Gin and Tonic – with a twist


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Gin and tonic is a popular drink in England, and is often a beverage people look forward to at the end of a long day. Here I would like to show what I feel is the best gin and tonic (and my wife does agree too), but I have also added a little twist to it – and no it has nothing to do with the slice of lemon in it. Read on to find out more. Continue reading Gin and Tonic – with a twist

Diskstation Photo


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The other Diskstation app which is of interest to me (and one of the main reasons I bought the DiskStation) is the one for Photos. As I do have many photos accrued from many years of photography, it was good to be able to upload them onto my Diskstation server, so that my wife and I can access them whenever we want. Continue reading Diskstation Photo

Penang Hokkien Mee (Prawn noodle)


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Continuing with the food theme, my wife decided to cook Penang Hokkien Mee to go with the remaining prawns we had from Chinese New Year. We were given a pack of the ready-made sauce for this dish. Continue reading Penang Hokkien Mee (Prawn noodle)

Bird-in-flight: Kite


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Apparently in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, there is a fair population of red kites patrolling the skies, especially over the countryside. I do see them regularly during the daytime, hovering where there are large fields, presumably scouting for potential prey. Continue reading Bird-in-flight: Kite

Rosie in the park – Sony A6000


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As spring is now in the air and the sun was out today, we decided to go to the nearby park and let Rosie our Yorkshire terrier to run around. I brought my Sony A6000 to shoot some images, and managed to catch a series with her running. I am aware that shooting a moving subject is not something I am used to, so I do need the practice to make it perfect. Continue reading Rosie in the park – Sony A6000

Chinese New Year Meal


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Today is the fourth day of Chinese New Year, and as expected there was a celebratory dinner held in our church. I gather that the Chinese New Year celebrations goes on for 15 days (longer than the 12 days of Christmas). Many people brought a dish they had cooked to share. As usual, I was there with my trusty camera to capture it all. Continue reading Chinese New Year Meal

First signs of spring


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With the arrival of Chinese New Year, it heralds the arrival of Spring. This can be seen in nature as flowers are starting to spring up. The sun is rising earlier and the skies are still bright at the end of a working day. Continue reading First signs of spring

Flower press – Bidens


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In December 2014, I bought a flower press from Amazon to preserve some of the flowers I’ve grown and make pressed dried flowers. Part of the reason for this was to have specimens of flowers I’ve grown in my garden, but also to see whether this process will preserve some of the UV-pattern. I do believe that no one else has looked into this before. I was helped by my lovely assistant – my youngest daughter, who was wearing suitable eye-protection. Continue reading Flower press – Bidens

Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner


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Everyone has heard of the twelve days of Christmas. But I would like to introduce you to the 10-course dinner for Chinese New Year. In chinese culture, we do like even numbers and the number 10 in particular is considered to be a perfect number. So a 10 course dinner can be symbolic of a perfect meal – in this instance it was prepared by my wife (with a little assistance from my youngest daughter).  Continue reading Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner

CNY – Year of the Goat/Sheep 2015


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Today is the day we celebrate Chinese New Year. So, Happy New Year to all of you, particularly the chinese visitors to my website. This is a time of great celebration and for family reunion. Being in Oxford, we are far away from most of our relatives. But nevertheless we can still celebrate this as a family. And now with my website, even more people can share with us in our celebration. Continue reading CNY – Year of the Goat/Sheep 2015