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Winter sports beat winter blues


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    Winter sports beat winter blues

    In the Northern Hemisphere the short, dark days of January can put people in a funk. Unless they embrace the weather. Playing in the snow may be the best cure for the winter blues. Collected here are pictures from the last month showing everyone from Olympic and professional athletes performing at the highest levels of their sports to ordinary people enjoying an old-fashioned snowball fight in the street. Who needs spring? — Lane Turner (39 photos total)
     

    A man dives into the icy water in St. Petersburg, Russia, January 30, 2011. The temperature in St. Petersburg was around -3C (27 F). (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
     

    Thomas Lambert of Switzerland crashes as he competes in the aerials event at the World Cup freestyle ski competition at Mont Gabriel in Sainte-Adele, Quebec January 16, 2011. (REUTERS/Shaun Best) #

     

    Matt Everidge, Camden Jarvis, and Christian Truxell, crash in the snow in Waynesboro, Va. January 27, 2011. (AP Photo/The News Leader/Mike Tripp) #

     

    Matt Bornitz stands his Ski-Doo on end as he tops out in a vast, undulating field of powder near Togwotee Pass January 7, 2011 in Jackson, Wyo. Togwotee Pass, in the center of the Continental Divide Trail, is famous for its high-altitude powder and dramatic scenery. (AP Photo/Jackson Hole News & Guide/Price Chambers) #

     

    Emily Sweeney of the US crashes in the ice channel during the luge World Cup race in Oberhof, Germany January 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer) #

     

    Switzerland’s Justin Murisier clears a gate during the first run of the slalom at the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup January 16, 2011 in Wengen, Switzerland. (AFP PHOTO/FABRICE COFFRINI) #

     

    Rick Martel takes the lead over Matt Taylor and Fred Fecteau coming out of turn four during the Latchkey Cup ice racing auto race on Berry Pond January 29, 2011 in Moultonboro, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) #

     

    Participants jump with their their sled to the finish line of the traditional horn sledge race in a valley near the Bavarian village of Garmisch-Partenkirchen January 6, 2011. (CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images) #

     

    Josh Grimes, 17, sleds down the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia January 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) #

     

    A man snowboards past a pedestrian after a snowfall of over six-inches January 10, 2011 in downtown Asheville, N.C. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images) #

     

    Crystal Lee chases a jackrabbit that got onto the course after she competed in the World Cup freestyle aerials skiing competition in Calgary January 29, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press/Jeff McIntosh) #

     

    Members of a winter swimming club jump on an embankment to heat up before getting into the icy waters of the Yenisei River, with the air temperature at about -13 C (8.6 F), in the town of Divnogorsk, Russia January 28, 2011. (REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin) #

     

    Samantha Schram (left) arms herself as she ducks an attack by her sister Sydnee Schram during a snowball fight on Beale St. in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal/Jim Weber) #

     

    A competitor emerges from the freezing water during the 2011 Tough Guy Challenge January 30, 2011 in Perton, England. (Michael Regan/Getty Images) #

     

    Yvonne Woods, 85, holds her towel after competing in the UK Cold Water Swimming Championships at the Tooting Bec Lido in London January 22, 2011. (REUTERS/Kieran Doherty) #

     

    Norway’s Tora Berger lies on the snow after arriving at the finish during the 12.5km mass start at the Biathlon World Cup in Anterselva, Italy January 23, 2011. (REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi) #

     

    Britain’s Amy Williams, an Olympic Gold medalist, starts her run during the skeleton at the Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Cup in Winterberg, Germany January 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) #

     

    A swimmer takes to the frigid waters of Orankesee Lake during the 27th annual “Winter Swimming in Berlin” January 8, 2011 in Berlin. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body’s blood circulation. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images) #

     

    Youths play ice hockey on the frozen Elbsee Lake near Aitrang, Germany as the sun sets January 5, 2011. (KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND/AFP/Getty Images)#

     

    Colby West slides over the rainbow rail during practice for the skiing slopestyle event during Winter X Games 15 at Buttermilk Mountain January 28, 2011 in Aspen, Colo. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) #

