Friday, 31 January 2014

Sunday, 26 January 2014

This is #quattro country ❄





No matter how cold it gets here, this is where I call home  T



Whatever you drive, drive safe!

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

#Flu #Cooking a chicken curry with lots of star anise and garlic

With the frigid temperatures and so many people falling sick, I just had to cook a spicy curry ...


This time the only ingredients I've used are tomato, garlic, star anise, salt, vinegar, fennel seeds, Kashmiri chilly powder, cinnamon, and black cardamom.
I also added a few potatoes, after all, who doesn't love potatoes!


Btw, did you know that star anise is used to make the anti-flu drug Tamiflu? 



Funny thing happened at the supermarket that made me smile :-)

It was freezing outside (felt like -26 degrees C) so I wore my ushanka and didn't take it off while in the store ...


... I approach a cashier to pay for my groceries (a new recruit, never seen her before)


Me to the cashier:"I'd also like a crossword please. You can select any one for me ..."





The cashier hands me the last available crossword and asks "Are you 18 and above?"

I smile and reply "Of course I am" 



Saturday, 18 January 2014

#Art #Framing Finished my first frame with broken birch branches

The birch tree branches that fell were too beautiful to throw away, so I decided to frame one of my paintings 


Measuring and sawing the branches to size ...



Actually the birch tree you see in the painting, is the one from which the branches fell during the ice storm


Hot air drying the frame before framing ...




Finished my first frame in birch!


♪ Bread of Angels


Friday, 17 January 2014

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Friday, 10 January 2014

#Artist When an Actor meets a Tenor

These are two artists I admire




                                                   Peter Ustinov and Luciano Pavarotti

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Colourful Bangles





I know nothing about bangles, but I can help you choose the colours 

Saturday, 4 January 2014

From 27°C to where it feels like -27°C, home is where the snow is

Love the Great White North!



A340-600 Landing video


Ice on birch


Are these rabbit tracks in the snow?


Fallen birch branches ...



Home is where the snow is 

Friday, 3 January 2014

Thank you @Lufthansa_DE for a pleasant flight into #FRA

This time we had a choice of food, unlike the previous flight


And the air hostess actually made me a lime tea!




The Boeing 747 is still my favourite aircraft.
I think it's a classic, and I miss it in the Air Canada fleet.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

#Art More #paintings at other people's homes ...

Below is my version of Girl with a Pearl Earring. The original is by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer


The seascape below I did from imagination seventeen years ago (1997). I gifted it to someone, who left it in their loft for several years collecting dust, and then they gave it back to me. I revived it and it's now displayed in someone else's home (Reason why I don't gift paintings anymore) 


My best paintings are in other peoples homes 

See more paintings in other people's homes ...