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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…

Bye from the Australian Open!

We all get withdrawal feelings after the tennis, it takes up so much of our lives in January. Gee it's exhausting, mostly because we also get gripped by the night matches on the television and stay up really late! We have been lucky to have been down at Melbourne Park six times over the Australian Open tennis championships. We have cheered home our favourite players at round one matches on the outside courts, to the Mixed Doubles and Men's finals at Rod Laver Arena. 



We have not been alone. Over 700,000 people have also been at the tennis in 2016. The players call the Aussie Open the Happy Slam and it's easy to see why. The fans are plentiful, often dressed in fancy dress and completely over the top in favour of cheering in local talent. Although there is mixed support for some of the antics of some of our young Australian men!



The weather is gorgeous, when it's not stinking hot or pouring with rain all day. But even then, we have three covered arenas, two with retractab…

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…