Friday, 24 July 2015

24th July 2015

So, a few days ago we began the journey back to Thailand.

We caught our first plane from Heathrow to Vienna, which was delayed by 40 minutes. This caused a problem with our 2nd flight which was due to leave 10 minutes before we landed. However, they delayed our 2nd flight so that we would not miss the transfer!

With the long haul flight from Vienna to Bangkok, we had some plush seats... For the same price as economy on British Airways, we were sat in Business Class all the way... it puts BA to shame, and they may have seen the last of me flying with them.

The food was amazing.... I had a delicious pasta... no idea what Jen had since I was too busy enjoying my dinner!

Eventually, we landed... and went to our hotel, The Banyan Tree... A lovely hotel which we spent 3 days of luxury...

We headed out only a couple of times. Once to go shopping for some bike helmets. Once to go to the cinema to see Antman, and once to go to the Vertigo Bar (59th Floor) before heading out for dinner.

3 days up, and it was time to hit the plane to Samui, and then ferry to Tao. Finally we arrived and unpacked, before heading out for a couple of drinks to catch up with everybody.

In bed early, the rain hammered down most of the night keeping me awake.... welcome back!!

Monday, 20 July 2015

20th July 2015 - Leaving again

Sorry its been nearly 3 weeks since we have posted..

Of course, we have been cramming as much visits and activities as possible.

So, to highlight some bits of the last 3 weeks. Attending a further 2 sports days for my niece and nephew was great fun, and the weather held out pretty well.

Emily was on one day, and Thomas was on the next, so I stayed the night in Welling, hanging out with the Hammonds at the local social club... I realised how crap I am at darts.!

Then a day or 2 later, We headed to East Sussex to stay the night at Jan (another of Jennys sister).

Wet weather kept us indoors, so we played alot of Tiddlywinks believe it or not!

After that it was time for a couple of final dinners with my family. First was a nice Chinese dinner with my Aunt and Uncle, Del, Mum, and Roy. Then the next day, travel to Dads for some Indian food.  Delicious!!

Then our final planned date, was a trip to the New Forest camping with Roy, 2 days of camping on some tough ground made the nights quite tough to sleep. 

We went to Go Ape to have some fun...

So, after climbing through trees, it was back to the tent for food, beer and fending off the very friendly New Forest residents.

Thats it.... time for packing and jumping on the plane...

So long UK... its been a lovely time...!!


Thursday, 2 July 2015

01 July 2015

We’ve been back in the UK over a week now and time is just flying.
We’ve managed to catch up with most of the family and friends but we’ve still got a few to go.

Seeing the new addition to Simons Mums posse is quite cute..

The weather has just been fantastic, couldn’t have asked for better.  I’ve been out on my bike most days and I actually joined Fleet cycling club last Thursday and did a whopping 64 miles.  I was the only person under 60 and on a muddy, neglected mountain bike, everybody else had sparkling road bikes.  I managed to keep pace but once off the bike, I certainly felt it :-D   Si wasn’t too impressed as I left the house at 9.30am and didn’t get back till 16.10    ..Sorry Simone!!!  

So, this week, we’ve been sorting out visa’s, bank stuff, driving licenses, change of address’s and all sorts. We’ve both been down to our lockup to check our belongings and to see what items we can Ebay (well Simon has)   ..he’s managed to get rid of a few electrical bits n bobs and I’ve just a items of clothes on.  

Simon has been down to Kent to see his brother and spend some time with his Niece and Nephew..

At the moment in Rosie’s garden, we’ve erected our big tent (6-9 person tent).

  We thought we’d get it out to air and use it this weekend as we’re going to the local  ‘Lowde Festival’ in Hazeley Bottom, just down the road.  Hopefully all the family will be going and camping back at the farm.  Eighties legend Paul Young is playing (not that we actually like him). There will be two stages, different types of music with loads of up and coming artists which have supported some big bands, so it should be good.  Plus there’s bars serving over 80 different types of ales, ciders , a mojito bar and cocktail bar  ..what more could one want :-)

Our first week back, Rosie and Charles were away in France  ..Rosie had left multiple notes around the house of which one said that we have a hedgehog in the garden, first time in 20 years and we were to feed it.  So we've been feeding it ever night, not that we've seen it and have now set up an infrared camera to catch it in action far, the camera has not worked it's magic due to settings, placement etc, so I'm convinced it's a rat or the cat that's eating the dog food put out every night.   Si, this afternoon strategically place the camera over the feeding area, so hopefully tomorrow morning we will have evidence of what's been eating the food.


Thursday, 25 June 2015

22nd June 2015

So, up and about as dawn came, I set out to catch up on some paperwork, before Jenny and I left to head down to Mums.

Another journey on the M25, this one taking over 5 hours to complete due to accidents and lane closures... It gave me a strong memory of when I used to do this journey every day... yuck.

Finally we made to Mums. She had just come out of hospital with knee surgery, so although she was in pain, she was in good spirits and we had a lovely evening and a nice takeaway curry... The next morning, Jen and I had our first bath in a very long time... which was so nice.

Then the journey back..., Again, another accident... this time the journey only took 3 hours.

Straight to Sports Day for Iona (Jenny's God Daughter). A dry bright and sunny day made it perfect conditions, with Iona racing in several events. Another pleasant way to spend the afternoon... I had to giggle at the parent next to me who was finishing off a whole bottle of wine!

Very well done Iona...!

21st June - Fathers Day

So, after waking up and writing the catchup blog from Bangkok. We headed down to South Croydon to have a garden party to celebrate Kates birthday, and Fathers Day.

Turning up fashionably late, we didn't realise that Kate did not know we would be there, which was a nice (or not!) surprise for her.

It was great to see Roy and the kids there, and although we were pretty spaced out from our travels, it was a great relaxing first day back in the UK, apart from the M25.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

21st June 2015

Well, we landed last night... very tired and picked up the hire car to head to the farm.

Jenny's sister Fiona was there to greet us, along with Chris, Chloe and Iona... what a lovely surprise.

Waking early this morning, I have already begun on my list of  "Things to do!"..

Firstly, uploading some photos from Bangkok. We went to an Escape Room in Bangkok. You spend an hour locked in a room, and have to figure out puzzles to get out... No phones were allowed, but we took a picture afterwards.

That evening I met with the students that I had taught to dive earlier this month. They took us out to a Tapas bar, and then on to a club called Titanium...

Towards the end of the night. Mark (the aussie student) stepped up on stage and smashed some tunes out on the drums... it was great!!  

The evening finished me off with some final shots in their Ice Bar section... bloody freeeezing!!

Friday, 19 June 2015

20th June 2015

Bangkok has been fun apart from the visit to the dentist.

Last night we met up with Mark & Rob, Simon's ex Open Water students who live and work in Bangkok.  They took us to a lovely little Tapas bar and then we went on to a club with live music. Mark plays the drums and managed to wangle his way on stage and do a few numbers, he was very good.    It was an alcohol fueled night and we are both paying for it, Simon more so as he's been sick multiple times and has now passed out  ..poor ole Si. 

Our flight has just been called after an hour delay next stop  ...London :-D  

Excited to see everyone!!