Shropshire 2014

It’s February…so it must be Shrophire!

Having had a lovely break there this time two years ago, it was great to join my friends Dr. Bones and Revd. A (not forgetting Boots the Canine-in-Chief) for a few days at Henley Cottage.

It was the location for the BBC television programme, ‘The Victorian Farm’, and has been left as the film makers left it, i.e. with no electricity or running water (although there is a flush toilet and swanky shower unit in the shed at the bottom of the garden).

The three humans in the party are avid readers, and as paraffin lamps and candles are very hard on the eye we all cheated. Revd. A read by the light of a head torch….

Dr B and I had our trusty eReaders.

‘Barbarous pursuits’ (thank you Mr. Christopher Stockdale) included buying pheasants in the feather…

…and some wet and muddy walks. This one, up to ‘Flounder’s Folly’ was made even worse by the small JCB that had churned up the path.

It’s an interesting little tower….

….and the views are lovely.

We also had a trip to Much Wenlock, which was closed, due to half-day closing on a Wednesday. I’m rather cheered when I find somewhere in the UK (it’s usually the outer reaches of Scotland) that still observes half-day closing. Hurrah for the 1911 Shops Act!

The church was open, and we came across this rabbit in vestments.

I wonder if he or she (this being CofE) has a full set to match the liturgical calendar?

It was all far too strenuous, and poor Dr. B retired hurt…

…Boots stole most of the bed.

Cornwall 2012 – seen in Flushing

Flushing is a delightful little place. It was very foggy, so the place was curiously silent.

I was intrigued by this little door…

…with good reason.

There were all sorts of interesting things…signs…

…fish…

…window boxes…

…cottages…

…window displays…

…and swans.

We came back a couple of days later, and found out that Falmouth was opposite! Dr Bones was rather shocked.

Cornwall 2012 – Marble Arch, Padstow

I took a wrong turning on my way to Padstow church, and was directed through this little alley.

I can’t find anything about its history on the Internet, which a shame…

….as I’m intrigued by this cottage…

…and its sign.

If anyone knows anything, please let me know.

Cornwall 2012 – Mylor Harbour

At Mylor Harbour there’s a yacht club (with a rather nice cafe). I was very interested in this boat cradle.

Much to my delight, we saw a yacht being lifted up…

…up…

…up…

…and out of the water.

I’m not sure what the tractor was there for, as it drove away soon after…

…showing the yacht in all its glory.

This was what it was all about, time for a clean up!

Cornwall 2012 – Falmouth

Dr Bones, Boots and I are just back from a week in Cornwall. We stayed in a lovely cottage in Mylor Bridge.

The day we arrived was overcast, but we made our way to the beach at Falmouth. It was wonderful to see the sea again.

It was Boots’ first encounter with sea, and he wasn’t too impressed.

I don’t think this little chap was either!

This labrador loved the sea though 🙂

We then had a quick trip to the castle

…followed by a modest ice-cream.

Burgundy 2012

Earlier this month we had a lovely week in Burgundy.

It was three years since we’d last visited, and it was lovely. We went to some of our favourite places; some new places; had some nice meals; drank some good wine…

…and saw some old friends :-).

The thing was to spend time with AndrĂ© and Christopher in Moulins-Englibert.

I can’t put it into words, but it’s a very special place.

Wonderful Wales

OK…I admit it.

I’ve been very rude about Wales in the past…
…but it really is lovely.
I can’t wait to go back.

Thean Hou Temple

On my first full day in KL, Yuleng and I went to the Thean Hou buddist temple.

As you can see it’s Chinese in style…
…with beautiful detail.
Worshippers buy one of these beautiful, lotus shaped candles…
…then kneel and pray in front of…
…the goddess.
Here is Yuleng reading her fortune. You stir the sticks around, and then choose one. The stick has a number on it – which corresponds to a drawer. In the appropriate drawer is a slip of paper with your fortune written on it.
At the back of the temple is a turtle pond. It’s very restful watching them swim around.

Fresh Coconut

Have I mentioned how yummy fresh coconut is? The straw is to drink the (clear) milk, and the spoon is to eat the flesh.
Yum, yum and indeed yum.

An Evening out in KL

At the moment I’m in Kuala Lumpur (KL). Adam is busy at a conference, while I have the chance to meet up with an old friend from college, Yuleng. She’s an absolute sweetheart, so it’s great to spend some time with her, and have a really good, local introduction to the city.

On our first night, she took us to a ‘hawker market’, for some authentic, Malay Chinese food.
In the evenings, little stalls are set up in a car park, with little portable generators to power the signs…
…and gas canisters to power their stonking burners (that said, there isn’t any mains gas in KL, so the gas canister is rather iconic).
We loved this guy, who was filling veg and wraps with a fish paste (which where then deep fried). He was incredibly fast and skilled.
This chap is preparing a local delicacy, squid with spinach.
here’s the poor chap dealing with the dirty dishes. Don’t worry, he’s not washing up, just rinsing. The clean dishes came from somewhere else.
On the way back to the car, I spotted this night club (I had to take a snap to show our friend Beryl)…
…and a little traditional house, in amongst the high rises. The house is on stilts to keep things cooler (and so there’s somewhere for the chickens to go).