In response to this week’s photo challenge.
Different tea-related textures.
As I mentioned before, we went to the Cameron Highlands while we were in Malaysia. It’s nice there, much cooler than the normal very hot and humid conditions at ‘normal’ altitude. Also, it is where people grow lots of quite British things, like cauliflowers, roses, strawberries and tea.
OK, so we don’t actually grow much tea in the UK (although we do grow some), but we do drink a lot of it! Anyway, we went to visit a couple of tea plantations when we were in Malaysia. They are quite nice to look at – a bit like a quilt:
As you can see, the tea is grown on steep slopes. We felt very sorry for the people who have to work on the plantations, navigating those slopes to pick the tea and tend the plants. The steep terrain of the highlands in general, was a bit of a shock to the system when we were driving around. As they were going up and down very steep hills, the roads were very windy, and Malaysian driving is about a hundred times more insane and dangerous than the worst driving I’ve ever seen in the UK. We had several rather scary moments on the way up – people overtaking crazily (in Malaysia people don’t just overtake from one side, they go for either side, and also don’t worry about minor things like the fact that they might be travelling round a blind corner) and coming down the hill at full-pelt and not bothering to slow down for corners on a single track road! Still, we made it back in one piece, which is the main thing.
In no particular order:
- Reading. I’ve read two books this week, which is quite good going for me, although they are both quite short. The first was The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ and the second was The Boy with the Cuckoo Clock Heart. I will try and write more about of them another day.
- Cataloguing. My lovely cataloguing supervisor has, of today, left to start a new job, so for the last couple of weeks he’s been teaching me things I needed to know before he left. I have now learned about cataloguing recorded and printed music, which is a bit complicated and time-consuming if you do it properly, but quite interesting at the same time. I’ve also been learning how to catalogue strange items we have in the collection of items for trainee teachers to take out to use in school. These range from things like rulers and other mathematical equipment, to a larger than life-size set of teeth (with toothbrush) to use when teaching children about dental hygiene. These are also quite challenging but interesting.
- Watching the 2005 film version of Pride and Prejudice. I know lots of people don’t like this film, espeically when they compare it to the 1995 BBC serial adaptation (which was great), but I like it a lot,
- Making tea for my mum and dad. They came to visit for day on Saturday and they drank lots of tea (and coffee). It was nice to see them. We didn’t do much, just sat and talked and drank caffinated drinks, and my dad and Mr C went to the model shop.
- Hoping the heating doesn’t break down again.
- Attempting to sing. As well as the aforementioned carol service, I also did some attempted singing at Other Choir practice. We are doing Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle this term and we started practising it on Wednesday. It’s really hard! (Or at least the small part we’ve done so far is). Having said that, the sopranos seemed to be getting on OK, but we (the altos) were really struggling – even the music students. It was only the first attempt though.
- Taking photographs of trees. It was a nice sunny day on Sunday, so I took some photos in the park. I like trees.
I was supposed to write a blog post this lunch time, but I couldn’t think of anything to write, so I made a cup of tea and ate my sandwich instead.
Apologies for this rubbish post. The tea and the sandwich are better. The sandwich has cheese and tomato and chili something in it. I’ve just realised I don’t know how to spell chili. I think I’ve spelled it correctly now, but it looks wrong.
Yesterday, we went to a hotel with the specific purpose of eating cake! Mr C got a voucher from his sister for his birthday, which entitled us to one men’s and one ladies’ afternoon tea. It was lovely and surprisingly filling. Fortunately, the nice, very Jeeves-like waiter said I could take some of the cakes home as I couldn’t finish them all!
My photos don’t really do justice to the niceness of the sandwiches and cakes, but here are some pictures anyway: