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.

26 September 2016 | Colombo - Sri Lanka
26 September 2016
26 September 2016
26 September 2016
26 September 2016
26 September 2016
20 September 2016 | Lumut - Perak - Malaysia
20 September 2016
20 September 2016
20 September 2016
20 September 2016
20 September 2016
02 September 2016 | Pangkor Marina - Perak - Malaysia
02 September 2016
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12 August 2016
12 August 2016

South of India

26 September 2016 | Colombo - Sri Lanka
Andy & Sue
Rice fields lie baking beneath the onslaught of a harsh midday tropical sun. A patchwork of paddies, earth walls separating each from adjacent squares, some still to be harvested, others already reaped and burned, only blackened ash scars show where discarded stalks once laid. Clackety-clack.

26 September 2016
Clackety-clack. The train from Colombo to Jaffna lurched onwards. An express running on a single track railway. Frequent stops allowed oncoming competing traffic to pass using sidings. A railway network little changed since the British departed, then, Ceylon in 1948. The rhythm of life dances to a different tune here in Sri Lanka.

26 September 2016
Two hundred kilometres, four hours swaying from side to side. A carriage cooled by raised windows, doors wide open and a few of the ceiling hung fans still functioning. Standing at an open doorway gave a good view of a passing rural landscape. Clackety-clack. Kingfishers flashed vivid blue near waterways. Bullocks sought shade beneath banyan trees. Farm workers still toiled, some waited the midday scorch under makeshift shelters. Women collected water from wells, occasionally one seen pouring water over long dark hair, cooling before walking home. Rains are late, some parts of the country are experiencing drought.

26 September 2016
Clackety-clack. Semi-dry lakes, be-decked with lilies and lotus give shrinking refuge to wading birds: herons, spoonbills and storks hauled aloft as the train rattled past.

26 September 2016
Uniforms worn by railway conductors appear redolent of British Army uniforms at the end of colonial era, as do those worn by the Sri Lankan Railway Protection Police, one officer per carriage. Jolly smiles and hellos from these chaps were very different from the mean business like nature of the riot-guns carried by some of their team. We suspect the issue of such weapons harks back to the pre-2009 period when an internal war was fought between government forces and Tamil Tiger separatists.
We rolled into Anuradhapura, the smell of hot brakes permeated through a sultry afternoon atmosphere.

26 September 2016
Emerging from the station a posse of tuk-tuk drivers and others gathered. "Where from?" "How long Sri Lanka? " The usual patter to flatter and imply interest in the visitor...flimsy concealment of the real mission, to secure a sale at inflated rates before an unsuspecting newcomer learns the local situation. In Colombo a tuk-tuk driver tried to con us for a 3,000 rupee fare, his grin fixed as he uttered the words faded as we replied "You are having a laugh!"Sadly for him we knew it was a 120 rupee journey. He drove off swearing and shaking his head, clutching a fraction of the fare demanded. We wondered how many tourists he successfully intimidates into paying vastly inflated fees.
Anuradhapura, once the capital city of ancient Sri Lanka. A mere three centuries after the lifetime of The Buddha this region hosted an advanced civilisation of that era. In Europe the Greek empire built by Alexander had waned, Rome was in ascendancy over the Mediterranean. Sophisticated cultures and societies dominated between Nepal and this island off the foot of the Indian sub-continent.
Our exploration of these ancient lands has just begun.
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.
Home Page: http://www.sailblogs.com/member/littlegreenboat
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View towards Diamond Rock (Formerly HMS Diamond Rock) looking to the West from the anchorage at St Annes.
View towards Diamond Rock (Formerly HMS Diamond Rock) looking to the West from the anchorage at St Annes.
Added 12 March 2010