     

    Polo players challenge each other January 23, 2011 in Klosters, Switzerland. In temperatures plunging to -13 degrees, polo is played with a twist, with horsemen charging after the ball though snow rather than across a grassy pitch. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images) #

     

    Hot air balloons take off during the 33nd International Hot Air Balloon week in the ski resort of Chateau d’Oex, in the Swiss Alps, January 23, 2011. Over 80 balloons from 15 countries are participating in the ballooning event in the Swiss mountain resort famous for ideal flight conditions due to an exceptional microclimate. (AP Photo/Keystone/Dominic Favre) #

     

    Finland’s Markus Malin competes in the snowboard halfpipe semifinal at the FIS Snowboard World Championships in La Molina, Spain January 20, 2011. (REUTERS/Susana Vera) #

     

    Russia’s Ivan Tcherezov leads the pack during the 10km sprint competition at the Biathlon World Cup in the German ski resort of Oberhof January 7, 2011. (REUTERS/Christian Charisius) #

     

    A skier jumps before the Sapporo skyline during an official training session of the World Cup ski jumping competition at Okurayama Hill January 14, 2011. (KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images) #

     

    Zoe Hart falls during the ice climbing competition during the 2011 Ouray Ice Festival January 8, 2011, in the Ouray, Colo., Ice Park. The daunting nature of the sport, pulling yourself up a slick, frozen surface that can break loose at any time, meant that until recently, the handful of waterfalls in the Pikes Peak region that could be climbed in winter mostly weren’t. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette/Christian Murdock) #

     

    Skaters compete during the 5000m event of the European Speed Skating Championships at the Collalbo ice rink in Collalbo, Italy January 7, 2011. (REUTERS/Max Rossi) #

     

    Athletes take the start of the 33th ‘Foulee Blanche’ (White Stride) 42km cross country skiing race January 23, 2011 in Autrans, French Alps. (JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT/AFP/Getty Images) #

     

    Thousands of anglers gather at Hole-in-the-Day Bay January 22, 2011 on Gull Lake in Brainerd, Minn. for the 21st annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza. (AP Photo/Brainerd Dispatch/Kelly Humphrey) #

     

    People enjoy the frozen Lac de Joux lake at Le Pont in the Jura region in western Switzerland January 30, 2011. The lake, when completely frozen, is among the largest natural ice rinks of Europe and is a popular spot during the winter months for skating. (REUTERS/Valentin Flauraud) #

     

    An unidentified coach sits at the Hundschopf jump over the high fog before the men’s downhill Alpine skiing World Cup super combined race at the Lauberhorn in Wengen, Switzerland January 14, 2011. (REUTERS/Michael Buholzer) #

     

    Tourists ski through the Thueringer Wald in the eastern German ski resort of Oberhof January 6, 2011. (REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz) #

     

    A worker uses a broom to clear a makeshift ice skating rink on the frozen Songhua River in the northern city of Harbin, China January 4, 2011. (REUTERS/David Gray) #

     

    Winter swimmers paddle in a partially ice-covered swimming pool in Changzhi, China January 3, 2011. (REUTERS/Stringer) #

     

    An unidentified skater from Norway trains at the European Speedskating Championships in Collalbo, Italy January 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) #

     

    A skier is pulled by a horse during a traditional highlander’s competition in Male Ciche, Poland January 30, 2011. (REUTERS/Marek Podmokly/Agencja Gazeta)#

     

    Players from the White Park Hockey Club score against the Cheers Chiefs during their 50-and-over finals at the Black Ice Pond Hockey Championships January 30, 2011 in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) #

     

    A participant dressed in a shark costume runs from the cold waters of English Bay while taking part in the 91st Polar Bear Swim in Vancouver January 1, 2011. (REUTERS/Andy Clark) #

     

    Skaters enjoy the annual “Wiener Eistraum” ice rink built in front of the City Hall during its opening in Vienna January 20, 2011. The “Wiener Eistraum” (Vienna Ice Dream) ice rink and catering is open to the public until March 6, 2011. (REUTERS/Lisi Niesner) #

    Beautiful Photo Illustrations by Alicja Rodzik


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    FROM THE MOVIE "The Holiday"


     

    “The Holiday” Movie House Tour: Rosehill Cottage

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    It’s Friday! How about another fun movie house tour? This weekend I’m taking you on a tour of my second favorite Christmas movie house, Rosehill Cottage from the movie, The Holiday. The home inHome Alone will always be my first “movie house” love. 😉 The Holiday, hit the theaters in 2006. Did you see it? I am a total sucker for romantic comedies but it was the cottage in the movie that totally stole my heart. 


