Friday, 29 May 2015

We Were Off Early,

for a days fishing,

 arriving at the fishing park,

 we were meet with blue skies,

 and hardly a breeze, it was going to be a hot day,

 on the other side of the lake one of the many lotus was in flower,

 all settled down it was a waiting game,

 we were with Nick and Maureen as usual,

 after some time one of the lakes cats joined us,

 which was strange,

  as they do not normally appear until we have caught a fish and it is cooked,

but today they arrived before we had caught a thing,

 I wandered over to the main building to see how the kitten was,

 and was surprised to see two of them, I had thought there was only one,

 the second one definitely the runt of the litter, it was very unsteady on it's pins,

 unusual only one dragonfly hovering around today,

 the fishing was very slow, just a few bites all day, then just before we made a move for home I managed to catch one, a keeper so we took it home with us as it was too late to cook it at the lake, that is the way the day ended 1-0 to me,

 if you want to fish here, it is the Mamak fishing park, their map above, it is off of Soi Nub Plan Wan, (spelt as it sounds), turn into the Soi from Sumkivitt, 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 the road the fishing park is in on the right hand side, almost opposite the big pink building on the left, follow that for a while, it twists and turns a bit and the fishing park is on the left next to a soccer ground, there are rods and tackle for hire and bait to buy, plus a fridge full of beer!

 we arrived back at Nick and Maureen's home,

 the bananas that were on the plant on our last visit had been cut down as they were ripe,

 just outside of their home a flame tree, (Delonix regia),

 was putting on a good show,

 the upper branches,

 a riot of reds and orange colours,

 it was almost impossible to make out the individual blooms,

 we sat outside eating a snack of vegetable spring rolls, then on to our evening meal,

Nick had cooked a delicious Indian curry,

 so it was eyes down and tuck in, we followed the meal with cheese and biscuits and an ice cream for Diana.

then the serious part of the evening, I had such good fortune, a couple of times I said a number out loud and against all odds the number came up, the result of which was that I won almost in record time, we past the evening chatting away then after thanking Nick and Maureen for their hospitality we made a move for home,

so it was feet up for a vodka soda or three as we watch another episode of Boardwalk Empire which was excellent then for us we were off to bed.

When I First Looked,

at this picture,

 I thought it was made up,

 well basically it was,

but could this be the tow-able, put anywhere home of the future?

it is the Ecocapsules, designed by Bratislava-based Nice Architects, who in their product promise to let anyone live off the grid for up to a year, each unit is equipped with solar panels, a retractable wind-turbine, and a design that captures rain water, inside, you’ll find a kitchenette with running water, a flushing toilet, and hot shower, those interested in buying one will be able to pre-order at the end of 2015, with delivery in the first half of 2016, a display unit will be show during the Pioneers festival in Vienna on the 28th-29th of May, which I know is a bit late but I only read the article today, I wonder if we will see Ade in Britain towing one of these in the future?

I Guess We Have All Seen Executive Toys,

most of which do not actually do anything,

 but here is one that is useful, 

this device is capable of downloading information about upcoming weather off the Internet, which it then translates into a variety of modes to replicate sunshine, clouds, rain, and even lighting, so without leaving your desk or looking on the Internet you can see exactly what the weather outside is doing,

the Tempescope is a novel device designed by Ken Kawamoto that displays the upcoming forecast by simulating weather conditions inside a small translucent box,

Kawamoto made an early version of the device available as a free open-source project called OpenTempescope so you can try building your own, but a consumer version is planned for Kickstarter later this year, just a thought, I wonder if you can program it to show the weather of where you might be going later in the day?

Having Just Seen The Unsteady Kitten,

at the park yesterday,

I just had to post this cute GIF of kittens at play in a few boxes,

this is the full video where you can watch the Japanese cat Taro and his friends enjoy what ordinary boxes can offer, so all that is needed for this bit of fun is 20 or so boxes and 6 or so kittens, then lights, action, camera!

One Thing I Often Notice In Films,

is that most if not all bus shelters,

 have been vandalised in some way,

 but in some places these shelters are given new status,

by local authorities giving unknown artists the job of beautifying the landscape,

 these bus shelters are examples of this initiative in Belarus,

the pictures taken by photographer Alexandra Soldatova, the project titled "It Must Be Beautiful" is about decorating reality, Soldatova says, "In Belarus, my home country, people love when everything looks neat, clean and beautiful, I decided to search for origins of this fact, so I researched the environment where people normally live and I was looking for rather outstanding and at the same time very common things which could influence the esthetic feeling of a person." I hope this idea caches on elsewhere.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Straight on to Today's Post,

as we are out early fishing today,

we had a quiet day, so we did not take any photographs, but in the afternoon Mick called round for a tea and a chat, after we said our good byes the electrician called by and started pulling the lights out of the ceiling, eventually the four light that were working before I replaced the fifth one that caused the problem were all working again, replacing the fifth produced the same result as I did, a flash and a bang and we were back with no lights, as we are fishing today he will call back on Friday, I did in fact go out to the hospital for my yearly eye check, great news no problems all the same as last year, back home and after our evening meal we watched The Chase followed by two from Ripper Street and two from Boardwalk Empire and with that we were off to bed.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

As We Are Going Fishing,

later in the week,

a quick stop at the fishing tackle shop on Thepprasit Road, it is on the same side as the petrol stations about 200 yards before them if you are going towards the Sukhumvit Road,

 next stop park the bike behind TukCom,

 we both had a look around the store, but we could not resist an ice tea for Diana and ice coffee for myself,

 whilst they were being prepared I noticed one of the stalls selling durians, they are now in season, in passing I have tried them 3 times, and I have to say they are not to my taste, but out here they are undeniably popular,

drinks ready and we were on our way home,

after our evening meal we watched two more from Ripper Street, the started the fifth series of Broadwalk Empire, for us a thoroughly watchable and entertaining series, next, we were off to bed.