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Friday, January 15, 2010


I have been getting slightly "stir crazy", not able to get out on two wheels since Christmas. Riding on ice and snow is OK if done carefully, but it is other road users of whom one needs to be in fear. However most roads are now ice-free, so some fresh air called. If nothing else, the image proves that I am not just a fair weather rider (even if my blog's header image suggests otherwise).

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


I have always been impressed by Pohangina Pete's blog with his ability to post large images. I asked him how he did it and he was most generous with his time and advice (a natural teacher, is Pete).
So now I can manage large images too......thanks to Pete.

Friday, January 01, 2010


Lined coat, warm cap and felt slippers,
In the little tower, at the low window,
Sitting over the sunken brazier.
Body at rest, heart at peace; no need to rise early.
I wonder if the courtiers at the Western Capital know of these things or not?
                                                                                                           Po Chü-I (772 – 846)
Congratulating himself on the comforts of life after his retirement from office. (c844)
(Arthur Waley translation)
These lines, I have always felt, convey absolute comfort and contentment. (my feelings when taking early retirement!).
I dedicate them to you all as a wish for the coming year.