A wise man once said....

"When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen you may learn something new." Dalai Lama

Friday, 30 December 2011

Frogs And Things

Been sitting around relaxing fora few days. Imagine if I told you I shared my house with a frog. You'd start thinking of all those old fairy tales of princesses and things. Well I was looking at our dining room table and noticed the side 'support' had sagged. There was a slight bump in it which I decided to examing. It's a frog. It had remained there for about three days. It was last seen up on the Buddha shelf. How it moved around I do not know but can only assume it keeps the mosquitoes away!

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Christmas In Ban Muang

Rushed posting. Thought I would just upload these photos of our arriving home and finding a Christmas tree, outside fairy lights and the house ready for us. Meals did not include a turkey but we had a super bar b q and grilled pork so all in all a couple of very good evenings. video
Our dog Tiger was very happy to see us come back. Mem, Wanna's sister had been looking after him. Looking after him to well I can see as he is much too over weight. But he was excited to see us and has settled down and appears to have stopped running after our neighbours chickens, which you can imagine did not go down to well with them.
We plan to go up to Chang Mai tomorrow for a couple of days then down to Pattaya and Bangkok. All a bit hectic but we do seem to have a lot of people to get to see.
Tonight we take the Kids to the Khon Kaen night market for dinner and ice creams. Should be fun with plenty of activity and lots to see going on.
But for now I must leave posting Blogs and get back to my fishing....

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

A Few Fast Weeks

Been a busy few weeks. I went to Houston last week for a business trip. Was lucky enough to be there for an Office Team night. We all got to go and have an evening doing/undertaking a cooking course. We cooked (with help from three chefs) a three course meal. Was excellent, leak and salmon soup, stir fried prawns and then a beautiful poached fish and potato dish topped off with caramelised pears and sauce. No complaints about Houston...

Wanna meanwhile went off to a couple of staff parties of her own and judging by her photos seems to have had a really great time. Tells the ‘slight’ hangover added to the story to assure her it was worth the effort.

Finally after all that we bottled out first home brew beer last night. Neither of us are drinking much at all but the few times we have a beer it is normally at home. Drinking and driving is not worth the risk in Australia. Added to which it’s expensive and makes getting up in a morning hard work. Both hassles I can do without.

So possibly this is my last post before Christmas. Off to Thailand on Friday. Might add something while I’m over there. We’ll see time goes.
Have a wonderful Christmas and I look forward to you joining me on my journeys next year.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Big event for me last night. First public guitar performance. One song. I had chosen "Sunshine of your love' by the Cream. A 1968 track, and still one of my favourites. Went down well. The slide show attached to this post shows about you that 50 people turned up for the annual Gladstone Guitar School event. Its a showcase from the school to the students and an opportunity where we all get to play a song. Some students were very good. I was surprised some were still students...
Acoustic and electric guitars and some were singing. The Teacher is part of a Rock Band so we were lucky to have the bank along as our very own 'backing group'. And they were very patient! All in all a good night. Yes, I was nervous. You play every day at home and have no real idea if you are improving or not. Me, I now think another 12 months and I'll fell confident to stand up and play a few numbers. Trick now is to learn the songs properly and remember them... Not easy as you get older....

Slide show. Thats me in an orange 'T" shirt all hunched up over a guitar.