A whirlwind of socialising in and around London and in the Oxfordshire countryside,all the time enjoying the marvellous summer which just seems to go on and on and ... Keep Reading
This series of blogs is my way of bringing back wonderful memories. I took this beautiful photo very close to where I live and it reminds me that there's no place like home. My youngest daughter, Suzi, describes my walk around the Pauatahanui Inlet each morning as my 'happy place' and it is.
Of course, I have many memories and photos before this blog began. However, it was when I got to grips with the combination of the technology of the digital camera and blogging that I realized that I could record some special memories. Some people like to keep albums, others put their photos in the cloud but I like to research where I’ve gone, and write something about it so that the memories come to life every time I want a ‘happy fix’.
I’ve had feedback from friends about memories that have been triggered for them – about places where they were born, places they’ve gone to for a holiday or places where we’ve been together.
I hope you enjoy reading about some of my travels.
As is nearly always the case with very close friends and relations, nothing had changed except that all the children were, of course, four years taller! ... Keep Reading
It turned out to be a very auspicious time to be in London although I didn't know this would be the case when I arranged my holiday ... Keep Reading
What a great start to my first long-haul holiday for four years. How wonderful it has been to spend such quality time, relaxing in beautiful homes in Singapore both with family and with very old friends ... Keep Reading
So what were my impressions of Myanmar, now that I'm home and have had time to reflect? Certainly, I will remember the visit with a real sense of warmth towards the country and its people ... Keep Reading
Sunday was a lovely family day and we paid a visit to the Botanical Gardens. We all enjoyed a lovely final family evening and dinner together, glad that we’ll all be together again in New Zealand early in the New Year ... Keep Reading
This was our last half day in Myanmar and Adam decided that it was an ideal time to make an early morning visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most famous pagodas in the world and certainly the main tourist attraction for Yangon ... Keep Reading
More team training with some of the Yangon staff, equally enjoyable and rewarding, before slipping away for a lovely lunch at a beautiful hotel fairly near the city centre, but in a very tranquil setting ... Keep Reading
This was an opportunity to return to the Taunggyi office again, this time so that I could do a couple of hours of team training with the PRIME staff who work there It was an interesting experience to work with a group of people with very little English ... Keep Reading
For a long time, the temple area of Kakku was unknown to the outside world but we saw it today, steeped in history and remarkable in its extent and beauty ... Keep Reading
After such a full day yesterday, it was good to have a seriously cruisy day today and, just to see another sunset, we went for a few drinks at one of Myanmar's only two vineyards ... Keep Reading
Today was very different and full of activity. I've often spent a whole day sightseeing on land but to spend a whole day on a lake, getting in and out of a boat and seeing the most amazing attractions throughout the whole day was a whole new experience ... Keep Reading
As has always been the case throughout the trip, Celine and Ben were on hand to bid me farewell. I don't think I've ever been so spoiled in my whole life! After a short flight I could look forward to some serious R&R with my lovely son, daughter-in-law and little grandson ... Keep Reading
Today I went on a visit all by myself to Popa Taung Kalat (Mount Popa). The personal care that's been afforded throughout the whole of this cruise has been second to none. I had my own driver and my very own guide - all to myself ... Keep Reading
Today we visited Inwa, or Ava, which is an ancient imperial capital of successive Burmese kingdoms from the 14th to the 19th centuries. The visit provided a fascinating insight into village life and the transitions that have occurred throughout the country over the centuries ... Keep Reading