    A Little Background:
    The Holiday is a “romantic comedy” written, produced and directed by Nancy Meyers. Mrs. Meyers is amazingly talented..she also gave us the hit movies, Somethings Gotta Give and It’s Complicated.

    If you saw The Holiday, you can skip the part in italics below. If you didn’t, here’s a quick synopsis from Wikipedia:

    The two main characters are Amanda (Cameron Diaz), a highly successful movie trailer editor in Los Angeles, and Iris (Kate Winslet), a lovesick society column editor for The Daily Telegraph in London. The story is set in motion when each of them suffers a heartache: Amanda discovers that her boyfriend has cheated on her, while the object of Iris’ unrequited love announces his engagement at the office Christmas party. Seeking an escape, Iris proposes the home swap on the internet, posting an ad about her quaint cottage in Surrey in the British countryside. Her offer is eagerly accepted by Amanda, who lives in a luxurious home in L.A. but is stressed over her break-up. There are also hints that Amanda is a workaholic; there is a running gag that she imagines her life as being narrated by movie trailer narrator Hal Douglas.

    At first, the swap seems uneven; Iris revels in the luxury of Amanda’s L.A. home, while Amanda suffers a series of disappointments in Surrey. Things turn around for Amanda when she meets Iris’ brother Graham (Jude Law). Both Amanda and Graham intend to have a one-night stand, but a romance develops. Things get complicated as only one day remains until Amanda’s flight is scheduled to leave to L.A. While in the cab, leaving for the airport, Amanda realizes she loves Graham, so she runs back to the house, where she recently left Graham, and hugs him.

    Meanwhile, Iris befriends movie composer Miles (Jack Black) and elderly Arthur Abbott; Arthur, it turns out, worked as a screenwriter during the Golden Age of Hollywood. The friendship between Iris and Miles turns romantic after Miles learns of his girlfriend Maggie (Shannyn Sossamon)’s infidelity.

    So, basically Amanda (Cameron Diaz) and Iris (Kate Winslet) swap houses for a holiday. Iris heads off to California to stay in Amanda’s huge, modern home, while Amanda takes a flight to Surrey in England to stay in Iris’s centuries-old, cottage. One of the first glimpses we get of Iris’s cottage is when Amanda stumbles across it while looking for vacation spots online. Yep, it’s adorable!

    Rosehill Cottage by day…

    And at night~~~Big SIGH~~~

    There’s a cute cottage called Slatters Cottage in the Cotswolds and some folks think it was the inspiration for Iris’s cottage. What do you think? Sadly, we’ll never be able to rent Rosehill Cottage (you’ll find out why soon) but it is possible to stay at Slatters Cottage. 🙂

    Just before Iris takes off for California, we get a view of her quaint kitchen. What is it about painted cabinetry that just totally cozies a place up?! Can you imagine cooking on that tiny stove? As little as I cook, that would work pretty well. LOL Oh, to have a fireplace like that in my kitchen! Oh, to have ANY fireplace in my kitchen! Note the little spice rack on the wall and the other cooking sauces on the narrow shelf between the stove and the fireplace. Simple and sweet.

    A little closeup of the area above the fireplace. The garland appears to be made from acorns.

    Once Amanda arrives, she gets busy settling in. Here are a few shots of the bedroom…the only one in this tiny house. I think the pillow in the chairs says, “Be the person your dog thinks you are.”

    Love the bed, love the bedding…LOVE!

    It looks so much larger in this professional shot than it did in the movie! Notice how the mismatched furniture makes the room feel real and adds so much personality. I love the little built in cabinet to the left of the fireplace and that amazing ceiling!

