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It's not a Happy New Year here in Australia

Hello, everyone. Greetings from Australia I hope you are all doing well wherever you are reading this.
As I'm sure you've heard, things are not so good here in my part of the world. 2019 was Australia's hottest and driest on record. Our 2020 started, as the last century ended, with a New Year inferno. Devasting bushfires, record temperatures and air pollution at critical levels have made news across the world.
A massive thank you to all of you who have contacted me with love and concern asking how you can help with our current bushfire disaster.

We live in harrowing times, our news is filled with images that are sometimes beyond belief. My family and home in suburban Melbourne are all fine. For us, other than disrupted holiday plans, and the polluted air, we are largely unaffected. 
Except that sometimes everything seems to have changed,  and at others, life goes on. It is the weirdest of times.
It is the saddest of times, especially for those who are directly affected by these tr…
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My Colourful Thai Life

Hello, hello how are you all today?  All is good here in Thailand  where life continues to be one long riot of colour!

Won't you come on a wander with me and I'll show what we've been up to?  Last week's colourful Christmas photos were just the beginning...

We might have been a riot of colour but it's been a pretty zen week. We filled up a minibus of ladies and went off exploring. Oh, we did have some laughs, 
luckily they all have an amazing sense of adventure!
We were recreating some of my International Blog Winner's Trip 
with the Tourism Authority of Thailand, where we went off the beaten track:
Finding Zen Bliss in Nakhon Nayok

Last weekend we went on a road trip to Lopburi Province in Central Thailand. The area is famous for its sunflowers. It took a bit of searching as the season is later due to drought, and we were all the happier when we did eventually find sunflowers! On Monday was the most beautiful of the Thai Festivals
Loy Krathong: the festival of lanterns and li…

All things bright and beautiful in Bangkok... and very Christmassy!

Hello everyone

How is your week going? I hope you're having a wonderful Wednesday. Here is a lotus flower for you. Isn't it incredible? I picked it on one of my recent trips in rural Thailand to spend some time with the Ban Laem Community. They rowed me out into the middle of the pond, like a Princess to pick it!
Oh me, oh my what a life!

Mind you, if you can see the photo below I had to walk the gangplank of the bamboo path to get into the boat! You can read more about this here:

The Ban Laem Community, Suphanburi, Thailand

All good here, although I'm missing being in Australia at the moment as it is the Spring Racing carnival's Melbourne Cup weekend. It's a lovely time of year, spring is one of the best times anywhere in the world don't you agree?

We've not got any horses here but we do have loads of animals in my corner of the world.  Whereever I go in Bangkok,  I always seem to find the elephant in the room. Haha!

Guess what happened out our way this we…

Awesome Asian adventures!

Hello everyone how is your week going?  All is good here in Thailand and I am thankful for it.
Happy Friendship Friday!

. Our newspapers announced that winter had officially started. Not so you'd officially know it, but thinking about it, I've been less of a sweaty mess! And last weekend I had to jump in the pool quickly as it was quite chilly.

We've not long been back from Japan where we had an amazing holiday. We got caught up in Typhoon Hagibis
which caused widespread devastation and loss of life across Japan.
Here's my tribute to the staff at the Imperial, Tokyo,
we are grateful for their care and attention during Japan's worse storm in living memory:  Impeccable, Imperial Hotel 

We had been in Japan to watch the World Cup Rugby. Our match England v France was cancelled because of the storm However, by Sunday, everything was calm and beautiful in Tokyo.
We really enjoyed our wander around the city and even found a rugby shine.  Here fans were encouraged to go a…

Wandering Japan Land of the Big Typhoon and rising Rugby Sun.

Kon'nichiwa, hello from Japan I hope your week is going well.  Ours is, although we're keeping an eye on the super typhoon heading our way.

We're in Tokyo for the Rugby World Cup and in between matches to walk the Nakasendo trail. This is a pretty hike up and down through the mountains between the old postal villages between Tokyo to Kyoto. The track dates back to the feudal period and we have enjoyed this historic route immensely.
It seems like half the people we meet are here for the rugby and we've had many wonderful conversations along the way. Sport is such a great connector of people don't you think?
 Each night we are staying at the traditional Japanese Ryokan Inns with their communal bathing onsens.

Mind you, I've worked out pretty quickly that if you are staying at the same place as us,
chances are I'm going to be seeing you butt naked at the communal bathing area later.
So forgive me if I might not be as chatty as usual. Oh, we have some tales to…