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25 Jul

Hardraw Revisited

We took a day trip to Hardraw today – hopefully we’ll get to go camping there in a month or so.

Every time we go we always make a visit to see Hardraw Force; a single drop waterfall (the largest in England).

We took the oppurtunity to take a pic of Sue with Louis by the bandstand that they have there.

Here they are – I think there’s a six year time difference between the two.

Time Flies

Time Flies

The falls were looking good considering the dry weather we’ve been experiencing. There have been a few thunderstorms recently so that meant there was a decent volume of water. Here’s the falls:-

Hardraw Force

Hardraw Force

I was also the target of Louis’ affection today although I think it’s more likely that he thinks I’m a lollipop.

Louis and his lollipop

Louis and his lollipop

18 Jan

Crossing The Equator

I had to make a business trip to South Africa right after the Christmas holidays. It was a bit of a shock to go from minus temperatures to 35oC but I can’t complain.

We stayed at a casino hear Jo’burg. This was the view from my room at night:-

Silverstar Casino

Silverstar Casino Fountain Display

I was only away for a week but it was great to get back home. Louis’ tail was like a helicopter’s tail rotor when I got through the front door and he followed me around for the next few days to make sure I didn’t escape from him again.

21 Nov

Basket Case

We’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging front recently; there’s been lots to do in and around the house. Coupled with this I had to make a trip to Korea and then our head office in Hiroshima. The Korean trip was back to Daejeon where I was earlier this year.

I was away for a week in total and it was great to get back home (I enjoyed my trip – I got a chance to catch up with some of my mates from around the world but there’s no place like home). As the taxi pulled up outside the house I could see Louis sat looking out of the front window. Sue had “told” him that I was coming home and he refused to move from that spot until I got back.

As usual he went a tad mental when I got through the door but after an hour or so of being followed around the house to make sure I wasn’t going to disappear again then he settled down to get some kip. His pack was intact again so his job was done and he could relax. Here he is:-

Louis In "I can sleep anywhere" Mode

Who needs a pillow?

I don’t know how he can sleep in such a position with his head sticking out over his basket but he seems to have no problem. The basket is plenty big enough for him to get his head down on his blanket but sometimes he ends up in this position. To be honest he spends more time asleep on one of his sofas than in his basket and Sue is to blame for this. Louis knows that sofas must be better than baskets in the same way he knows that what is on our dinner plates is better than what’s in his food bowl. As I type this Sue is snoozing on one sofa and Louis is on the other whilst I’m on the floor. Something not quite right with this scene…..

09 Jun

Twice Round The Block

I’m back home after a week in Egypt working on a handover of one of our flour mills. I was back at the place I started my overseas career in 1984; a city called Damanhour which is around an hour’s drive from Alexandria.

A plant handover in places like Egypt consists of running the mill for 24 hours to demonstrate it performs as sold. It doesn’t sound a long time but it is as you have to be on the go all the time.

This is the third time we’ve done a handover at this mill. In 1984 it was a 200 tonnes per day mill. In 2000 we uprated the mill to 350 tonnes and this year we’ve just uprated it to 600; all in the same building.

Staying awake in the hours before dawn are difficult so, for something to do, I went and took this (not so good) photo of the mill from the outside. I’m sure I’ve got a much better one from ’84 with a great Pentax camera I had back then.

Damanhour Mill At Night

Damanhour Mill At Night

I can tell you that, as the sun came up on a Damanhour mill test for the third time in my career, I began to wonder if I’ve gone wrong somewhere.

I’m back home now after a stopover in Amsterdam due to a late departure from Cairo. Louis barked at me as I put my key in the door. Who could blame him; after all I was disturbing both him & Sue during one of their prime snooze time sessions (7am ~ 10am and 3pm ~ 5pm). Once he knew it was me I got a good greeting and he was whimpering with delight (or more likely mourning the loss of a sofa).

On the way from/to the airport we passed by Tahrir Square; here’s a piccie of the police building by the museum. Looks a bit of a burnt out mess.

Tahrir Square

Tahrir Square

The building to the right was the Nile Hilton. I spent many a Friday afternoon in the dark, leather sofa Safari Bar enjoying a Stella beer, or two, or three.