Friday, July 18, 2014

Tour de France – Quantum of Solace stands at Zero

With temperatures hovering at 40c (104F) racers try to cool down after crossing the finish line.tdffafterrace During the race you seek solace in any form.tdffcoolingoff

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tour de France – Picture Postcard Day

En-route south from Bourg-en-Bresse to Saint Etienne, Located near the French  - Swiss / Italian  borders at the western base of the Jura mountains.tdffbeauty

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tour de France – Post Rest Day

With the early exit of the “Top” names in Professional Cycling and various others pulling out of the Tour in pursuit of personal goals, we are left with an uninspired peloton.  Despite the efforts of; Tour organizers and various interested factions .. This Tour has lost its Panache ….

A rider questioning where his wages will come from (? your name here)tdffsponserx 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Tour de France–“Rest Day” Anticipation

Rest Days are anything but Restful .. A full agenda faces all connected with the Le Tour ..

A mixture of; Rumors, Conjecture,  Facts and Fiction.

The worlds Press work every available angle to dig dirt and inside stories. 

I anticipate an interesting story surrounding Condador’s crash and broken bike frame.  A cause or result ??tdffacbike  By Caley Fretz Published Jul. 14, 2014:  “Contador’s bike broke in the lower third of his down tube and on the top tube just in front of his seat tube. Both tubes were broken clean through, with just a few fibers holding the two pieces of the frame together.”

Tour de France --- Major Departure

Stage 10 claims Alberto Contador, crashing and sustaining a severe knee injury. Now the top two contenders, Froome and Contador,  for this years Yellow Jersey  have crashed out!imageimage  Tomorrow is a “Rest Day”. .. Much speculation and strategy changes will abound .. We now have the potential for a Wide Open race.  Many will endeavor to gain their stripes.  I cannot remember a TdF with so many major contender losses in the first 10 days. 

Can Vincenzo Nibali, 2014 Italian champion and 2013 Giro d’Italia winner,  take the 2014 TdF ? .. Seen here wearing the Magli Rosa in 2013..


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Tour de France – Profile of a “Ballbuster”

Stages 9 and10 .. Pictorial definition of a: “Ballbuster” … All in a days’ work for the Pro Rider.  Stage 10 on: La Fête Nationale (Bastille Day, July 14th.)tdff4image  "The Storming of the Bastille" by Jean-Pierre-Louis-Laurent Houel, the arrest of: Bernard René Jourdan, m de Launay (1740-1789)tdffart

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Tour de France … What is Road-Rash???? + Update

Last Years winner, Chris Froome lands in France, HARD !tdff1  Road-Rash .. When the moving meets the unyielding roadtdff2 Chris took this fall on Stage 4. Next day ,on the wet and treacherous roads of stage 5, Chris would crash two more times and had to abandon the race.tdff3

Sunday, July 06, 2014

2014 Tour de France–UK stages

This news feed picture conveys the sensation of a road race: ( Haworth, West Yorkshire)tdfuk1   Best Route Map: (stage 1)tdfuk2  Team Lotto-Belisol, reconnoiter the road ahead:…. abroad in the Yorkshire moorstdfuk3  Lotto-Belisol .. 2014 TdF team:
Lars Bak (DEN)
Bart De Clercq (BEL)
Tony Gallopin (FRA)
Andre Greipel (GER)
Adam Hansen (AUS)
Greg Henderson (NZL)
Jurgen Roelandts (BEL)
Marcel Sieberg (GER)
Jurgen Van den Broeck (BEL)


Friday, June 27, 2014

Selecting some tea

After breakfast, Jean decided she needed more tea and new tea-bowl:


Thursday, June 12, 2014

New Tea-Master apprenticeship programme

Jean sets-up her Teapot and other essentials. At 15 months, her acuity for understanding the process steps along with the names of the tools is simply amazing. Her absolute fascination and sheer joy when we brew tea makes the experience so much better:….

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Sunday, June 08, 2014

From project remnants’ comes a new purpose

Hopefully the sum of the parts will indeed be greater. Parts dry from finishing.jss1 (1024x961)

Looking like? not sure at this point.jss2 (1024x731) After assembly they look purpose builtjss3 (1024x427) Sword holders, one in the Tea room the other in the side hallwayjss4 (1024x460)

Monday, June 02, 2014

Inspiration and Opportunity

In this case “opportunity” comes from being back in the US .. having the wherewithal to hand .. Sprinkle in a; need, mix with inspiration add perspiration and we have a completed project.

Need: .. a convenient place to have Tea Tools at hand. Tea Scoop, Tongs, Table Brush

Inspiration:  Chinese Calligraphy Brush Holder and Japanese Tokii Gatewayimageimage        The key purpose of a “Torii Gate” is to delineate the entrance to a sacred space.

One to One layout of my; “Hachiman-Kasuga Torii”…. and some process steps:

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The Tea Table arch is completetg2 (1024x614)tg3 (1024x775)The second (larger) arch hold brushes


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

BBQ down town Dongguan

Monday, late afternoon the torrential rains let up. So after work we went out with A-Fen’s family for “All-you can-eat BBQ” .. 60 RMB each.


Friday, May 02, 2014

A main artery gets a massive upgrade … Update

Chang Ping town. The old 4 lane road over the river is gone .. a massive new road bridge is underwaynr1 (1024x510)nr2 (1024x521)nr3 (1024x538) Artist projection of finish build:…artproj1 (1024x503)

UPDATE:   What happens after torrential downpours:…..washout1 (1024x546)

Monday, April 28, 2014

Relaxing with a friend

Sunday morning required a quick emergency trip to Hong Kong .. that over and being in ShenZhen, we visited one of Jing’s friends home .. our session finished-off with some very expensive “Aged TGY”st1 (1024x650)