Friday, 28 October 2016

We Were Up Early,

and off to go fishing,

with Nick and Maureen, it had been raining during the night, but thankfully stopped when we arrived at the lake,

 having said that the sky looked ominous,

first fish of the day to Nick, 

 a catfish, commonly called a walking catfish, (Clarias batrachus), as it does 'walk' in wet conditions to find new pools, it is an invasive species but is commercially farmed in Thailand,

 a rumble of thunder in the distance as more clouds came our way,

 but it did not worry us, by now Nick had a lead of 6-3, 

 another one for myself to make it 6-4 to Nick,

 and here is one we caught earlier, 

 I had now gained a comfortable lead over Nick, so he changed tactics and went for the big ones,

 but as I said, 'it still only counts as one!', 

 it was a big fish and took some time to land,

 meanwhile I continued to catch smaller fish for us to take home for the kittens,

 Nick caught a second huge fish, 

and here is a video that Diana made of it, then it was time to reckon the score, I have to say it, I won by a considerable margin, but here is the strange thing, I had tied some hooks the night before, so we were both using exactly the same hooks, hook line and bait, if you fancy a day out the Paifon Fishing Park is off of Soi Nub Plan Wan, (spelt as it sounds), turn into the Soi from Sukhumvitt, once in the Soi go over the railway crossing and continue for a couple of miles, the road starts to go downhill, near the bottom of it you will see a big pink building on the left where we normally turn right into the old fishing park, do not turn right, keep going until you see Soi 24 and turn right, there is a 7-11 on the corner, continue for about a mile it is past Soi 14, the concrete road comes to a strange cross road, 

take the one with the sign on it and the park is on the right hand side,

  after fishing we popped into Kick and Maureen's for coffee and cake,  

 behind the pool a banana was flowering, 

so in a few weeks fresh home grown bananas to snack on,then after thanking them made a move for home, 

after our evening meal Barry called by for a glass or two and a chat, after saying our goodbyes it was feet up for some more of the excellent 3rd Rock From The Sun, we had an early night, at about 11.30 we were off to bed.

At First Glance,

these pots do not seem anything out of the ordinary,

 as yet undecorated, but the modelling tool may give a clue,

 all of these pots are miniatures, made by Jon Almeda

and I mean miniature as in really small,

 some people are so talented, it is difficult enough trying to throw a normal sized pot, it is beyond me how these works of art are made,

 Jon is also a miniature model builder, here is a 1/12th replica of a kiln and ceramic wheel he created for use by an architect,

if like I do, you find that watching a potter at his craft, he has a number of videos on his Instagram page, grab a coffee and enjoy watching them as I did.

A Villain Has Appeared Again In Barlborough, Derbyshire,

Adam Ward was on his way to work in Barlborough on Monday morning,

when he saw the broken broom, its brush had been spiked into the grass,

worryingly this is the third reported incident in 15 months of this type of offence,

broom owners are now looking at each other wondering who the broom breaker is, worse still is the Eyam broom-snapper of summer 2015 is up to his/her dirty old tricks again? so advice for broom owners in the area, lock up your brooms!

In The USA They Are Called Flashlights,

in the UK we call them torches,

well this is the torch to have, not only is it a light source at it's highest of three settings it produces so much heat it can be used as a torch and light paper,

even more amazingly it can be use with a mini saucepan to cook eggs! the FlashTorch Mini is the equivalent of 100 incandescent light bulbs or a hall-sized video projector, at 8.5 inches long and weighing just 0.85 pounds, it is easy to carry around in a backpack, or even a large pocket, at maximum power, its lithium-ion battery allegedly lasts an hour, while at the lowest intensity, battery life reaches 100 minutes, the battery pack recharges without removing it from the case, with an included charger, the Flash Torch Mini sells for around $200 and no I am not on commission, but if I were an outdoor type I would not leave home without one of these.

