Super happy to keep seeing new birds around Man Kok Tsui. It just underlines how despite being so close to the city and all the pollution and chaos, Lantau still provides a natural sanctuary. To watch an osprey and a cormerant hunt along the shoreline and both succeed to catch fish is an absolute pleasure.
04 December 2018
02 December 2018
Sapphira is a Cape Carib 33 yacht that was built here in Hong Kong in 1975 to a Ted Brewer design.
She came to us when her previous owners eventually admitted to themselves that they could no longer find the time to keep her in the condition she needed to be in nor the time to sail and enjoy her.
After nearly two years of floating on her swing mooring the hull is far from smooth and her teak deck and woodwork has lost most of its lustre and varnish.
Ahead of me I have a winter of DIY but what a challenge it will be.
25 November 2018
Why? Well its been an active and hectic year for our little clan.
- After 6 months of more of noise, dust and muscle ache our house upgrades are all but completed and we are fully installed within.
- New wooden flooring for the bedrooms
- A complete enclosure of the frontage to the house to give us a super living area with a stone and marble floor and 270 degrees of glazing or sliding door openings
- A rebuild of one of the piggeries into a utility / laundry / storeroom
- We have invested in a boat, "The Edna May", to get back and forth to Mui Wo in.
- A 21 foot fibreglass hull with a spanking new outboard
- We have invested in a small but very pretty sail boat, "Sapphira", to cruise about in.
- A Cape Carib 33 sloop built here in Hong Kong in 1975
- We have slowly come to accept that broadband internet is a thing of the past and we will have to just get used to the wandering reliability of telephone data.
- We have survived the biggest storm on record, even if it did mean we were without electricity for a few days
22 March 2018
Behind the house the slope supporting wall had collapsed and backfilled to a height of almost two metres, so much so that it could almost have been said that the house was holding up the retaining wall. Inside, it was so damp that when it rained the water would drain through the house wall into an indoor gutter, yes and indoor gutter! that ran along the floor next to the wall and out through a hole in the front wall.
Over time, we have slowly improved and made good. We now have a kitchen and a bathroom. We have potable water, three phase electrical wiring. The retaining wall behind the house is now back where it should be and the house no longer holds the wall up. The damp has gone and with the new windows and doors it is surprisingly cosy.
How it was in 2008
How it was in 2009
How it was in 2010
How its going to be in 2018
Well, the plan is simple. Because the house roof is made of wooden beams holding up three layers of roofing materials, starting with wriggly tin then poured concrete on top of that and then a second tin roof a few inches above (presumably to create some sort of heat insulation) we have decided it is best to rust seal seal the upper roof to prevent it self destructing and then build a fourth roof to cover not only the existing buildings but also the open areas to the front. This should create a much larger living space in front of the house. Here goes nothing.
16 February 2018
17 January 2018
08 December 2017
23 August 2017
08 August 2017
|Stock photo of Tokay Gecko|
Apparently these lizards were first discovered in Tung Chung in 1951. How cool it is to know they have managed to survive all the building works and construction.