A few nice Hard Water Problems images I found:
Guest Shooter Val Jerram in India
Image by Boogies with Fish
Under the heading of Best Laid Plans several have gone astray in the last couple of days. For the last few days I’ve been unable to connect to the Internet by my new wireless hop from the office because I failed to realise that the power at the coconut oil refinery was going to be horribly unreliable. Then, this morning, my brand-new Windows 7 installation on my desktop computer at home stayed stuck on the "Please wait . . . " screen for two hours. How long do I have to wait, for pity’s sake?
The wireless problem has been partially solved by moving the hop from the coconut oil refinery to the top of the big supermarket across the harbour from our house. I know that the power there will be reliable, because there is a tonne of refrigeration equipment there and it must be kept running. The generators there kick in withing 10 seconds day and night 356 days a year.
I spent about four hours up on the roof of the supermarket this morning in the blazing hot sun. I’m still taking an antibiotic that could make me "sun sensitive" whatever that means, but I didn’t remember that until we were just about finished. I’d had no breakfast and no water. I didn’t realise that I’d overdone it until my vision started to tunnel and my knees got so wobbly that I hardly made it down the ladder. When I got back to the office, I took my dripping wet shirt off and laid down on the couch in the reception area and begged for food and water. As I lay there recuperating, I reminded myself that several seemingly minor errors in succession can put one in a world of hurt when their effects accumulate.
I think that the Windows 7 installation failure after only one day of use was because I hooked up my old Vista hard disk to get the data off of it. The first time that I booted after that, I believe That Mr. Gates’ software got terminally confused and did a Vulcan Mind Meld between Vista and Windows 7. You can guess what the solution to this problem is. I’m working on my laptop now with a slow dial-up connection while I reinstall Windows 7. I have to be honest and say that this is the first real complaint that I’ve had against W7. Otherwise it has been a dream, a good dream.
Enough about all that. We’re here to see some more of Val Jerram’s lovely images of India. I’m happy to have influenced Val to develop her photographic talents. She has a Flickr Pro account with thousands of images from her travels around the world. There is some very nice stuff there on Darby Dog at Flickr.
I wish that I had paid more attention to Val’s comments on these images. I was so addled that I just took the time to prepare them for WordPress and uploaded them. I can’t comment much on them, but that’s okay. Good images should speak for themselves. This one certainly has a vioce: Happy faces, eh?
This one I love. It’s a very well composed image. I did only a bit of cropping and reduced the saturation of the background to make the machines pop: The presence of the three women in the corner make background look like a giant poster.
This fantasy of colour is the inside of a dome: And this mosaic must have taken thousands of hours to complete: We are just beginning the four day Easter weekend here. I’ll be up early to try to get the wireless connection finished. At noon I’m taking Jo and Ush out on Faded Glory for a swim. I’ll probably do a solo dive to get some images to keep the pages filled.
I hope it’s not too sunny.
I can’t believe that I’m saying that.
1. Add water to a pan, heat to boiling.
2. Carefully position card over steam. After a few seconds, the card will become malliable. Bend card to desired shape.
NOTE:: Steam is very hot. Gloves are recommended.
It’s very sturdy. I have no problem throwing it in my pocket or applying direct pressure to it. Because of the way I managed to fold it (I didn’t use gloves–it was hot and hard to fold) it turns the card onto a clip. Theoretically, you could clip the card onto your person, but I’m not an idiot.
I will be modifying this card further, however it will not involve acetone.
So, does it still work? Sometimes. I tried it on two different readers at University Street station. I tapped twice at each reader–I wasn’t taking Link and didn’t really want to pay for a trip I wasn’t taking.
Attempt one scanned on the second try. Attempt two scanned on the third try. Hours later on a different reader, attempt three scanned on the first try. Attempt four took more than six tries to read the card.
Cleansing Salad Tropical Asian
Image by Barry Gourmet and Raw
Breakfast or Lunch Approx: 10 min:
Cleansing Salad Tropical Asian
1 fresh AloeVera Leaf 12 to 14 inches
Lime Juice on stand by
1 Garlic Clove
3 Spring Onions include chives
1 Whole Coconut
Fresh Herb Mint
Raw unfiltered Honey on stand by
Bee Pollen on stand by
Red Chili Powder on stand by
Nuts of Brazil or Cashew
One medium size whole Cabbage (Green or Purple)
Herbs fresh Rosemary, and Mint at the ready
Cold Pressed Coconut Oil on stand by
Take your Aloe Leaf and on your cutting board with a pairing knife peal the green skins off and store them in a glass jar in your refrigerator. ( Don’t worry I will let you know what to do later with the skins)
Add the Aloe Gel to a medium size mixing bowl
Pour in 1 table spoon of Lime Juice
Chop the 3 Spring Onions with green Chives and add to bowl
Add sliced Garlic Clove
Add 2 stems of Fresh Garden Mint Herb chopped
Method of Fresh Coconut: This takes practice for some but don’t worry I plan to make a YouTube Video ASAP to guide you through this South Asian ritual with the Whole Coconut.