A Great Way,

to use a building that has seen better days,

 use it as a canvas for your work,

 which is what Barcelona-based artist Pejac did when he was recently in Rijeka, Croatia,

this is one of a number of new artworks as part of a residency with the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

the idea is so simple, paint a boy with a catapult and use the broken panes of the windows to shape the birds, but I would never have thought of using the windows of an abandoned power plant as my canvas, let us hope that others do not think it is an abandoned building and destroy Pejac's unique piece of art, You can see more of his work in Croatia at Arrested Motion.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

There Is Only One Post Today,

as there are lots of pictures and we are going fishing,

 first stop the hospital for my now 3 monthly check up,

 I did go every two months, but from my last visit it is now every 3 months,

 blood sample taken, heart rate 140 over 67 at 77 beats a minute, a slight weight loss at 77.2 kilograms, next stop breakfast, in LK Metro

 at Kilkenny,

 I sat at the front of the bar looking across the street at the Bilabong,

inside the bar it is nicely laid out,

 whilst waiting,

 I took a few pictures,

 of some of the early morning mobile stalls that drove past,

 this one had so many goods for sale you almost could not see the motorcycle, 

 a couple of sales and he was on his way,

 breakfast arrived, not in the picture an orange juice, all for a very reasonable 145 baht, I have over the years that I have been coming here every two months for my check up tried all of the early morning restaurants that are open in Soi Bukaow and this, Kilkenny's, is by far and away the best value for money and quality,

 I had some time to kill as it takes an hour for the results of the blood-work to be available,

 so I took a few more pictures,

 of the mobile stalls,

 going past, then back to the hospital for the blood-work results and consultation, all was well, blood sugar a tad high at 130 but the fact that my HbA1c was at 5.4 meant that the slightly high figure was not a worry,

 so off home to find the kittens,

 running up the doors,

 and down again,

 we then popped out for a little shopping at the market opposite the temple on Pattaya Tai,

 and a ice tea and coffee on the way back, 

 arriving back I had a catnap on the sofa, as did Mariana on my leg,

 then there was a mighty crash,

 as a rainstorm hit town,

 it chucked it down,

 the kittens came running to us on the sofa,

 I decided to take a couple of pictures of their fur, 

 although it does not look it here,

 all of them seem to have a metallic sheen in their hairs, the storm continued, 

 that was a loud one, 

 no it was not,

 yes it was! 

 in a break in the rain I went outside,

 as usual the drains could not with the rain,

 but at least it was not as bad as usual,

 the good news is that we are slightly uphill,

 and do not live at the lower end of the street,

 we were going to go out to a restaurant, but due to the flooding decided to eat indoors, 

 so a glass of medicinal red wine,

 and it was eyes down and tuck in to an Indian meal,

before our dessert I took a couple of pictures of the fish in the aquarium, this one a red tailed black shark, (Epalzeorhynchos bicolor also known as Labeo bicolor), it is a native of Thailand,

 I still have not found the name of this one,  

 Diana asked me what my favourite fish in the aquarium was, well this is it, a male bleeding heart tetra, (Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma), the picture does not do him justice, 

 we also have three females, 

 and here he is with them,

for Diana this is her favourite, the Red Lined Torpedo Barb or the Rose Line Shark, (Sahyadria denisonii),

 then a real treat, 

 a home made toffee and apple Crêpe Suzette, 

 when I say home made Diana made not only the Crêpes themselves,

 but also made the toffee that she put in a plastic bag along with a bag of cream to put over them, I use the word often, delicious, and they were!

 someone could smell the cream,

 then it was play time for the kittens,

 Diana had put new feathers on one of their toys,

 which they enjoyed,  

 whilst all of the playing was going on,

 we decided to weigh them,

 lightest and youngest, Mariana at 1.7 kilograms,

 Hogue weigh in at 2.6 kilos,

 whilst the heaviest, Cable, tipped the scales at 3.1 kilos, 

 they continued playing for a few hours, 

 then it was time for door climbing,


 I also took a couple more pictures,

 of their coats, 

 then a bit of fun, we have often heard that cats do not like being surprised by cucumbers,

like these ones,

so we tried it with our kittens,

 to get over that it was door climbing time again,

 which they all seem to excel at,

 the problem is reaching the top,

 we then get the 'help get me down' look, we listen to music for the rest of the evening then well past the midnight hour we were all off to bed.