31 December 2018
Christmas week with my Mum in Abingdon. Mild weather. Nice for walking. Christmas Eve diner with brother Tim and family.
Mum is in her own world – not unhappy. Just a different place from the rest of us.
We were in Paris from 18-22 December. Always nice to walk around and for the most part the weather was kind. Paris is a walking city – even if Tai doth protest!
Though the walk from the Champs Elysee to Galerie Lafayette was maybe a bit too far.
A few pictures from the phone.
Of course Paris is also a city of romance – or an excuse to keep your hands warm!
16 December 2018
A day out in Folkestone. Enjoyable. Sunny start to the day. Nice walk and lunch.
Took the high speed train from St Pancras which uses the Eurostar tracks – and gets to Folkestone in an hour.
15 December 2018
The coldest and wettest day ever! And we had tickets for Watford v Cardiff City. SO off we went. Just as we got to the ground the deluge started. For gbp40 there really should be a roof over the seats. But no. We were able to move into a covered high corner for the second half as other people left.
We did score three terrific goals – but the weather was foul.
Dinner in the city afterwards and the train back from Watford High Street.
14 December 2018
Arrived in London last night – it is literally freezing here.
Flights on Qatar from Chiang Mai via Doha – both on 787s. There were just 17 passengers (including the one lonely figure in Business) on the flight from Chiang Mai to Doha. Great for passengers – awful for airline economics.
Qatar really does need to do a better job marketing this flight in Northern Thailand.
As for the 787; the food is ok – the ife is average – the legroom ruined by the huge IFE boxes, the ones in the window seats are especially intrusive and mean that it is very hard to stretch your legs and the 3-3-3 seating means very narrow seats – if you are sitting next to anyone you will be filling eachother’s space. The A350 with 3-3-3 is so much more spacious. The 787 is an accountant’s airplane – the A350 is a passenger’s airplane.
4 December 2018
The new Bangkok apartment is fitted and furnished. It is cosy! Just 30 sq metres. One bedroom, bathroom and a very small living, dining and kitchen area. But there is plenty of storage; a decent bathroom, a view of the large pool, space for a washing machine.
Small but perfectly formed!
And it appears well managed by the Major company.
We took ownership on the Friday morning; then had deliveries and installation of tv, washing machine, fridge and water heater in the afternoon. Saturday was the day for wallpapering and curtain hanging. Sunday was Ikea – and Homepro – and Index Living Mall. Tuesday was deliverday day for carpets and other Ikea bits. And on Wednesday – a holiday – I rested with a migraine the size of Texas and then went back to Chiang Mai.