Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Early one this. Taking Polly down from the Batu Caves, north of Kuala Lumpur. Must have been 1983. We were driving back from Penang, where we had spent a few days holiday thanks to Jenny winning a draw on our receipt when we bought a video player. Or was it in Changmai? Love this picture.
Monday, December 20, 2010
On the 22nd of this month, December 2010, it will be 5 years since Jenny died. She comes to my mind every day
This photo was taken in Barcellona, I think. Not having the original slides, having to rely on memory. We did so much travelling after Jenny took early retirement. One city looks much like another in the photos.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
A little different this one.
Ingredients for 2 servings.
- 150/200 g of finely chopped onions.
- 1 small carrot, chopped.
- 1 stick of celery, chopped.
- 100/150 g of chopped pumpkin. (minus skin of course!!)
- enough olive oil to cover pan bottom.
- 1 table spoon of honey
- 300 ml of veggie stock (half a cube in hot water)
- Salt and pepper
As a general rule, the ingredients fill to the brim one of your soup bowls + the onion. With this soup you can add a bit of more honey if you want a really sweet soup. Additionally, if you would like a bit of a creamer flavour, add a little butter. Only a little mind, as you can really taste the butter and nothing else if you put in too much. As always, on the second occasion making the soup, vary the proportions to get a mix you prefer.
Sweat the onions in the olive oil, as before, etc. Pour in the stock and add the chopped pumpkin, carrot, celery and honey. Simmer till soft, 10 mins or so. Liquidise.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Gek is up and painting. Work on the apartment is still not finished but is ready to receive it's first guests as well as providing a studio for Gek. Actually, it is more a restoration than a refurbishment. You never know, Relau Indah Condo might become a heritage site in the distant future. It does have some unique features.
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Thursday, December 02, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Amazing how messy the creative process can be. Or rather, making the creation into a success. Given Mark's character, it is even more amazing that he recognised the ideas value. Or did he? Anyway, the time flew by, so 4/5 for a gripping effort at recording recent history.
Monday, November 08, 2010
A very interesting mixture of fact and fiction - a life of a British colonialist during the 1950 Emergency. Made more interesting by the endorsements of senior British officials at the time Frederick is writing about, and references to historical figures such as John Davies and Chin Peng. A Cannot-put-down-read and a very filmic book, given the interesting sex life of the main character, Ferdach.
At a different nest this time. Not sure but I think it is a Grey Headed Sea eagle. the nest is further away than before This time there are 2 chicks which can just about be made out in this photograph. By the size and colour of the chick, they were days old when the photo was taken on the 30/10/10.
Friday, November 05, 2010
With just shy of 300 steps, Jacab's Ladder is not the easier way to get into the park. But we did it munching on an ice cream. Easy peasy.
The botanic garden part of the park is sectioned into flora from all parts of the state. This is the Boab tree , a prized specimen in the park. These trees can live for over 1500 years and may have an ancestry stretching back 65 million years. Makes humans look like fly by nighters.
The double helix tower is a fitting sculpture for the park, given the diversity and difference of the life here.
The second day in Perth was my 64th. Opened my present from Sock Hoon and enjoyed a cup of Fremantle coffee before,
having a full English breakfast at the London Court Cafe. That I enjoyed. Real bacon and eggs. The whole thing.
After breakfast, drove to Fremantle to drop off the hire car and return to Perth on a river cruise.
Another accomodation triumph. We travelled back to Perth from Albany in one day, taking 6 hours to cover the 400 + km. A good driving road which you have to yourself most of the time. Gek enjoyed to the max bowling along!! And another room with a view. New Esplanade Hotel over looking the Swan River.
Window view. The tower houses the St Martin in the Field's bells that were gifted to Perth by St Martin's on the city's bi-centennial. A surreal experience hearing the bells as you step on to the boat quay.