Saturday, May 12, 2007

Music, Motion, Memories & Moggies

Well, not long now until we will be back in glorious Tarifa. May/June is always such a wonderful time of the year to be on the Costa de la Luz - not too hot and so fresh. We will be back on our mountain bikes, flashing past the local pedestrians plus I have my new Naish Shockwave kite to try out - it will be great to be back on the water for the first time since Xmas. Jan will probably pick up a few new friends, as usual:

MUSIC - To keep the UK blues away, we went to see an amazing African band in Leicester last week. They are Tuareg ex-freedom fighters from Mali who now play the most hypnotic Saharan blues/rock to promote peace. Here a some very atmospheric pictures that Jan took of Tinariwen (meaning 'empty spaces' in their native tongue Tamashek) at their concert in Leicester De Montfort Hall. I have also added the band to our Google Video pick list on the left hand side panel:

MOTION - As a birthday treat for me, I went indoor skydiving at Bodyflight in Bedford, a couple of weeks ago. Five minutes amazing freefall in 120 mile an hour winds in the world's largest vertical wind tunnel, with an instructor to help you learn to fly. You have to see it (or do it) to believe it, the professionals make it look so easy in their video clips (I have added them to our Google Video pick list on the left):

MEMORIES - I was tidying up our ever growing digital photo collection and thinking about our 25th wedding anniversary, which is due this year. We are off up to Edinburgh in July to celebrate - so I couldn't resist putting a few 'happy couple' pictures onto the blog. Being together for over a quarter of a century hasnt been easy (Jan deserves a medal) but we are still looking after each other and still learning new things about each other every day:

MOGGIES - Finally, I also realised that it will soon be a year since we had cats in the house. We plan to get a couple of rescue cats when we are back from the summer break. We will always miss Sledge Hammer (our soppy black & white male) and Lucy (our fiesty grey female) who both lived into their late teens (shown below) and the other great cats we have had (Leonardo and Jenner), going right back to Jan's first cat (Katie) who we inherited from her mother.

Anyway, must dash and get on with my weekend jobs - hope to see you on the beach, soon.