Tuesday, September 02, 2014

#614 Central Saint Martins

At Central Saint Martins for a week's course 100 Drawing Projects.

1st day had to draw a paint brush with the wrong end of (another) brush and my chair using a chair! (dipping the leg in a pot of ink).

#613 Paris

From Amsterdam to London via Paris.
Looked at various arty stuff; including a visit to one of France’s Ancient Monuments, the Panthéon which is being refurbished. While the work goes on an artist called JR has covered the place with giant photos of modern day people. Much nicer, in my opinion, than looking at paintings of old Romans in unfashionable togas.

Snapped another Selfie.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

#612 Bali 5.2

Bye Bye Bali

My last night with my Bali mates; Jamie & Wendy, Snowy, Dom (but no Yanin or Nina).

I cooked a Chilli and then made a Cardamon Panna Cotta for desert.
A big thanks for looking after me. x

To-day’s Kitchen Tip for Busy Cooks.
How to extract the meat from a fresh coconut.
Scrape it out with an old Bintang Beer bottle top.
(Only drawback is, you have to open a bottle first to get the top).


Dom gave me a mixed bag of lovely, fragrant, Balinese spices, I’m going to use some of them to make a Chilli Con Carne.

So I went to the Butcher’s Stall:
I didn’t buy the intestines- I didn’t buy the big gnarly bone.
You *might* be surprised to hear that the beef I did buy was excellent.
Start cooking!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

#611 Bali 4.2


Half way up an Indonesian mountain, overlooking rice fields and coconut trees. Lunching on Mexican food together with shots of Tequila.
Multi-cultural, that’s me :)

(No, I don’t know why we had to have the Tequila, perhaps it’s the local custom . . . . ?)

Fresh Coconut Water

Free Range Duck Eggs for Breakfast

Fabulous Villa

Flower offering.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

#610 Bali 3.2

Went on an amazing expedition to the fish market with Dom, Le Patron de Gaja Minah.
I bought a nice red Snapper and a small Yellow Fin Tuna which our man filleted into Sashimi ready slices. Total, just over 100,000 Indonesian Rupiah (about 7€).
(I didn’t buy the Shark).

I’ve moved down the beach, to the now empty Bob & Fiona’s Villa (just able to see the sea from my new bedroom).

I have the gaff to myself except for Putu the maid who comes in at 07:00 makes me a carrot & ginger juice and a smoothie for my breakfast, sweeps the floor, washes my shirts and then goes home.

It’s a mellow life.

Brought-in lunch  - €2 each (beer is extra).

Monday, August 04, 2014

#609 Bali - 2.2

At the moment I’m home-staying with Wendy & Jamie (my room top left in pic). We went shopping for curry ingredients and I cooked a chicken curry for my Bali friends.

Tomorrow it’s my mate Snowy’s turn (seen here rhs). We first met in 1956 when we were allocated the same desk on our first day of senior school. Time flies when you're having fun!

Taking Jamie and Wendy's Black Bali Pigs for a walk on the beach.
(this might be a first for me . . . . . . )

Saturday, August 02, 2014

#608 to Bali

12 hours AMS to Kuala Lumpa, then two and a half on to Bali.
Since then it's been food, food and more food:-)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

#607 Stockholm - København - Amsterdam

Refined the route. Starting Saturday 12th to 27th July (depending on the winds)

Stockholm-Arlanda - Strängnäs - Katrineholm - Tjällmo - Tranås - Skillingaryd - Ljungby - Astorp - (cross to Denmark) Skodsborg - Vordingborg - (then Germany) Oldenburg in H - Bokel - Ovelgönne - (into Holland) Bad Nieuweschans - Leeurwarden - Den Oever - Amsterdam (finish with a sprint up the Champs-Élysées).

Saturday to Strängnäs 96k 4:40 First 60k with a buckled back wheel but got it fixed thanks to Pelle at Cykelhornan in Enköping.

Sunday: Day 2 to Katrinehom 78k 3;32 Big tailwind.

Monday: Day 3 to Tjãllmo 82k 4:14 Very wet.

Tuesday: Day 4, head wind all day but a v nice ride anyway. 5+ hours, about 100km.
Hotel Alberg very nice.

Wednesday. Day 5. Bit of a battering, 115k in 6:28 huge headwind and tedious hills.

Day 6 89k 4:26. Much better day than yesterday, not so much of a wind and practically flat.
Day 7 to Åstorp 115k bit over 6 hours. Navigated with a map as my Garmin threw a tantrum. Last night in Sweden.
Day 8. A ride to the ferry and a 20 min crossing to Denmark. Met a cyclist called Jens who invited me to stop for tea. Them showed me the cannonball lodged on his wall fired by Nelspn's ships on 1807.

Then on, nearly to Copenhagen to stay with my friend Susanne Nielsen. Went to see the Da Vinchi Exhibition followed by ice cream. Here we are with Eric's Merc.

Sunday Stage 9. 112k to Votdingborg, spent half getting lost and half on one straight 60k road, not that scenic but OK for all that.

Monday Stage 10 
Last 60k in Denmark (some on tracks) then ferry to Germany. Another 30k to hotel.

Stage 11. Made good progress to Bokel 121k 5:58 (including some gravel roads) in fact 95% was ridden on dedicated cycle paths. They are well organised for cyclists in Germany. Last night's hotel smelt of feet, you could hear the people next door, the food was crap and I had to wait, while the staff carried on arguing, before being served. Tonight's is MUCH nicer. A glass or two of a nice Weißwein makes it even better :-)

Stage 12 What a day! Got lost. Got found. Crossed two rivers on two ferries. Went deep in the woods on grass tracks and even some cobbles. Took 6:47 to cover 136k ( longest so far) but actually 9 hours door to door. Knackered. No restaurant near this b&b so am microwaving a ready-meal box of Turkey & Potato - Luxury.

Day 13. Made it to Holland :-) 119k in 5:48. Went over a rickety rackety bridge, not as long as one I crossed a day or two ago. I'm coming to terms with my Garmin GPS. I've deleted the option - Follow Goat Tracks Where Possible. However, can't find an option for Do Not Use Spurious Diversions. (I bought a map so I hope not to be Garminated tomorrow.

Day 14. Woke up to; rain, cold, grey, grim. Not brave enough to ride for six hours soaking wet - so I took the train. On the plus side arrived in Leeuwarden and met up with the lad :-)

Day 15. Took the bus to little fishing port Harlingen Havn then rode over the Afsluitdijk  a dead flat, straight dyke that separates the IJsselmeer and the North Sea. It's 32 k and we whistled over in a straight 55 minutes. Today's total, 45k in a wind assisted 

Last night we stayed in the Orange Room of  b&b run by a couple of chaps. Tonight we are in Den Oever and a very arty b&b run by Ina an art teacher. Both seemed to have been teleported from the 1970's.

Day 16 to Amsterdam 82k stopped on Hoorn for a HUGE coffee. 
Jay escorted me for the last two days. Big Ups.
1440Km Job Done. :-)