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This little bird is off on her wanders again!

Hello from Thailand where we are slowly but surely  emerging from those dreary days of lockdown!
We remain under our Covid-19 Emergency Decree.  However, things are reopening and big news for me, we are able to travel now between provinces. This means there is a whole country out there with none of the expected 40 million tourists this year that Thailand had hoped for. Our skies are blue and our air is clear.
There still no news as to when tourists will be allowed to enter the country. So until this happens, I will not be leaving Thailand as I won't be able to get back in! In the meantime, although I would love to see family in the UK and Australia, I fully intend to make the most of exploring Thailand and putting my Baht into domestic tourism.

Would you like to come for a wander with me and see what I have been up to since I last posted? I have been posting over on my (now only) Thailand Travel Blog and would love you to come over here and say hello.

A Love letter to the Hoteliers of …

Good, Random, Fun in Bangkok

Hello everyone, how are you today? I hope you are keeping well in these strange Coronavirus times. All is good with us in Thailand, we are still socially distancing at home. So for a little distraction thank you for joining me for some Good, Random, Fun!


Good



I love the way our COVID-19 lockdowns across the world have started a flurry of communications with friends and family across the globe. 
Today I have a Zoom conference call with the D-block girls. Us D-block girls were thrown together in university dorms back in the day. If we all make the call, this will be the first time we have all been together since the late 1980s!
We have also been invited to join House Party meetups with our kids in Australia and Europe. Between this, and WhatsApp calls, which always seem to have the video turned on, there is nowhere to hide.

Random

Anyone else finding the pressure of all these video calls is doing wonders for NOT slobbing around in your trackie daks all day? 
Not only am I dressing smarter than…

Greetings from Thailand - Waving not drowning!

Greetings from Bangkok. Here I am your little Wren - waving not drowning at you!

This was the name of the bath bombs I used to buy from Lush on arrival for a new life in Australia. It was sold as a fast fizzer, soothing and calming as it contained lavender and ylang-ylang. It was perfect for me all those years ago moving into the unknown.

I have a feeling 'waving not drowning' bath bombs sadly no longer sold, would be good for us all now. If anyone wants to set up a fast business, I'll buy enough for the entire world and let's see what we can do!



Here in Thailand, we are doing fine. I feel like the whole world has now caught up with coronavirus dramas which were uppermost in my mind (amongst other things!) for my last "Little Wobbly Wren' post.

An earlier post Life and Travel in Covid-19 Times  will bring you up to date with some of the actions we have been taking to keep ourselves safe at this time in our part of the world.



We like many are staying home and self-i…

Little Wobbly Wren

Hello everyone and how are you doing? For those of you in the depths of winter hang on in there. I'm sure Spring is just around the corner! 

I had a memorable few weeks in January. Summer in Australia is usually my favourite time of year. This year it had a few challenges!

Weather:


Here in Australia, after thebushfirescame the much-needed rains. I have never seen the parks and gardens of Melbourne looking so lush in February. We had everything, and the kitchen sink, thrown at us weather-wise. The year continued with cyclones, flooding and storms pounding our country.
I spotted this Melbourne street art and agreed with its sentiments.



Our cars were pitted from the hail damage from a tropical storm and we seem to be constantly clearing up from dust storms which have covered us in a red layer. 
No-one will ever dare complain as we are lucky compared with those who lost loved ones, property and businesses and the devastation to the wildlife. We rejoiced on the days when the sky was blue, th…

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…