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Homeward bound

Monday, September 15, 2014

I am so relieved at the prospect of staying still in our house in New Zealand. Our eldest son has mown our lawns and posted photos on Facebook. There's lots of work on the horizon part of which is gardening. It is spring in New Zealand we dodged winter I'm pleased to say. We have lots of resolutions like exercising, cutting down on calories and being generally organized. Two days ago I tracked my breakfast and lunch because my husband kept on passing comments on the amount I was eating. I was horrified at the numbers and kept a note of what I'd eaten. Breakfast consisted of most of my daily allowance. In the evening we had dinner at a friend's house which was mostly veg. Today we ate out at a mall and it wasn't exactly a pleasant experience it repeated on me later in the day. So all this talk about the future has stopped me raving about HongKong which is really muggy and has grown to the point where it could safely compete with the US for skyscrapers. This was our first port of call when we left New Zealand 36 years ago and to be honest I preferred it as it was then with junks and sampans in the harbour and sights I'd never ever seen before. Now all the slums have been cleared and in their places are tall skyscrapers of flats. I hope the people's health has improved since the move into those flats. We are in any area full of shops which sell Chinese medicines n there's all manner of weird and wonderful bits of plants and animals for the offing. On our first visit here I noticed how smart everyone looked, nowadays there's a general casual look about everyone. Still lots of elderly working, ladies and men. And obesity well it hasn't hit as much as other places but there've noticeably more big people than before so let's hope fast food doesn't become as easy to get for the majority as it has elsewhere such as Britain and the USA. Well I must continue with my packing even though we fly out at 9.00 pm tomorrow night.

  
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POLSKARENIA 9/16/2014 11:40AM

    Sounds like you've had a great time. I look forward to meeting up for another walk with you after you get back to the UK.

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RAINBOWCHOC 9/16/2014 7:34AM

    I have loved following your travels. Safe journey home and every blessing for the future. I'm sure we will get together again, our friendship will traverse the miles.

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In Prague

Monday, August 11, 2014

We left Southern Germany yesterday, took the train from Lauingen, a small town on the Donau river to Nuremburg. From there we transferred to a bus and drove to the beautiful Prague. It was 37 degrees. Got to our hotel which is ancient as in built in 1383. There were no ghosts that we detected. Today it is raining and for selfish reasons I hope it lets up as our intention is to do a river trip and meal this evening. Because this place is so old there are no lifts so we had to climb 4 flights of stairs with luggage, lucky for us a kind and strapping young Czech man carried our largest case up with ease. I am so glad Of our 2 day fasts up till now as the last flight is a spiral stair case. My legs ached before this, they're feeling a bit better after a bath and massage. I did tai chi in the weekend and paid for it. Funny how the archilles tendon didn't play up and pain travelled to the calf. Today it feels alright. We asked to be moved and another room was found one floor down from us. I loved Germany, spent the last 4 days in Lauingen with my cousin who for the past 20 years has been running shamanic workshops over here one of the things she focused on was healing the family tree. She is staying put in the same town as what we've moved to now and is hoping to have me help out. After this we will be taking good care of ourselves. A big lesson is learning to love ourselves not out of superficial vanity but for our survival in body, mind and spirit and doing for ourselves will help our family. We asked to change rooms today and we've been offered a room on the 3rd floor at least we won't have to climb the spiral stair case. As a child I would have loved all that. Seeing the forest as we drove here reminded me of all the childhood stories such as Hansel and Gretel and the three bears. Anyway I'm about to go on a mission up to the 4th floor grrr.

  
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JOHNWBROCKSR777 8/11/2014 6:01AM

    Enjoy yourself...

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Count down to Germany

Thursday, July 24, 2014

We are on our final few days in Holland. It has been delightful but fraught at times too been at a summer school where we had to face up to a few demons. I thought I'd join the team Weight for God how appropriate is that given what the Summer School was about. It wasn't about weight but the power within us that we choose to ignore. There was another over weight person on the same course and I commented that if we focus on G O D instead of food or the insecurities in my case that make me reach out to comfort myself with food, then that would be a huge step in the right direction. Thanks to the ultra long walks in the Spanish heat I have injured my archilles tendon on the right foot so that's been hurting for a while. Now all I want to do is rest indoors but there's a big world out there to explore. Tomorrow we are going to be going to another part of this tiny country, been to The Hague which is full of interesting places such as art galleries. Someone if a computer expert should read this , please advise how to download photos onto my spark page from an iPad. I thought Holland in the sand dunes would be kinda boring scenery wise but I couldn't have been more further from the truth. No wonder this place put out some fantastic artists, the sunsets have been amazing , wild flowers etc.


  
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SLIMMERJESSE 7/24/2014 8:25AM

    It's such a beautiful country. Enjoy!

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HMBROWN1 7/24/2014 8:16AM

    Sounds like great scenery for walking! I am so jealous!

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More lessons to learn

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

We´ve only one more day left here in Malaga. Am really looking forward to our next port of call Katwjk en Zee in Holland. Although I haven´t swum since we´ve been here I said to my husband I could do so in the North Sea if we have time. One of the down sides here is I did a lot of walking like I did before my injury and this time my archilles heel on the right foot played up something awful. A pity because it meant I had to sit at home for 2 days to rest both feet actually. But I´m sure the sunshine will have helped out immensely. I also realize if we return here that we have to take into account paying the power and water ourselves. The owners of the flat take this out of the bond we paid so hopefully it wouldn´t have cost us 300 Euros for water and electricity. Everything was written in Spanish and we had very little knowledge of the language I figured next time listen to my intuition and tell my other half in a way that he sees sense and doesn´t return to toddler hood and start throwing toys out of prams. Until next time.

  
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PICKIE98 7/8/2014 3:10PM

    Spanish is the easiest language to learn,, very close to Italian. you two must have a strong constitution to go liquid diet for two straight days. My stomach would have a nightmare, I would be sick. Diabetics cannot do that: it is hard on the pancreas.

I can imagine the new foods you have been able to try in those countries though.. Nice...

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