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Took a 10-hour executive overnight coach down from Bangkok to Ko Samui. Inclusive transfer by boat for an hour and a half trip over to the island and taxi ride to the Relax Hotel at Cheng Mon for a total cost of £20.60p per person, I count that as a bargain

Now, just waiting for the weather to improve. Came south with the hope of getting some sunshine, however, the last couple of days have been overcast with occasional rain.

Well goodness me..the weather didn’t disappoint! It’s a consistent C30 & clear blue skies day after day.

26.07.17 The weather has improved and the sun seems to be showing through the cloud much more regularly than hitherto.Hired a moped and went for a mooch around the island. Found a pretty little village located on the north side called Fisherman’s Cove, ( I guess that is a contrived name for the benefit of the tourists).

Made an appointment at a Dentist as a crown needs replacing. Should get it done for around Baht 8000 (£182).

02.08.17 Wednesday Down to the beach again today. The tan has come on really well with all the good weather we have been having. Only a short time left here as we will be making way back to Bangkok on Sunday for a couple of days. Then it is out to Brisbane to see our grand daughter.

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Got back to Manchester from Malta on 11.01.17 after another “stupid o’clock” flight. Picked up a hire car and got over to Rossendale for a doctor’s appointment. Picked up some clothes and then over to the Wirral to see some friends. Having spent four days back in “Blighty” the Sunday 15.01.17 at Manchester airport again for a sleep on their very comfortable, though uncompromising steal seating for an 06:10 “check in” for a trip to Budapest for some dental work, and as it turned out some whooping cough vaccines. Budapest was freezing! Five days later we’re on for a quick hop to Berlin and transfer going to Abu Dhabi.img_3596 A two day layover there, and finally out to Brisbane and a transfer to Sydney.

Bondi Beach, the proverbial stomping ground of the "Beautiful People", Surfers & Sharks

Bondi Beach, the proverbial stomping ground of the “Beautiful People”, Surfers & Sharks

The whole point of the trip was that on the 15.01.17our first grand daughter Amelie was born into the world. Two weeks earlier than the anticipated 31.01.17 forecast date. Babies do have a habit of generating frenetic activity don’t they?

Unfortunately, we appear to have picked up a chest infection which precludes us seeing our grand daughter until it clears up and we can make it back up to Brisbane to see her.

Tuesday 24.01.17 after a stonkingly good nights sleep, lazy start, and a coffee, ambled down Bondi road to the beach and Bondi Surf Sea Food store to pick up some salmon, Bondi Fruitologist for spinach & tomatoes and a few tinnies from Kemnies. Crickey! it’s pricey though (AUD49.47 or £30). Our prospective son in law, being something of a “gourmand” employing his skills as a chef provided an exquisite salmon dinner presented in his own inimitable way. It was delicious.

Looking down on the eponymous Bridge.

Looking down on the eponymous Bridge.

Last time we were here the bridge was “alive” with fire works, colours and smoke bringing in the new year 2014.

As an aside, it seems that the new U.S. president “The Donald” has made a whirlwind start with a whole swathe of new legislation plus ridding the State Department of many Obama acolytes.

I hope that our incapacity does not make our planned trip north too protracted.

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