Back in Blighty

What a busy five weeks! We’ve visited a vast array of friends and family, eaten a terrible number of pies, pastries, cakes and biscuits, and been constantly amazed at how beautiful, green, clean and sensible England is.

We even popped up to Scotland and it was even more beautiful than England! Lauren loved it so much she decided to stay, so there will be an empty seat on the plane.

Six more days then we fly back to sunny Cambodia. Huzzah!

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So many amazing desserts at the Wensleydale Pantry
So many amazing desserts at the Wensleydale Pantry
Cycling from Thorne to Epworth.
Cycling from Thorne to Epworth.
Endless greenery.
Endless greenery.
Skipton Castle
Skipton Castle
Skipton Castle
Skipton Castle
Walking in the woods with the Duerdens
Walking in the woods with the Duerdens

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Fabulous view from the Peace's spare room!
Fabulous view from the Peace’s spare room!
Last meal at a park in Leith before taking Lauren to her new job.
Last meal at a park in Leith before taking Lauren to her new job.
Lauren at her new job, working in a residential home in Leith, near Edinburgh.
Lauren at her new job, working in a residential home in Leith, near Edinburgh.

Les Manguiers

Lovely holiday at Les Manguiers in Kampot. We kayaked, went caving and swam in the river. Evenings were cool and the company was the best.

Eating at the Magic Sponge with the Kwons, Robert Dunham and Fiona Lee.
Eating at the Magic Sponge with the Kwons, Robert Dunham and Fiona Lee.
The jetty at Les Manguiers
The jetty at Les Manguiers
Caving
Caving

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Mr Dunham jumps the crevasse!
Mr Dunham jumps the crevasse!
Matt and Amos chillin'
Matt and Amos chillin’

Bangkok Finger Op

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Spent the weekend in Bangkok having Matt’s finger re-broken and re-set, as Cambodia doesn’t have a specialist hand orthopaedic surgeon.

Bangkok Hospital
Bangkok Hospital

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All went well, not just the hospital visit but the flights there and back too. Just Matt and me, no Cath to tell us which queue to wait in or which plane to get on!

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Eating duck noodle soup in a roadside restaurant, Bangkok
Eating duck noodle soup in a roadside restaurant, Bangkok

A Sunday without a Monday

During the maelstrom of lesson prep, grading and report writing that is term time, Sundays provide a welcome respite. Time to put away the work of the week and focus on more important things. 

But as the sun begins its descent and the shadows lengthen, thoughts turn inevitably to tomorrow’s timetable, and what we’re teaching year seven.

Except on those blessed, delightful though infrequent afternoons when we glance grudgingly at the four o’clock, only to realise, “It’s a Sunday without a Monday! Huzzah!”

No school tomorrow 🙂 

 

Pizza NZ

Having spent two hours last night failing to order pizza delivery for Cath’s birthday last night, we were immensely happy to notice this new banner, 100m from our house, for ‘opening soon’ Pizza NZ, across from the park on street E.

 It ‘s a two-person team: Dimey looks after the customers whilst mum Maly makes mozzarella magic in the kitchen. Maly learnt her pizza-making in New Zealand, hence the name. Grand opening Monday – see you there!

Church Retreat at Bronze Lake

The majority of the congregations of ICF North and South headed to Bronze  Lake, an extremely well-appointed hotel about three hours from Phnom Penh. Activities included swimming & water slides, tennis, cycling and a zip line across the lake.

Both mind and body were well fed, with the theme ‘Wisdom’ being explored through Job and Ecclesiastes, whilst the Swiss-trained chef served up Western food the like of which I’ve not tasted in the Kingdom of Wonders.

Bonfire Night 2015

This year we celebrated November 5th on the land opposite the new HOPE North campus.

Staff and parents, British and ‘other’ brought a range of traditional winter foods to celebrate  the attempted annihilation of King and Parliament.

We had a great evening – massive thank you to everyone who helped make it a memorable evening.

The Walking Market

Every sunday, Chiang Mai will shut off several streets from traffic and transform the area into a huge colourful market. There’s cheap streetfood, incredible art and beautiful clothes all for sale, and prices range from 10 to 400 baht but little over. The food areas are seperate and easy to spot and access down the market, usually in temple courtyards and sell everything from sushi and thai spicy soups to the best fried chicken I’ve ever eaten for 15 baht and customisable smoothies at 30 baht.

The shops and café’s on the streets it runs down are still open, so if you feel the need to get a quick coffee somewhere quieter, there’s always the option to duck into one of those. There are also toilets for 15 baht a go at the fourway junction of the market near the centre, in the corner of a small courtyard of cafés.

My family loved it so much we went twice, both times finding real gems for ourselves and as gifts, including two rubber-band wooden pistols at 90 baht each for both the boys! It’s recommend to go from 4pm to 6pm, as that gives plenty of time to explore and leaves time to walk back to your hotel before it gets too dark, as the taxis will overcharge particularly highly if you come out the walking market.