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Growing stuff on hot concrete – gardening in tropical Penang – what’s growing in November 2016

A short update on what is happening in the garden this month:

The rain continues, but perhaps is becoming less frequent.  It’s been a cool month, with less sunshine than usual.  So I waited until it was nominally sunny to take photos – a bit of a long wait. And so for yet another mont there is not much to report.

mini pumpkin

mini pumpkins are still growing – but not so many

passionfruit

passion fruit – about 50 on the vines, but they aren’t really ripening as there is almost no sun

limes

limes are still growing – after rain they often flower

mock orange sprouting tiny leaves

mock orange sprouting tiny leaves – not much flowering this month

Cana lily doing well, as usual

Cana lily doing well, as usual.  I repotted from one pot to two quite a while ago, and at that time I had up to 14 stalks flowering or growing up at one time.  After repotting there were only about eight.  But now they are about 16 over both pots, so they have been developing well.

lime trees OK

lime trees OK – the passion fruit vines have become intertwined with the largest and so now I can;t move it until maybe February when the passion fruit will be resting and I can prune.

plumbago doesn;t seem all that happy with so much rain

plumbago doesn’t seem all that happy with so much rain

egg plant plant

egg plant plant appeared in the pot

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ginger poker with the edible sprouty things

herbs

neem growing

tiny ginger poker growing happily

tiny ginger poker growing happily

aloe doing well

aloe doing well

and grape vine growing

and grape vine growing

four years I have bee trying to grow papaya on this waste land - and these ones just died - I am giving up, as no mattter what I do they don't survive here

four years I have been trying to grow papaya on this waste land – and these ones just died – I am giving up, as no matter what I do they don’t survive here. In those four years they have died from floods, from mealy bugs, from being hit by lorries…

ginger poker upstairs

ginger poker upstairs

herbs

herbs

duranta - birds and bees love it

duranta – birds and bees love it

Bougainvillea survive but don;t thrive with all the rain

Bougainvillea survive but don’t thrive with all the rain

rosemary

rosemary

rosemary

child of rosemary above

ginger poker - sprouts - eat as is, or put in salads - before you do put them down on the bench a bit, because ants hide inside - unless you want to eat ants.

ginger poker – sprouts – eat as is, or put in salads – before you do put them down on the bench a bit, because ants hide inside and will then come out – unless you want to eat ants.

 

 

relaxing at a coffee shop

A wander around George Town

I went for a wander around George Town’s Heritage Zone one afternoon this week. In the past I would not have done this, because it is generally too hot, but it’s been cooler lately, and so it was a pleasant stroll.  Here are a few photos…

an old public phone

an old public phone

Food Museum on Beach Street

Food Museum on Beach Street

big Cendol

big Cendol

big egg

big egg

big noodles

big noodles

Fire Station

Fire Station

Fire Station

Fire Station

main temple entrance

main temple entrance

temple

temple

temple

temple

for tourists

for tourists

Armenian Street - popular with toursits

Armenian Street – popular with toursits

on Armenian Street

on Armenian Street

on Armenian Street

on Armenian Street

on Armenian Street

on Armenian Street

on Armenian Street

on Armenian Street

on Armenian Street

on Armenian Street

on Armenian Street

on Armenian Street

on Armenian Street

on Armenian Street

on a side street

on a side street

this is good to read

this is good to read

mosque

mosque

side street

side street

you see these all over George Town

you see these all over George Town

not so much traffic in this immediate area

not so much traffic in this immediate area

not so much traffic in this immediate area

not so much traffic in this immediate area

park at the end of Armenian Street

park at the end of Armenian Street

on Armenian Street

on Armenian Street

some people grow trees

some people grow trees

on Armenian Street

on Armenian Street

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a rare site - a bicycle path

a rare site – a bicycle path

mosque on Kapital Keeling

mosque on Kapital Keeling

it could be Hotlink - Maxis phone company's pre-paid

it could be Hotlink – Maxis phone company’s pre-paid

relaxing at a coffee shop - there are so many these days

relaxing at a coffee shop – there are so many these days

relaxing at a coffee shop

relaxing at a coffee shop – yum, marshmallows

clocktower

clocktower

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Magnificent Macedonia – Balkans trip anecdotes and photos

This blog mainly concentrates on providing information that will help in living or travelling in Malaysia.  However, I do blog a little about trips abroad.  On my recent trip to the Balkans I’ll do a series of short blogs providing one anecdote per country, and then a few assorted photos of the country unrelated to the anecdote.

The last post in this series.

Macedonia was surprising – so many statues, monuments, and, apart from the trains, modern and functional.

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Skopje, capital of Macedonia.  Could that be Alexander the Great?

Skopje

Skopje – Vardar River and the Opera House in the background

Skopje

Skopje – mosque

at the station

at the station

the beest train I caught in the Balkans - and the last

the best train I caught in the Balkans – and the last

park in Bitola

park in Bitola

Bitola

Bitola – my hotel on the left

Macedonian salad

In the hotel restaurant – Macedonian salad

lamb

lamb

moon

moon as seen from my hotel window

Heraclea - ancient ruins near Bitola

Heraclea – ancient ruins near Bitola

Heraclea - ancient ruins near Bitola

Heraclea – ancient ruins near Bitola

Bitola

Bitola at lunchtime

Church opposite my hotel

Church opposite my hotel

Church opposite my hotel

Church opposite my hotel

bus to

bus to Ohrid

in

in Ohrid

Lake

Lake Ohrid

e

Basilica

e

Basilica

c

Fortress

c

Fortress

c

Holy Mary

restaurant

restaurant Svete Sophia

restaurant

restaurant Svete Sophia

Macedonian salad

Macedonian salad

stwe

stew

dessert

dessert

statue

statue

another nice morning

another nice morning

I spotted a Yugo

I spotted a Yugo

bus back to Skopje

bus back to Skopje – it had WiFi

so that's how far it is

so that’s how far it is

through the mountains

through the mountains

a short walk in the forest

a short walk in the forest

back in Skopje

back in Skopje – St Clement

inside

inside St Clement

Skopje Airport - leaving the Balkans

Skopje Airport – leaving the Balkans

 

 

I ordered this from the breakfast menu, just before lunch time

Pie Harbour Gurney Plaza – pie in Penang

I first noticed Pie Harbour in Queensbay Mall probably over three years ago.  I enjoyed my pie there.  Then I noticed them in Gurney Paragon, but I don’t actually go there much.  And earlier this year I saw they were coming to the Gurney Plaza alfresco area.  They opened quite a while ago, and I finally got around to eating there on Friday.

I noticed that they were quite busy, and all the outside tables were taken. I sat inside, and soon inside was quite full, too.  The staff were friendly, the food good, but the service slow – possibly because they were so busy. The WiFi was fast.  I was there for breakfast when you are served unlimited amounts of coffee – which was also good.

In the end I didn’t have a pie, but I will be back sometime to have one.  It’s a pity, though, they don’t serve beer.  A beer and pie is really nice.  A few photos…

Pie Harbour, Gurney Plaza

Pie Harbour, Gurney Plaza

lunch menu

lunch menu – er – where are the pies?

I ordered this from the breakfast menu, just before lunch time

I ordered this from the breakfast menu, just before lunch time