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.

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26 July 2016 | Pangkor Marina - Perak - Malaysia
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28 June 2016 | Pangkor Marina - Perak - Malaysia
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Georgetown Delights

12 August 2016
It was time for a short weekend break from working through the jobs list aboard Spruce. A drive to the north, 200 Km distant, lays Georgetown on the island of Penang. If readers have converted that distance into 125-miles, and a mere 2-hour drive, think again. Take your minds back to UK roads in the 1960s. Many single carriageway roads, uneven undulating surfaces and hold ups at each town. Things did improve once we reached the spinal toll road, a dual carriageway running the length of peninsular Malaysia. The driving here is quite an experience. Maybe a blog devoted to that topic later, suffice to mention that deaths are something like 8-times higher than in the UK. Defensive driving has not reached these distant lands yet; anticipation of potential consequences of careless driving tactics appears absent.
The photo shows Sue with Meillia (s/y Per Ardua) on the right and Farina to the rear, enjoying a “Banana Leaf” lunch at a restaurant in Little India, Georgetown. Many of the inhabitants of this neighbourhood are descended from people moved here from Tamil Nadu in India during the days of the British Empire. When reading modern day political commentary on immigration concerns in the UK, it brings a wry smile to our faces having witnessed the effects of former British policy of “encouraging” people to move around the world during the days of empire.

12 August 2016
Our timing for end of July coincided with the normal “last weekend” events and the commencement of the Georgetown Festival. Saturday evening took us to the Khoo Kongsi temple, managed by one of the larger Chinese descended clan houses in Georgetown. Normally this temple is closed after dusk, the lighting as darkness fell illuminated gloriously decorated carvings and mouldings. The splendid 3-dimensional Chinese Junk vessels adorning the roof are quite striking.

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The lion dancers pranced aloft atop steel posts. The rear end player oft lifted the lead character above his head, precariously balancing on poles that would inflict a terrible injury should he slip. All the while a brisk tempo maintained by a team of musicians beating drums…

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…they continued apace after the lions retired to show what they could do with percussion: an uplifting performance by an enthusiastic team.

12 August 2016
After a short weekend in one of our favourite spots in Malaysia, we bade farewell to our hosts: Peter, Meillia, Sam, Erin and Islay. Waved goodbye to the crowds assembled before us and motored back to Lumut and the seemingly never-ending list of boat chores.

12 August 2016
This one involved adding inspection ports to one of the fuel tanks. Marine tanks contain baffles to prevent fuel sloshing from end to end. This tank had but one opening, that prevented access to the two other sections which certainly baffled the tank-cleaners, us. The only simple solution, apart from steam cleaning, possibly removing the tank into the bargain, was to add inspection ports into each baffled section. Through these new openings, the tank has now been rendered squeaky clean.
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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