    Remember Slatters Cottage…here’s one of the rooms you can rent there. Those beds look quite similar, don’t they?

    Amanda has quite the time adjusting to a home that’s heated via fireplaces only. She makes the best of it by snuggling down into the bed. Don’t you just love the alcove over by the window with the bookcase?! It’s those little things that make this home feel extra inviting.

    When Amanda first arrives at Iris’s, she takes a little tour of her new digs for the week. Her comment once she sees the bathtub is so funny, “THAT, will be interesting!” Look at that tiny sink!

    And here she is later in the movie…making the best of it. Doesn’t look so comfy does it?

    Here’s a picture from online…I never realized the floor was painted until I saw this pic. I think you would need a step ladder to get in and out of that tub.

    While staying in Surrey, Amanda meets Graham, Iris’s brother who is played by Jude Law. He stops by for a visit not realizing Iris has rented out her cottage and left the country. Here are a few more views of the kitchen with Iris and Graham…

    Amanda and Graham go out for dinner to this restaurant in the movie…

    Wow! What an amazing place for a restaurant!

    Back at Iris’s house… Doesn’t this just make you want to put a little table in your kitchen? I’ve actually read, having a kitchen table is very popular with folks remodeling their homes. Isn’t it funny how we move away from things like hardwood floors, porches, tables in the kitchen…only to miss them and start adding them back in again?

    This hallway from the kitchen leads to a room we see very little of in the movie.

    It’s a wonderful, cozy library. Love the old rug and those old, old floors. The door is the back door to the cottage.

    Here’s a little view of the foyer with a great bamboo hall tree. Amanda is freezing and is beginning to wonder about her vacation choice. She tries to warm up with an adult beverage.

    Here’s an even better view… the front door to this cottage is sooo dang cute!

    Here’s the other side of the front door…

    We get a brief glimpse of the living room here and a view of Iris’s china hutch in the kitchen…

    A better view as Amanda comes down the stairs…

    Isn’t it a wonderful space? I love that velvet ottoman/coffee table. Completely impractical and oh, so fabulous! It would last about a week at my house before something was spilled on it.

    This house appears to be built of stone/rock, doesn’t it? Hold that thought.

    Here’s another view of the living room looking toward the stairway. Amanda has had a bit too much to drink (can you tell?) and is singing and dancing…sort of.

    Even though the cottage is small, the downstairs feels pretty open, doesn’t it? I love the fabrics. It’s an English cottage in every sense of the word. Notice the oranges with cloves…love those little touches. I WANT that ottoman…and have absolutely nowhere I could use it. 😉

    From this angle, you can see the cute, little alcove across the room. How do you like the drum table between the chairs? What do you suppose is in the basket on the stair landing? Looks kind of like firewood…perhaps for the upstairs bedroom fireplace? On second thought, I think it’s rolled up magazines. Notice the branch stairway handle. Ummm, are you getting a bit suspicious yet about this cottage? Is it seeming a bit too fairytale-charming to be real? If your answer is, yes…sadly you are correct.

    It turns out this darling cottage that looks for the world like it’s been here a gazillion years, was built in the space of a few weeks just for the movie! The village shots were filmed in Godalming and here you can see snow being “created” for the movie.

    Rosehill Cottage was built over the course of about a week.

    Though it appears to be made of centuries-old stone, it was actually constructed of wood and fiberglass. You can just see the beginnings of that “ancient” stone wall that encircled the home in the movie.

    The landscaping took 4 weeks to complete…that’s 3 weeks longer than it took to actually build the cottage.

    See the tree on the right…yep, it’s fake, too.

    Even though the home was created just for the movie and was torn down once the movie was finished, I still adore it. It could be the blue-print for a real cottage, couldn’t it?

    (Pictures in this post were taken from the movie and from Outnow-CH, a fun movie site recommended by Joni at Cote de Texas. Thanks, Joni!)

    If you would like to see another adorable cottage reminicent of Rosehill Cottage, check out this post about Fig Tree Cottage at Hooked on Houses.

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