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Koh Samui island life

It's been a lovely week on Koh Samui Island, not that we've done much. It's the Thai New Year Songkran holiday and one of the busiest times of the year for travel. We've been Island hopping, last week Koh Phangan, the party island This week the more sophisticated, Bophut Beach on Koh Samui.
I first arrived on the island of Koh Samui in the early 1980's. Back then we seemed to travel for days on the bus, train and a boat to arrive. Now it's less than one hours flight from Bangkok. It was an idyllic paradise for me, of beach huts under the coconut trees. It still has its charm, don't you think? Even though I no longer arrive with my backpack!

We have been back to Koh Samui on several occasions since then, I still love Koh Samui. This time have chosen to stay close to the airport on Bhoput beach and close to Fisherman's village. It was a perfect place for us to kick back relax and unwind. The hardest decision of the day was where to have dinner!



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Friendship Friday!

Hello dear friends in Blogland. How are you doing? I am pleased to be here for Friendship Friday
I've had a great week and have well and truly settled back into my Asian life  where I am enjoying making new friends both locally and in here in the blogosphere.


I've had fun, I have joined a new group - the American Women's Club of Thailand.
Why the American's when you're a British Aussie? You may well ask. Well firstly they take anyone, these Expat women's groups really are not that fussy!

Well, except for the ANZWG Group where you need to be closely associated with Australia and New Zealand. I am, I have the passport and I have a family, home and of course an Aussie Crazy Poodle Down Under and I miss my Melbourne life terribly,  but my life in Thailand is more about meeting women from around the globe.

I have always had lots of American friends, I chat with many Americans via my blog...

... anyway they let this little bird in and she's chirpy about that!
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My crazy busy Aussie Winter!

Dearest Blog friends
I am sorry it's been a while. A one-legged soccer player and a three-legged crazy poodle have been taking up much of my time Down Under. The dog is off his anti-inflammatories and daughter number two is out of her moon boot and the crutches have gone. Roll on the end of the football season and getting everyone as fit and healthy as normal I say!



August is a great month in Melbourne, the worst of the winter is behind us, the days are getting longer and the strength is building in the sunshine. Good news for Melbournians, bad news for the farmers of New South Wales and Queensland, who desperately need some rain to break our terrible drought.
On a cheerier note, all around me, the yellow wattle trees are bursting forth. It's the Australian version of 'a host of golden daffodils fluttering and dancing in the breeze'. 
Isn't it gorgeous?

My slower pace of life in Australia gives me time for strength and renewal after a frenetic life constantly on the mov…

We're football crazy, we're football mad...

The European Summer of 2018, just like the Summer of ’76,  will long be remembered as a great one. 
It has been very relaxed. 
Indeed perfect for eating outdoors, family get-togethers,  watching tennis and attending the Henley Royal Regatta.

The Summer of 76 Club made me feel pretty old. 
It was one of the driest, sunniest and warmest British summers (June/July/August) in the 20th century,  and those of us who remember it, do so with great affection!


England had a welcome distraction from the politics of Brexit, by making good progress in the FIFA World Cup Football 2018. English flags fluttered across the land and Gareth Southgate’s young English team had us believing the impossible that like their win in  1966 ‘Football’s Coming Home’
Personally, it has been really exciting,
we've been in Russia to watch the football.  Whaaaaat, I hear you say?
You can read all about our adventures 
by clicking on the links to each post below:

Getting my sport on!

I've got that many flags in my suitcase.  I've decided I'm a professional 'cheerer-on'er'. Is that is a word? 
United States:Lovely Irina!Australia:Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, England:'ere we go, 'ere we go ere we go ohBelgium: Allez! Not to mention Mexico: Vamos! .... and any other friends I pick up along the way.
It's been an exhausting summer of sport and I'm only just watching...
You can catch up with some of the action from  Nottingham's Nature Valley Open a pre-Wimbledon lawn tennis tournament:
Anyone for WTA Lawn Tennis, Nottingham


It's a quick turn around as we land in Moscow for the FIFA World Cup.  You can catch some of the football action here:
From Russia with love


We have been in Russia to celebrate the World Cup,  our son's 21st Birthday present. He was born in Belgium so we are cheering loudly for Belgium You can catch up with more of the action from Moscow via my  Little Wandering Wren Instagram @lwwren
Loved the Belgium fans!


Well, I'…

Bangkok life!

I'm sorry my blogging has been rather intermittent recently, I've been dealing with my own dramas.
Well actually if I'm honest the dramas were all my own doing, It's a shame I never took up acting. As in the last few months, I would have won top awards as a Drama Queen, par excellence.


I had a major meltdown, hated Bangkok, my life continually on the move and the focus of my fury was our new apartment. It was such a shame that it was all my own decision to move into the 'shithole' as I loved to call it. Which actually was totally unfair, as amongst the issues were that we had a real problem with the plumbing and the toilet blocked! I won't continue my train of thought on this one.
Of course, long term Bangkok'ers just rolled their eyes, with a 'yep, get a grip' sort of a look. It was classic culture shock, which hit me by surprise, let's face it I've been living abroad for 25 years now. 
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Brilliant Britain in the Spring

It has been a long, hard and bleak British winter which has made Spring  all the more delightful for everyone, and especially wonderful for me  arriving in the UK from the hot and humid tropics.

Of course, we arrived to for a quick visit to catch up with family and friends  to find everyone apologising for the dismal, cold weather  - not at all I said, I love it cool these days!

We've had a wonderful time, enjoying beautiful Britain in the Spring.  Everything seems particularly green this year.
The flowers are out to delight, we just love the tulips at Dyrham House and the bluebells woods are stunning. By the May Bank holiday weekend, the weather was being reported as a 28-degree scorcher. Yeah right, it was spot on perfect for me. 
I'm heading back to Bangkok this week where the temperature will be scorching no fib!

I have finished off my Blogging from A to Z (2018) Challenge. Thank you to everyone who has popped over to find me at my new space on the internet. In case you m…