Lockdown/Coronavirus/Moving House

Ah, so a lot has gone on since my last post.  We got back from our big trip, then went off for a while into London to go and see the Classic Car show (part of an early birthday gift from Betsy).  It was really very good, and worth a visit in my view.  Of course lots of guys my age there reminiscing about “they don’t make ‘em like that any more” and similar, but it really was enjoyable.

Next up was my birthday party, to celebrate my 60th.  People flying in from all over the place, and it turned out really well I’m pleased to say.  Amberley Castle is a great location, and for the most part, the weather played ball.  Good to get the family all together – who knows when we might be able to do it again ?


Then, off we flew back to Florida for a brief-ish visit.  We were only there about 10 days, but long enough to see my sister Linda for lunch on her birthday, and for a Betsy to fly up to see her mother briefly.  We were pleased to get back so we could see some of the work that had been going on in our home there.

 

We just managed to get out in time before the US put restrictions on flights to/from the United Kingdom, due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Just in time.  Flew back via Charlotte on American Airlines (not my favourite but so what ?).

So, back in England in time for Boris Johnson to announce we would be putting the country into a form of lockdown.  And of course, we completed on the purchase of our new home, and we managed to sign documents in the Solicitor offices just before the lockdown started !

After a few weeks of shuffling things to the new house, we got a bit of ‘hurry up’ on the sale of our existing house, saying the buyers wanted to get in.  So, our first choice removals people weren’t working, but 2 more calls later and we found someone, and off we went !

Thank goodness the weather has been good during this period.  It maybe one of the nicest springs I recall.  It would have been miserable otherwise, particularly for those people dealing with kids of school going age.)

Day in Bangkok

Enjoyed a nice day in Bangkok.  Relaxing start, breakfast in the room, lunch down by the river, drink in the lounge, look around the chocolate shop etc etc.

 


Nice to sit down by the river and have lunch.  Betsy fed the fish along with her close personal Russian friend.

Interesting seeing what can be done with chocolate nowadays too:


Nice down by the pool at this hotel.  Plus all the orchids.  They are simply everywhere.

 


Later we met up with Areerat and Ken, a husband and wife couple who used to work for me in Thailand.  It was fun to catch up with them, and they kindly took us to dinner at a nice waterside Thai seafood restaurant in Bangkok.

Closer inspection of these photos reveals that Betsy had begun to eat something she wasn’t happy with, and planned to dispose of fairly soon ! 😂😂😂😂🥰

And onto Bangkok

Up we got, baggage collected from our room, and already packed on our car to the airport by the time we got downstairs.  A long weekend in Ho Chi Minh City was good, and a good taste of the city.  It was many years since I’d been there so it was interesting to return.  For Betsy it was a first, so again, a long weekend was good.  I enjoyed it.

We enjoyed the ride to the airport, watching the city gradually get ready for the day ahead:

Checked in at the Thai Airways desk for our flight to Bangkok, then proceeded to make our way through passports/security.

Quick bite of comfort food breakfast at the airport, look around the shops, sit in the lounge, then we soon boarded and were off to Bangkok.

Met on arrival, and headed for the Shangri-La hotel Bangkok which is well located right on the river.  Had to wait it out before we could get to our room, as they were doing temperature checks of people, and mine was 0.5 degrees to high ! Sat it out for 5 mins and it was fine again ☺️

Had a great room.  Dinner in the room overlooking the river, and watching the sun go down was really nice.