For your body leverage but the hard coconut on a hard ground surface holding a fairly large chopping knife just for this purpose.
Description of standard Knife for opening Coconuts: The blade is a flat rectangle shape
about 7 inches long and 3 inches wide and has a good solid handle on it .
The knife has good weight to it one pound or heavier.
Method:Your Chopping block should lay on a hard floor surface with the Coconut in place.
Hold the Coconut firmly exposing the top side and cut away from your body at a ¾ angle down across the head of the coconut in a circle pattern as you turn the fruit in your hand holding it firmly against the cutting board. After a few cuts you will notice a the small hole appearing at the top end.
When the hole is big enough pour the Coconut water into a glass for later use.
Then leveraged again over the cutting board on the floor make several cuts down the middle until the coconut is split in half.
Then spoon out the sweet white flesh into your mixing bowl.
What to do with the 2 discarded half coconut shells? Well I know all Dogs are not the same but my dog loves to chew on them and play with them as well . ( Makes great Cheap Chew Toys for your Pet)
Special Note: Did you ever see the Block Buster Movie named the Castaways starring Tom Hanks ? Well I remember poor Tom stranded and hungry on this remote tropical island in the middle of no where desperately in vain ,trying his best to open this coconut. I think it took hours or days or maybe it never opened at all ? I just don’t want you to have the same problem as Tom did in your kitchen thats all.
All my Recipes take only 10 to 15 minutes approximately to make for the busy person as your self. That is why I am so compelled to make that YouTube Video.
Next with that out of the way add your coconut meat to your mixing bowl , then spoon the contents into your Glass Blender ,blending until you achieve a creamy paste .
Spoon the paste into your mixing bowl and taste. Mmmmmm the Coconut meat should nicely neutralize the Aloe, masking the bitterness of the Aloe Vera Jell ? If not then make your adjustments with more of the following : Grated Raw garlic, and optional Red Chili Pepper for more (HOT)
More Lime Juice for more (Sour)
More Raw unfiltered Honey for more (Sweetness)
More Chopped Mint Herb for more (Garden Flavoring)
Optional: A pinch of Sea Salt or a bit of Sole water made from the water of a Pink Himalayan Sea Salt Crystal dissolved in pure water (Salty)
When you have reached your desired taste then add the following
Cut a one inch thick Pineapple ring discard the outer ring and chop finely into the creamy paste.
Cut a one inch thick Papaya ring same size as the Pineapple and chop finely into the creamy paste.
Stir well then put your mixing bowl aside.
Take your medium head of Cabbage place it on the chopping block and cut around to make hand size domes. (Funny when I first looked at them they looked like a wireless computer mouse)
Then with your fingers take out the middle sections until your left with veggie pocket.
From the mixing bowl Spoon your creamy paste into the pocket for about 3 sandwiches.
Chop the left over cabbage into a mixing bowl.
Add chopped fresh rosemary herb, and mint to your liking .
Pour in some Cold Pressed Coconut Oil ( 1 or 2 table spoons)
Toss and serve with a topping of bee pollen and Brazil or Cashew nut
Optional try adding some lime juice to your glass of Coconut Water . Its different and refreshing.
I you find cutting open a fresh coconut intimidating then don’t worry I have a New Alternative Recipe for you called the Cleansing Salad Western Style.
About the glass jar of left over Aloe Very skins in your refrigerator.
Try this in the morning . Place the skins with the Gel side against your closed eye lids and gently massage around . You should have a sensation of refreshing coolness over the eye lid.
Rinse your lids with water and your off to a great morning .
The skins can be rubbed over your lips to moisten them (Natures Natural Lip Balm) and over your gums and teeth to reduce pain and is good for oral hygiene.
The Aloe Vera gel is good natural protecter and moisturizer for your skin as many Thai Spas use Aloe Vera Gel to treat sunburn on the tourists. Well I say why wait until it is to late apply this wonderful healing herb to your body first thing in the morning.
Coconut Oil ,Aloe Vera Gel and raw Vegetables have an internal protective effect for the body against any of the suns excessive UV damage and at the same time allows the hormone absorption of Vitamin D.
“ May I Inspire the Gourmet in You for all things Whole and Natural “
Barry Gourmet & Raw