Wednesday, January 30, 2013
As the weather improves, I am getting ready for the road. My long distance bicycle trips have usually been in the summer, so this will be the first time that I set off in February. Last night I tested the new sleeping bag with my VauDe bivi. Also tried out the ThermaRest Z-Lite, which was comfortable enough on the hard balcony floor, so it should be OK on the road. Slept right through till 8.30am on a dry night with a steady breeze. First though, a beer break to whet the appetite: The lighting in the bivi video below was provided by a budget Petzl headlamp in need of some new batteries, so it's a bit of a dark movie. If all goes to plan, I should be heading for France in about ten days time.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Westerkerk from the Jordaan by Bettie Klomp...#Amsterdam flic.kr/p/2oYgSTOne of my favourite streets in the Jordaan. I used to hang out in Cafe De Tuin in the old days. You can visit Bettie's gallery at:
— Leighton Cooke (@leightoncooke) January 27, 2013
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Friday, January 25, 2013
As Magritte would agree, it's a photo of a pipe. This Ashton Pebble Grain LX used to belong to my good friend Clauss. It has hardly been used. I don't smoke anymore, but maybe I should light up a pipe of good English tobacco every now and again, just for the memory. Wonder how much it would be worth at the moment?