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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Moving to Rawai

After 10 months in Chalong, we decided to move further south on the island of Phuket to the community of Rawai. It is almost a flip move being about the same distance from the traffic cericle in Chalong to the south , as we were to the north. Access to our usual markets, the vet and shops are actually closer!

While we liked the house in Chalong, the issue was more to do with the landlord relationship.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Welcome Sweden

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Essential Snake Book

Having come here, we were aware that there are a large variety of snakes. I am not a particular fan, but with the sunshine, beaches and food, must come some balance, so snakes and spiders are just part of the trade off. While we had a book on the animals of Thailand, the section on snakes contains about 16 photographs. I have seen about 4 now, and none of them were in the book. I have also tried to look them up on the internet, but the phrase long, brown snake Thailand is not a very well defined search parameter it seems.

In a previous posting I recalled Grace and her snake chasing (What was that?). We have been very careful about the dogs and snakes as we have heard,  about dogs being bitten and dying instantly. Clive even went on-line and researched how to treat a snake bite in the event he ever had to deal with it. For those not caught up to the current practices, or you heard one too many jokes about a snake bite and sucking out the poison.

Monday, January 3, 2011

A New Year Begins-Reflections of 2010

It is perhaps the time of the year that nostalgia takes root and we find the time to reflect on the past year. This has been particularly true here, as the past 2 days have  been the most quiet since we came here. Even the moo shop is closed. New Years day it seemed like the world had stood still. No neighbor scrub boarding clothes at 630 in the morning. No motorbikes zipping up and down the moo at 7AM. The Burmese work camp was silent, and remained so for the next 24 hours. The reasons probably clear enough as I had seen them out with cheap whiskey and Leo beer and an amplifier at 3AM and they looked like they still had a few hours of dancing left in them.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Years Eve in Phuket

Deb, Blaze and Gary Set Off Their Floating Lantern

It has been many, many years since we went out for New Years eve celebrations. With company here visiting from Canada, and at the invitation of our friends Deb, Gary and their son Blaze, we decided to venture out to see what it would be like for New Years in Phuket. From having often gone to bed before it was actually midnight, we went to seeing midnight in and then spent a few more hours celebrating. I was the designated driver, so I choose to bloat myself on Coca Cola instead.