On a recent trip to Morocco my wife and I had a whistlestop tour covering 2209km in a week in our hired Peugeot 306. ¬†Arriving on Saturday evening at Marrakech airport we had a lengthy wait while the AVIS rep kept assuring us that our car would be ready in 10 minutes; finally 2 hours later and somewhat frustrated we had our trusty Peugeot and headed out into the madness that is Saturday night Marrakech traffic. ¬†After a couple of detours and a few raised voices we found our guesthouse (http://www.darsouihla.fr)¬†on the…
A second days birdwatching in Hong Kong started early.¬† The meeting point for the ferry to Po Toi Island was at Aberdeen on the opposite side of the Hong Kong Island from my hotel - I had worked out the bus No. and approximate meeting place from the HKBWS website, but as everything here is so hectic I wanted to leave some spare time to find the meeting point.¬† My strategy was to get to the Aberdeen harbour and simply walk up and down looking for a group of people sporting binoculars and cameras - my strategy…
In Hong Kong on business with the weekend off¬†it was a¬†good excuse to do some birdwatching.¬† With Ian telling me that there were no birds to see in Hong Kong I looked out my book¬† 'where to see birds in the worlds cities' to see what the options were.¬† I wanted to go to the Mai Po marshes but a permit was needed and I didn't have one, my book indicated that the Hong Kong Wetland Park was a good bet.¬† I arrived around lunchtime and¬†wandered around until closing at 5pm.¬†¬†The temperatures were topping 35 degrees C…

Sep 6th by lencroney under Travels, my Friends travels

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All done on cheap gear!

¬† A quiet week in Brittany marked by a visit to a chocolate factory, Bowmore at less than ¬£20.00 a bottle, oh, and I caught a fish!¬† For the technically minded it was on pellet with a size 4 hook and lead core ledger, 30lbs monofilament line, a very cheap rod and cheaper reel, (¬£15 new, and it was far from new).¬† The rod was a 2.5 lbs test bend Carp rod.¬†¬† Landing took half an hour, when these things want to run, you let them run.…
As some of you know I take my annual holidays in Lochaline, I usually have to explain where that is, the Morven peninsula, it is on the mainland where you get the shortest car ferry to Mull. There is also a passenger ferry from Drimnin that runs twice a week and is skippered by the lifeboat Coxswain, so you are in good hands.¬† visit ¬†http://www.west-scotland-tourism.com/ardnamurchan-charters/Drimnin-Ferry.html see¬† picture of three known to me ladies, looking like they are going shopping by boat.¬† Well they were and we found Tobermory looking less than prosperous, no butcher, the business in the old church,…
On the 22 of May at about 7.30 am I was on spot to do my Osprey watch, I am expecting to see chick feeding as i reckon the eggs should have hatched as she was sitting from the 10 of April, and perhaps a few days before. Well she was sitting and he was perched nearby and not a lot was happening except she moved off the cup a few times. On one occasion when off, she picked up a fish from the nest edge, fed herself and once or twice bent into the nest cup, that to me…
Finally I have added a post to Ian‚Äôs site.¬† ¬† I do have some good photos but as for great, I am not so sure.¬† As a beginner to DSLR photography I am still finding my way and experimenting; after a year there are still many functions on my camera that I have no idea what they do, and many of my photos are down to luck.¬† As a beginner to photography I have probably chosen the most difficult subjects ‚Äď wildlife and in particular our avian friends. Two weekends ago myself, my wife and two of…
Just had a great week in Cornwall with our friends. Cornwall for those who have not visited the county, is different, different in speech, different in topography, different in many subtle ways. Building for instance, the older roofs are built differently, no sarking, but across the roof joists¬† are purlions (i'm guessing here) and the slates (from Cornwall) are lime mortared on. It would appear to be a measure of coping with the different slate depths, the mortar evens it out, least they don't rattle as mine do in a storm. It was the walls I wanted…
Lochaline at the shortest ferry trip to Mull is virtually at a dead end road, if you're not going to Mull or the dwelling place of a few houses at Drimnin, then you need to turn back. Morven is the peninsula you are on but it feels like an island, I guess it comes from crossing on the Corran ferry and at Lochaline you have the sea meeting you. We are lucky enough to "be invited" to a converted church where in most years the majority of my wife's family congregate. In some years it's me the missus and her…
Our, not design and build,¬† A7 project is nearing completion, and I have to do falling weight defectometer (FWD) top of base and top of binder for designer validation. The design is HD 26/01 and uses figure 2.2, so the design is material choice and thickness. Not stiffness, so how does the designer validate his design? and how does he validate his design on a part built pavement that generally is still warm, but below 30 degrees C? It also occurred to my "catch up brain", that the temp is recorded by drilling into the pavement to 100mm. I do…
Just driven about 700 miles, 350 with a falling weight defectometer trailer in tow, it weighs 1.4 tonnes and my L 200 returned 25 MPG at a generally obedient 60 MPH. The return trip was foot down at 70 min apart from congestion on the M5 and M6 and returned 26.6 MPG. It is a long time since I drove so many miles in one day, isn't red bull wonderful. Anyway the point of the post is to say how fantastic a Tom Tom One is, I did this journey last year without a GPS device and stayed in various…
In 1997 my son and I took our Mercedes 408 camper van on a trip through Nth Ireland and Eire. That was the first year the ferry ran from Campbelltown to Ballycastle, we parked on the Campbelltown pier, nice and flat, and near the chippy and cinema. Handy to pee on a slipway down into the harbour, but not in the morning after the tide had been in and it was a bit slippery, for Neil cos he ended up in the harbour! I heard a shout and plop rushed over to see Neil swimming to a ladder and me…

My wife and I visited Seattle in September 2007 as part of a mini tour of the USA’s Pacific North West. We found it a very interesting city and from a photographic point of view it is something very special.

We stayed 5 nights at the Best Western Plaza by the Green Hotel in Kent, to the south of the city. Although still very much within the sprawl of Seattle the hotel was around 30 minutes drive from the centre. Travelling around was fairly easy with the Interstate 5 running north/south through the city linking all the main attractions.

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I worked in the Egyptian desert, it's western desert, as an inspector of civil works. The whole trip was an experience particularly Cairo. I know cities can sprawl, but Cairo when flying over it in a small plane is huge!! Anyway to the desert, the company I worked for, was, from memory Solus engineering and the guys i worked with were all brits, so we stuck together. Americans were there of course and that multi-national company Schlumberger. Anyway to the point of the blog, El Alamein, amongst our group were two pot smokers,¬† plus me and a scouscer boiler maker…
Sent by Wimpey Asphalt to set up a post as technical manager, I arrived in Hong Kong, the MD immediately set about me with beer and the need to stay. I was resolute having been an expat I had to measure up the place. It did not measure up, plus for the first time in my life I had jet lag!! When you lie awake in the middle of the night having had a belly full of beer you know you are in trouble. So what of Hong Kong? Great for shopping, terrible for driving, most cars are automatic, because…
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