Three or six Carrots?

Pradha guest house

Pradha guest house

We are again on the cusp of taking yet another break. We know that between birth and death there is life, so, while we are still able we would like to travel, not least now that the mortgages have been settled, the credit card in credit, and the kids have more than left home.

We don’t like the fridge keeping food for our return and normally prefer eating it empty. Even so, we had misjudged our appetite and found the fridge bare with yet still two days to go before our departure.

That’s why we found ourselves this morning at Woolworth deciding on how to sustain ourselves without going on a binge of last minute eating before the plane takes off. I suggested we could always take a few sandwiches on the plane or a nice crispy salad with bits of toast in lieu of croutons. I got smacked.

H suggested making a chicken curry dish for two days. A good choice as I had discovered a couple of thighs (chicken) at the back of the fridge. As we only had a few stalks of chives I decided (decisively) to buy some vegetables to go with the chicken. H wanted a bag of carrots but I felt this was overdoing it. For two days a bag of carrots? “Are we feeding a horse somewhere,” I asked? H; “Oh, lets not go into that again”. “Do we have to go on about the number of carrots?” “Is this what we are retired for” she added and gave a good sigh to emphasise a determination to get her way?

“Ok, ok, lets compromise and get 6 carrots”, I said. “That’s three each for two days, plus a zucchini that I found in the fridge as well, and two potatoes, I added for good measure.”

While the chicken is on the way, the carrots sliced and simmering, I decided to concentrate on trying to figure out not to get charged exorbitant 3G IPhone charges. The most horrifying stories of thousands of IPhone users being charged enormous costs on using their IPhones overseas appeared on Google. Even not using the IPhone costs thousands. Apparently all those ‘Apps’ keep rumbling on in the background, adding costs even when you are asleep and not using the IPhone.

Despite all the hints of switching Off Data while overseas, I still haven’t found this button on my Apple IPhone. I suppose to have a button on my ‘settings’ to disable all data downloads. But I can’t have that button, no matter how often I check and re-check. It is all so tedious.
Worse than 6 carrots.
Anyway, here is the address:
Just ignore the ratings. We do know the place and the friendly owners.

 Near Ubud, Bali

Near Ubud, Bali

C U after 31 August.

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15 Responses to “Three or six Carrots?”

  1. Andrew Says:

    In Settings, choose Cellular, disable Data Roaming and for extra safety, Cellular data. Then you can only use wifi. Find a free wifi hotspot. Done.


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Under my Settings I don’t have ‘cellular’. By swiping upwards I can put theIPhone on ‘aeroplane mode’, but that turns it into a brick. I can also not put the phone on by keeping it locked and not putting in my 4 pin number. I can still receive calls and texts.
      I am most fearful of downloading e-mails which apparently happens irrespective if I choose to do that or not. It just churns out huge bills.
      It is all so esoteric.


  2. Lottie Nevin Says:

    Before you leave go in to Settings – go to Mobile – turn off Mobile Data, Turn off 3G – Turn off Data Roaming – you have then disabled all the nasties that can cause expensive charges whilst abroad. If you want to take advantage of free wi-fi just go back in to settings, turn On Mobile Data and 3G get password for wi-fi and you can check mail etc. Turn it off again once you’ve finished. Personally I’d leave the damn thing at home with the carrots. Have a fabulous trip and look forward to hearing about it when you are back 🙂


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      No, I don’t have such mobile settings. In fact I don’t have any choice of ‘Data’ or ‘turn off’ buttons. I think this Apple Iphone is specifically designed for getting me huge bills whereby I have to sell my home and end up sleeping on a park bench and at best feed the ducks. Helvi will leave me and the Salvation Army will find me destitute. I’ll be sitting in a home for derelict men and have egg remnants in my beard and wear soiled pants.


  3. Red Hen Says:

    Have a wonderful time. Must be nice to get to that point of having all the bills paid, the kids done for and your health to enjoy!


  4. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    Enjoy your trip and forget about the uneaten carrots!


  5. chris hunter Says:

    Yeah, G&H, enjoy the holiday!


  6. Patti Kuche Says:

    I have been away too long and so much catching up to do so by now the carrots have well and truly left the building. Have a great time – remember once upon a time when we travelled to “get away from everything?”


  7. Curt Mekemson Says:

    Have a great vacation. Leave the I-phone at home and buy a cheap local phone at the airport where you land. –Curt


  8. Charlotte Hoather Says:

    You could freeze the left over carrots 🙂


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