Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Dear William: Not all those who wander are lonely!

'I wandered lonely as a cloud...

Well, that’s as maybe in my new life, but since our arrival in Bangkok, 
a month ago, it’s been fun to wander around on my own. 
When you move countries your senses are on high alert. 
You feel life more. You hear more, smell more for sure, not all great!
 You definitely see more when you are not walking along chatting with friends. 

By the way, the finding friends bit is looking promising, 
I’ve met some lovely ladies in Bangkok. 
Phase two of the search for friends is do they have nice husbands? For Mr Wren!

We have high hopes we won't be wandering lonely for too much longer. 
Ermm, actually, have you seen our diaries? Even if we never meet anyone here,
it appears through the non-stop visitors arriving, 
that the world is coming to us! Yippee.

In the meantime, we took a quick trip to the UK to fill our lungs full of fresh air and to recharge ahead of the move into our longer term apartment... 

British countryside outside Henley on Thames
That floats on high o'er vales and hills, 

Well, I normally prefer to fly, 
but right now I quite fancy floating gently along, 
not much of that happening at the moment… 

I have no idea when are furniture will arrive, it's on its way but...  
We’ve just had a note from the removal company saying our container, 
you know, the one last seen broken down at the end of our Australian street is stuck in Singapore! At which point I was going to say, 
what the bleedin’ heck is it doing in Singapore? 
But that seemed rather pedantic. 

We get our new Bangkok apartment this weekend 
but I’m already suggesting with nothing to move in, 
we please excuse my French, Phuket and head to the beach.

Every cloud has a silver lining and all that… even lonely clouds!

The Queens daffodils are looking good at Windsor Castle
When all at once I saw a crowd, 

hello, hello is that ship ahoy, or just wishful thinking? 

Swans on the River Thames
A host, of golden daffodils; 

It has been lovely to be back in the UK these past two weeks. 
Yes, it’s chilly but that’s great, 
brushing your teeth under the tap of safe drinking water, 
eating an apple with only a cursory rubdown. 
All that great British food, 

What are you on they say? What about that wonderful Thai food? 
'Tis true the food here is great,
 but a good Pad Thai still can't compete with Mum's home cooking! 

It is a wonderful time of year in England, 
everything appearing bright and cheerful from a winter under wraps...

Beside the lake, beneath the trees, 

argh beautiful

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze...'. 

Hey, ho here we go again. 
Suitcases packed tick, passports packed tick, resilience packed 
and off we go dancing in the breeze, Bangkok-bound
See you on the other side of the world!

Linking with thanks to all the hosts at Our World Tuesday


Saturday, 11 March 2017

Keep Calm And Birthday On!

So far I'm onto my fourth country celebrating my birthday. Usually, I don't fuss much about birthdays, I'm not one for the big girls night out, or to treat myself with a big splurge...  

But this year is different. I've moved country. I now have a new visa in my passport enabling me to stay in the Kingdom of Thailand until May 2018. I'm away from the kids and the dog and Mr Wren looked at his work calendar, scratched his head and declared a meeting with dinner on my birthday.

I thought for a moment about pulling the old 'I can't believe you've got a meeting with dinner on my birthday AND it's International Women's Day' complaint, but wait a moment, no... That's a perfect excuse to celebrate with everyone, everywhere! 

'Hey, but I thought you said 
you never bothered much about birthdays...'

I can hear him call out as I am part way to booking a flight to Malaysia and using all his Airmiles for a return trip to the UK!

He's right, I've never made a fuss about birthdays, but that doesn't mean I never will. It's not a special birthday, except that it is a special birthday because everything's different...

Well, no worries. You can't keep a good Wren down and all that and if it's going to be, it's up to me... and so with a little help from my family and friends, including Mr Wren, who is now forgiven as he has given me the best birthday ever! Here is a run down on my amazing birthday week!

1. So this time last week I was cheering on my favourite tennis player, Irina Falconi at the Malaysian Open, exploring Kuala Lumpur and having a massive watermelon cocktail! Yes I know I hardly ever drink, but it's blooming thirsty work being the US official cheer squad, especially when the opponent is an on-fire Aussie, who eventually wins both the singles and doubles tournament. 

2. Then it was back to Bangkok for a few days. We celebrated my birthday early at an amazing restaurant with an opera singer between courses, not your traditional Thai restaurant, but a chance for me to forget my new Sweaty Betty lifestyle and pretend to be cultured. Even if I had to arrive in my flat shoes as you can't walk anywhere in high heels in Bangkok unless it's indoors on a nice smooth shopping centre or posh hotel floor!

3. Next, I ended up passing through Hong Kong, having just enjoyed the upgrade to Business Class hence the champagne. Thanks, Cathay Pacific and I didn't even mention my birthday. That flight was two hours of stretching out because you can, you know pushing every button and seeing how many ways you can get the chair to recline. Until the air hostess appears at my seat with her jolly "you called" voice... Oops did I?

I'm loving this life and having sadly been thrown off the plane for my connection in Hong Kong, I'm at the Tom Ford counter buying a ridiculously expensive replacement for my four-year-old Boots No 7 lippy! Well, it's my birthday splurge... 

I like the Tom Ford brand he describes the Tom Ford customers as "international, cultured, well travelled and possessing disposable income... for females" he adds: 

"strong women, ... intelligent women,
 who know how to enjoy their birthdays". 

Noo, he didn't,  I added that bit.

I only knew what he meant about having the disposable income once I'd done the currency conversion! Hmmm, maybe I'm not a typical Tom Fordie after all! Oops too late.

4. So final stop the UK and it's "fresh" here as the lady in front of me on the plane called it as we disembarked the aircraft. 

"Oh yes, it is and it's wonderful all that fresh, fresh air!" 

I sang as I leapt off the plane. Oh my golly, gosh what a massive relief to be back in all that cool air! So finally time to catch up with Mum and Dad and have a little time to stop and smell the daffs!

5. Then last but not least, someone else had a birthday this week. Our Crazy Poodle turned eight. He must have been having a lot of birthday cake because he put on over half a kilo in weight, this week. So clearly, he's back to being on good form after his illness: Happy Birthday Big Boy! I'm missing you, even if you're not missing us!

Thanks to everyone who has made my birthday so special and for all the lovely Happy Birthday messages on my Little Wren Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages! It has meant a lot.

Love, Wren x

Linking with Five on Friday 
thanks to Amy at Love Made My Home