Sunday, October 02, 2016

A Quick Study

Dominos while the water comes to the boil.IMG_8268

Monday, August 15, 2016

A Silver lining in Rio

Mark Cavendish wins silver medal in Rio Olympics cycling omnium event.cav rio 2016 s

Cav with this son.cav son 2016

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Tea mate on 13th. Aug.2016

Early morning, sun is up and Jean is helping with the 2nd. infusion.jj3jj5

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Cav takes win #4

Brilliant timing combined with raw power & speed ….

No place for Whiners !!! (Marcel Kittel Etixx-Quick Step, gets 5th. place)Cavgets4Mark Cavendish gets his 30th career Tour de France stage victory.Cavgets#4

Sunday, July 10, 2016

A nice place to Pedal for a living

Winding through the Pyrenees from: Vielha Val d’Aron to the Andorra ski station in Arcolis.


Saturday, July 09, 2016

Nothing Short of: Exciting last 15km, Froome explodes

Stage 8: Chris Froome wins with panache: An audacious attack on descent of Col de Peyresourde.……. Now he is in YELLOW !!!Team-Sky uphillfroomewinfroomeyellow

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Three is a Charm .. Cav., 3rd Stage win !!!


Stage 6 2016:       The race from Arpajon-sur-Cère to Montauban was destined to be a sprint finish.onthelineCycling: 103th Tour de France 2016 / Stage 6Cavendish now holds the second-most stage wins in Tour history, behind Eddy Merckx. Mark also snagged the lead in the points classification, to hold the green jersey.

Monday, July 04, 2016

J & J brew some Tea … July 4th. 2016

As we await a sprint finish on Stage 3 of the Tour, Jean heads for the Tea-Table…  Fingers workIMG_6927IMG_6931IMG_6933

Stage 3 .. another Win for Cav

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Sunday, July 03, 2016

Just for a Day .. But what a day!!

TdeF 2016 .. Mark Cavendish in YELLOW

Stage 1 winner and Race Leader: .. Well deserved ……Cycling: 103th Tour de France 2016 / Stage 1cav yellow

Monday, April 25, 2016

Buckets O' Fun

Croquet and Lawn Bowling ..passé.. Lawn Dice are hot

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Eras End

Nostalgic reflections about Steam Trains and days of yesteryear:
(Pictures thx to China media:)
Modern locomotive power displaces steam locomotives as they gradually fade into history.
China's Liaoning province, the last few steamed trains will be out of service in June, ending an "Age of Steam"
 A final check before we "Engage"
A stoker's job is relentless, the Engineer enjoys an iPhone moment.

As in most places, steam fuels the tourist industry and small local branch-lines still can be found. 
An old passenger steam train chugs through the countryside near Jiayang, Sichuan province.

Monday, March 28, 2016

A Dicey Proposition

Lawn Dice: not your average dice set.
Custom; Solid Hardwood, 5 inch cubes. (1.96 lbs each)

As with all dice games you need a cup / tub to toss the dice: .. still in the build cycle, 1 of 2 .. traditionally the task of a "Cooper"
An alpha test run ...It's too heavy Papa:.... 6.76 lbs, that's with no dice !!!!
With dice:
Some of the building process: cutting Staves .. Angled - Tapered & Notched (the Croze) Made by reclaiming material from Jean's crib

Monday, March 14, 2016

"Make tea in the tea-room Papa."

Saturday morning .. early, Jean wants us to make tea: ...

A nice way to start any day....

Friday, March 11, 2016

Tea with Maw Broon (and pals)

Synonymous with "Oor Wullie" are "The Broons"

 Afternoon tea with Maw and her pals: ...
Pals, Tea and a Chinwag

 Serving only the "Best" 

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Oor Wullie turns 80

First ever Oor Wullie panel. 

Oor Wullie complains he never gets any fun, in the way of boys everywhere.
This panel was the first in the very first Oor Wullie story, on March 8, 1936.
Now celebrating his 80th anniversary,as the iconic character.
Spiky hair, wears dungarees and often sits on an upturned bucket to sum up his situation for us.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Snow Tea: .... and Trains

We got snow in Chang Ping town ( near Dongguan City, Guangdong pr.)

Interesting shot above the terraced Tea Gardens:... (China daily pic)

First signs of folks heading home for New Year family celebrations: ..

Thursday, January 21, 2016

If Only:..............

From London Telegraph: Thursday 21st. Jan 2016

Next day Friday 22nd.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015


Sharing some Taiwan High Mountain Oolong with Jing Wang