Little Green Boat

Spruce left the UK in 2011, arrived in SE Asia during 2015. Now land/air touring to see a little more of Asia in between doing a long list of boat maintenance jobs.

20 September 2016 | Lumut - Perak - Malaysia
20 September 2016
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02 September 2016 | Pangkor Marina - Perak - Malaysia
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August Moon - in September?

20 September 2016 | Lumut - Perak - Malaysia
Andy & Sue
Fierce Dragons and lions too, the Buddhist temple in Lumut was the venue for the August Moon mid-year celebrations. Every shrine on the site was visited by the dragons and lions to ward off evil spirits and to bless them for the remainder of this year.

20 September 2016
We were blissfully unaware of the festivities until Jimmy and Audrey (pictured here with Sue and their youngsters) encouraged us to come along for the event and the lantern procession through the coastal town of Lumut. The August Moon celebrations come mid-way between successive Chinese New Years, also driven by the lunar cycles. The parade was a mix of cultures. Led by the Dragons and Lions, music was provided by the usual drums on wheels plus a marching brass band, followed by Indian and Malaysian traditional musicians. The multicultural blend of this region was well represented.

20 September 2016
Around this time, we had planned to spend 3-weeks touring in China. An early start from Lumut commenced a three and half hour drive to Kuala Lumpur. No, this is not the trip, just the journey to get our visas. It should be quick and easy because we filled in the on-line application before travelling. We arrived at 08:40 for a 9am opening and joined a huge queue. Two hours in line and we got to an official who did not like our photos, yes including the one recently used for Sue’s UK Passport renewal. Nor did they like our colour passport copies…suitably relieved of some money and clutching poor quality B&W photocopies we joined another queue, thankfully much shorter. A very helpful young woman conspiratorially whispered that unfortunately more than 50% of applications by people not applying from within their home country were being refused. Not to worry it would only cost £11 each if rejected and £85 if approved. A question “What if one of us was approved, and the other rejected?” was met with a blank stare, followed by the suggestion we would have much better odds if we took a flight to London and made the application there. This palaver coupled with the thought of another long drive the following week, to retrieve passports that might not contain a visa, caused us to say “We won’t bother to visit China, we’ll go somewhere with an easier visa process instead.” This was met with utmost surprise.
Now we have changed tack, our three-week trip will be spent in Sri Lanka. Our flight departs from Kuala Lumpur in a few days. Interestingly, our visa application was done on line and the approval notice returned within 10 minutes of submission. A short break from the boat jobs to use the marina office wi-fi for an hour was all it needed.

20 September 2016
Boat props have been moved to enable us to patch the areas of hull hidden behind the struts; the copper-coat is completed, it will harden off over a period of 4-days. This photo shows some of the fellows who work at Pangkor Marina engaged in the task.

20 September 2016
Glass fibre work to add some extra support knees in the lazarette locker induced a few expletives to be muttered. This has proved to be a horrible job; working in cramped spaces is never good. Doing so in a hot and humid climate makes it even less pleasant. The extra support for elongated davits will give piece of mind when we buy a slightly heavier RIB dinghy.

20 September 2016
Between the boat activities, Sue has managed to find time to cut some wood blocks and do a few test prints back at our studio-flat. One day there will be time for an exhibition of her work that has been undertaken as we float and travel around the world aboard Spruce.

So many visual stimulii and so few examples can be selected for capture in a wood block. The choosing can be as long a process as the cutting.
Vessel Name: Spruce
Vessel Make/Model: Hallberg Rassy 42 - Enderlein Design
Hailing Port: Portsmouth, UK
Crew: Sue & Andy
About: Sue is an artist, plays the flute and guitar. Andy enjoys technical challenges and hoped to learn to speak more Spanish. Unsuccessfully:-( Maybe this year?
Extra: During 2013 and 2014 we sailed across the Pacific to New Zealand and then Australia. The past few years cruising has enabled us to visit many countries, meet lots of interesting people and to understand the world a little better.
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Spruce's Photos - Porto - The home of Port Wine
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An amazing pictorial representation done in glazed ceramic tiles decorating the side of a church. The people in the photo give an idea of the scale.
Gold decorated wood carved cherubs. A small sample of an enormous carving standing some eight-metres high.
The churches in Portugal seem to have elaborate golden (real) decoration applied to wood carved altar pieces. The sheer scale is breath taking. Vast sums of money were spent on furnishing churches during Portugal
Interiors are well lit with natural light due to clear glass used in the windows, the golden decoration is very bright. This elaborate decoration on internal furniture makes stained glass windows unnecessary.
Portuguese crafts on dispay in a shop window.
In one of the main avenues in Porto a large number (circa one-hundred) resin castings of human forms have been decorated by different artists. Each one conveying an alternative impression.
Traditional display of wares within a shop. The smell of the spices emanating from the door was alluring.
A second large mural done with blue and white ceramic tiles.
An open market within an enclosed quadrangle. The goods displayed within bear no relationship to the dilapidated roofs. See the photos that follow...
Colourful strings of garlic and chillies in an open market stall.
One of the many small fish stalls in the market.
Beans of every shape and size.
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Cafe Majestic - Splendid surrounding in which to dine - Apparently 1930s Style.
Busy street scene in Porto.
"Feed the birds, tuppence a bag" - Mary Poppins for those fortunate to be too young to remember:-)
 
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