Songkran is at long last behind us for another year, (phew!… it only lasted about 3 weeks…) and I’ve posted some final Songkran photos (above) of Lek and Song when they went out to play at the lake, just down the road from our home.
My apologies for the lack of a blog last week. I hope you appreciate that for now my novel must take priority, so my ‘once a fortnight blog’ policy will probably continue until the book is finished.
My best estimates at the moment are that it will be ready for publication at the end of August, early September. (More about the book below, in the ‘red’ section)
Lek and I are becoming excited about our forthcoming trip to the old country. She has now received her tourist visa, (no easy feat these days), and all systems are go. We will be dividing our time between my brother, who lives in Tonbridge, my eldest daughter, (Birmingham), and my youngest daughter, with her new baby, my grandson, (Stamford, Links).
When we are in Tonbridge we will make at least two trips to London by train, and on one of them we will be going to see the musical ‘Miss Saigon’ with my brother and his wife.
I have seen this show before, but it is one of my all-time favourite musicals, (the others being, Les Mis, Evita and Carousel), and I want to see how they have updated the production. I am also sure that Lek will enjoy the music and be able to follow the plot – half of which is set in Bangkok. I might write a review of it after we’ve seen the show.
I’m also planning to go to Kew Gardens as Lek loves gardens and flowers and we’ll also pay a visit to some of the West End stores – maybe Harrods and Selfridges. (Strictly window-shopping, of course.).
We did the ‘Buck’ Palace, Big Ben, St Pauls, Tower of London, Thames cruises etc.on our last trip, two years ago. The photos from that trip can be found by clicking the links below:-
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At the foot of today’s Mobi-Babble, I have posted a collection of pics entitled: “Song at Silverlake”, taken by Lek during their recent visit.
Silverlake is a vineyard, flower gardens, and much more, (as you can see from the pics), which is about a half hour’s drive south of Pattaya City and if you’re coming for a holiday to Pattaya, it is well worth a day out. It’s not far from Nong Nooch and a lot cheaper – actually its free.
About ten days ago, the temperatures here were hovering in the low 40’s C (105 F). It was so hot that the fans were blowing hot, humid air – making it even more uncomfortable. I confess that for a couple of afternoons I retreated into my bedroom and turned on the air-con.
Then the storms arrived and since then, the temperatures have generally been a little cooler and often a lot cooler as the sky darkens, the wind blows and the rain falls in buckets.
Apparently, I cannot call these storms, ‘tropical storms’, as that particular epithet is only given to storms that are much fiercer than the ones that we have been experiencing over the past few weeks. In truth, I have seen worse here, but they were still pretty violent and did considerable damage in both Bangkok and Pattaya.
How about calling them ‘mini-tropical storms’? Is that acceptable?
Lek’s son, Neung, is back from his aunt’s house in Samut Songkhram, and we now back to a family of four, plus the three dogs. Neung seems to have grown, but maybe it’s my imagination. He is a very big and tall young man and is now a good head taller than his mum. Little Song is so skinny and tiny. But I think she’s grown a little since she’s been here. We’re feeding her up on milk and all kinds of nourishing goodies.
I confess that if you had asked me five years ago if I ever thought that I would have a young family again, I would have laughed at you, and said that you must be crazy.
But here I am and here they are, so even at my advanced age, life continues its strange and unpredictable course.
Having to support a family does add to the general stress I am under, as my funds are fast dwindling. I am putting all my hopes in my book, and nobody knows better than I, how tenuous that hope is.
Very few authors ever make enough money to live on, and a vast majority never make anything at all. However, my needs are modest, so I live in hope. One of my regular ‘readers’ is convinced I am writing a best seller. We shall see.
In the meantime, I try to put it the money problems to the back of my mind and enjoy having a family around me. Both kids love their mum to bits and they all seem so happy to be here, together in Pattaya.
Peace and quiet are a thing of the past, but I am okay with that. Most writers like to lock themselves away in a quiet room with no disturbances, but I am quite impervious to the noise and shouting around me.
I sit at a long table against the lounge wall, just outside the kitchen. There is a huge window in front of me, which I leave open so that any breezes outside waft over me. I have a good view of the pool, the garden and even a bit of the road beyond, so I never feel cut off from everything.
I have always had my internet radio playing at low volume on my computer, although I often go for hours without listening to a single item broadcast; it is just a noise in the background.
Occasionally when some particular news item or interesting topic catches my attention, I stop writing for a while and listen. Then back to my book.
The same goes for the family – bustling and screaming around me – I am in my own zone, and they rarely bother me or disturb my writing.
‘Touch wood’, my stomach has been behaving much better than it has in quite a while. Apart from a 48-hour period when I think it was very upset due to some dodgy old food I ate, I have been having the best bowel movements I have ‘enjoyed’ in a very long time.
When I went to see the doc back in March, he doubled some of my stomach medications and at long last, they seem to be working. I am keeping my fingers crossed that my health will stay this way for my trip to England, as nothing is more debilitating than constant stomach pains and frequent trips to the loo. It wears me out.
To coincide with the UK general election, today, I have written a longish article on politics and politicians. I do hope you enjoy it, and please feel free to comment.
I don’t expect everyone to agree with me – It would be a funny old world if you did…
Lek and Song at Silverlake – April, 2015