.

Live Jelly Fish

I think these may be Purple Herons? Or black Herons if there is such a thing? I’m not sure but I know they are stunning.

Herons. Purple I think!

This was a crazy little crab we spotted. There were thousands popping out of little holes in the sand. They were waving their one big claw about in such a funny way! In their thousands, waving, they looked like flies. I actually thought it was tons of flies til Brian got a closer look and pointed out they were actually really tiny, very cool crabs.

Crazy Thai Crab

So that is it from my holiday to Krabi in Thailand. I am sorry I managed to drag it out so long but hope that you enjoyed looking at the pictures.

I am off to Egypt in Spring next year and have a really nifty new Panasonic Lumix underwater camera to try out. It is the FT2 (in USA, TS2) and it is a brilliant compact digital. Great colours and so easy to use and does HD videos. It is the perfect holiday camera for when you don’t want to worry about the dslr getting lugged about. Also, being an underwater camera means no need to worry if you’re at the beach or on a boat.

I am planning a lot of snorkelling and even my first scuba dive so there will be plenty of underwater shots and HD movies to show you all. I bet you’re looking forward to that! Ha ha ha- I’ll try not to drag it out so long this time!

Don’t forget to check out my Flickr page as I have a lot of Thailand photos among others that do not make it on here.

See you soon.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Day out on scooters, Krabi, Thailand

Hi everyone. Today I have another post from my holiday in Thailand. Wow, you must be excited huh?! I know it is taking me ages but I still have photos I want you to see. Back to the post…

So one day, I said to Brian that I wanted to rent scooters for the day as I had heard they were really cheap. At first he wasn’t keen because he thought it would be dangerous and I might get hurt seeing as I have never, ever ridden a scooter or motorbike!

I was persistent and he came round to the idea. We arranged it and it cost us the equivalent of £5 for 24 hours. I guess that’s about $8-9 maybe? Very cheap anyway. The guy turned up with our scooters and I saw that they were 135cc. Much bigger than you can ride in the UK without a proper license. The limit here is 50cc and you have to pass a cbt road test. They were ‘twist and go’ scooters which was amazing because I had no gear changing to worry about. Anyway, after a brief description of the controls, Brian sped off up the road. I was left alone with the guy watching me. I tried not to look like I hadn’t been on one before (they wouldn’t have let me go otherwise!) but I was a shambles as I wobbled off up the road. I caught up with Brian and made him pull over then asked him how I was supposed to go round corners! Very funny but also worrying as we headed out onto the main roads. I soon got the hang and absolutely loved it!

Here we are filling up the scooters. It cost us about $4/ £2 to fill up the tank.

Brian and our bikes.

Fill her up...

As you can see, I decided to wear my silly helmet. Brian didn’t. But to be honest I was wearing shorts and tshirt so there wasn’t much point wearing the helmet really as I would have ended up squished and cut up if I’d come off anyway!

The roads were scary at first then they were brilliant. The cars and trucks or busses and lorries would beep the horn to let you know they were coming up behind and overtaking. At first that was weird but then we got used to it. It was very strange being overtaken by other scooters with 3 or 4 people on… or a whole family, baby included!

We got to see some great stuff away from the resort. We drove through remote parts of town and saw people’s homes and life away from the beach resort of Ao Nang. We went to a place where they look after elephants and offer rides to people. We did not want a ride on an elephant but stopped to take photos. One young boy was pleased to let us photograph him and his elephant and got him to wind Brian up with his trunk which was funny. I, in typical Lucy fashion, was scared stiff by the huge creature so just stayed back and took photos!

Smiling Elephant, Krabi, Thailand

Young Mahout with his elephant

Young Mahout with his elephant



I spotted this other elephant just relaxing, leaning on the floor of that building, made me giggle!


The elephants seemed ok and there were a couple of babies chilling out playing football with each other- not chained up. Also, the mahouts do have this big spike thing but I only saw the young lad scratching behind the ear with it, not poking him or anything. I noticed where the rope goes around their bodies, it is encased in rubber tubing so as not to chafe the animals. I thought this showed they care about them.


So that day we just rode around taking in the jungle and palm and rubber fields. It was great. I’ll finish off with a couple of pictures of me on the scooter and looking silly in a funny hat as usual!

Me on the scooter!

Me on the scooter!

Don’t forget all these and more are on my Flickr page. Be back soon with some more!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Beaches at Krabi Thailand Pt 1

So ok, this is part 1 of the beaches of Krabi, Thailand. These are my favourite beaches. They were awesome and beautiful and just amazing. I so want to go back right now!

So these first shots are from Maya Bay. This is a beach that is closed in by the land mass of the island it is on. It is very famous as they filmed the movie ‘The Beach’ with Leonardo DiCaprio there. Consequently it was stupendously busy! I mean REALLY busy. There were hundreds of people there as we turned up. I was disappointed as it was the place I was looking forward to most out of the whole holiday but I didn’t get to enjoy it or even get in the sea for a swim. I did however snorkel round the back of the bay and saw a little clown fish (like Nemo). That was the first day I snorkelled. And, it was the time when I was just using a mask and no snorkel, but it was still amazing!

Long Boats at Maya Bay, Thailand.

This is Brian looking beautiful in the beautiful surroundings. He said it’s his Daniel Craig picture! (James Bond!)

Brian being Beautiful at Maya Bay, Thailand

Maya Bay, Thailand. Busy!

Long Boats at Maya Bay, Thailand.

This is me snorkelling at Maya Bay, round the other side. That foam noodle was amazing. Takes the panic of not being able to swim away!

Me snorkelling, Thailand

These next few are from a place just up the coast from where we were staying called Phra Nang Cave. There is a shrine in the cave there. The beach was gorgeous and that boat was pretty cool too. (I like wearing silly hats by the way)

Phra Nang Cave, Krabi, Thailand

Phra Nang Cave, Krabi, Thailand



The next few are of several other islands near Krabi. There is Phi Phi Don, but we just stopped there for lunch. And a shot of my most favourite place, Bamboo Island. Unfortunately I got into snorkelling there and did it for 2 hours solid so didn’t get any pictures til we were sailing away! I do regret that because it was the most beautiful island ever.

Phi Phi Don.

Phi Phi Don Thailand

Phi Phi Don Thailand

Bamboo Island.

Bamboo Island, Near Krabi Thailand

Leaving Bamboo Island, near Krabi Thailand

This was an island we stopped at one day for lunch. I don’t know the name but it was pretty!

small island near Krabi

small island near Krabi

So that leaves Poda Island. This was probably the best place we visited. It had great coral and fish just off the beach for snorkelling. It had monkeys up in the trees. It had a great looking rock just opposite the beach. It had white sand and palm trees. It had everything! We went here a couple of times.

Here’s me snorkelling, minus snorkel again.

Me, snorkelling at Poda Island, Thailand




The beach wasn’t really mucky, that is just sticks and stuff that got washed in. The pictures don’t do it justice really!


Anyway, that’s all for now. Don’t forget my Flickr Page!