Archives for August 2018


Kayaking Thames

Down to the boat house and back for a drink.

Office View

Summer is over

Feeling like summer is over.

Howies is cool‽

H and me by H

H sporting the classic 2005

Bike Lane

Cycle lane

The power of protective paint. Keeping you safe.

Like a Paddington Bear

Everything is better with a cup of tea with Paddington

Commute Route

Commute route

The first leg of my London commute home is by bike from nearly Shoreditch to Paddington. The route along High Holbourn crosses the junction with Kingsway and Southampton Row. It's not the nicest ride.

New Shoes

Good news new shoes

Good news. My new shoes from Good News arrived. Lovely.

Pudding Appreciation

Pudding appreciation expression

H enjoying a particularly good pudding during a food-break on our epic homeward journey from Vis to Luton.

Lost Bike Book


Martin & Co. gave me a book about a crazy guy who rode a bike through Europe from the cold north to the hot south. I'm pretty sure the bike was one of these — an East German manufactured folding bike, but without the usual strengthening wooden cross-bar addition seen here.

I can't find the book right now, so a note to self to check my memory later.

Modra & Zelena špilja

Heading to the Blue Cave

Blue Cave

Green Cave

A tourist day with alternatura . The Blue Cave (Blue Grotto, or Modra špilja) on Biševo. Blue, because the sunlight bounces off the sandy sea floor and so passes through ~30m of water to get into the cave. Discovered by an Austrian painter or crawled in through a small gap in the cliff before returning the next year to blast a bigger opening. The green cave (Zelena špilja), which is green because blue was already taken.

We can do ABBA too

Barjoska Beach

Palm trees grow well here

Palm tree view

Komiža loop hike







An early morning walk (hike?) with a loop up to (nearly) Mali Hum above Komiža and back. The advantage of an early start was amazing light as the sun rose over the hills and cooler air. A (small) disadvantage was the spider webs across the trial and the ants nest in the stick I picked up to clear a particularly webby stretch. The views were worth the effort but a jump straight into the pool was required on our return.

Early Morning Komiža


Get up early for cool views of Komiža (nice views, before it gets too warm); then sleep in the middle of the day. Easy.

Harvey keeping cool

Barjoska Beach


Barjoska Beach

Barjoska Beach

Second stop on our kayak trip from Komiža was the beautiful Barjoska beach. We came here last year but walked rather than kayaked. Missing was the wooden pier that was erected for Mama Mia, Here we go again . The only evidence of its presence, a small MM2 signature in a concrete bollard.

If it looks like something out of a film that's because it will be.

Here's how it looked last year, the week before filming was due to start. Did I hear groupie?




F emerges

First stop on our kayak trip from Komiža was the beautiful Knezica beach just around the headland. It's a lovely small beach and, apart from the two nudists that joined us for a brief swim, we had it completely to ourselves.