Thinking on the Cold

For those of us who live in the tropics and enjoy (if you prefer, replace with a verb of choice) a whole year of warm weather, travel to colder climes is a treat.

It baffles friends why we choose to spend many a Christmas in London; after all, why go when it’s so cold and likely to rain.  Apart from visiting family which is always precious, we do enjoy cold weather so it is a welcome respite for us.  And the promise of snow at Christmas is exciting!

Just thinking of skating outdoors in the crisp cold while I look out the window towards another blistering day!

Feature Photo: taken December 2016 at the skating rink in front of the Natural History Museum, London.  In response to Daily Post’s Wanderlust.

Bangkok’s Night Sky

Travelling is …

… family time

… new sights, sounds and smells

… the people

… the food

… a whole new world!

Feature photo: taken from Above Eleven, where we sampled Peruvian- Japanese cuisine and enjoyed the view.    In response to Daily Post’s Challenge: Wanderlust

Running in Bangkok

This is the picture I have in mind when I think of Bangkok traffic: a dense conglomeration of vehicles!  The pedestrian walkways are not much better during rush hour: people thronging on the uneven pavement, stopping occasionally amidst the push & pull of the crowd to buy food or knick-knacks from carts which line the busier streets. Continue reading “Running in Bangkok”

Beautiful & Thoughtful: the gift and the giver

This lovely purple furoshiki is a gift from Older Daughter.  She returned from a 2-week tour of Japan with her grandparents last night, and this is the beautiful & thoughtful gift she brought me; purple is my favourite colour, of course, and the double-sided pattern is very artistic!  The furoshiki is used by the Japanese to wrap all sorts of things;  Older Daughter says it is for me to use as a backdrop for my food pics.

A mother’s heart warmed.

When is a Smiley Face not just a smiley face?

Flying cheerfully & enthusiastically atop Somerset House when we visited a couple of months ago was this unexpected sight.  This Smiley flag was raised to commemorate Utopia 2016:  a year of Imagination & Possibility, celebrating the 500th Anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia. Continue reading “When is a Smiley Face not just a smiley face?”

Glittering Grass

As I sit at my usual window spot at Starbucks, I enjoy the airconditioning which makes an overcast & muggy day pleasant.  As I daydream in the relative cool, I  recall a message from my aunt in London that temperatures had climbed up to 18 degrees centigrade yesterday! Unseasonably hot for them.

While we had bemoaned the lack of snow while we were in London in December & January, it certainly wasn’t 18 degrees.  And we did have a flurry morning, so we did get to enjoy some of the magic of winter. Continue reading “Glittering Grass”