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I’m over the moon

I really hate blowing my own trumpet but if someone is kind enough to do it for me then I’m happy to share what is now, after all, public on Amazon.
It takes a lot of hard work and time to write a book. Sometimes authors get it right and give pleasure to a lot of people. Sometimes we don’t however hard we have tried. When someone expresses gratitude, enjoy it, if they criticise you brutally accept it with good grace. Either way you know you have touched the reader.
At the moment I am feeling a warm glow because of the very kind words written by an Amazon reviewer. They will hopefully sustain me when the inevitable happens and some critic lays into me. Hopefully I will be able to learn from the bad reviews as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars Don’t pass this amazing book by!, March 13, 2017
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Incredible, I cannot believe this awesome book was free. I learned more about Thailand in this book than all the 6 I purchased! A MUST for anyone who is even remotely interested in Thailand! Thank YOU++++

Are we human?

As Koh Phuket suffers from deliberate crop burning in far-away Sumatra and Northern Thailand prepares itself for the same treatment in February and March each year, I wonder are we obsessed with fire?

Rawai Sunrise – September 2015

Air pollution drifting in from Indonesia changes the landscape in Rawai Bay, Phuket
Air pollution drifting in from Indonesia changes the landscape in Rawai Bay, Phuket

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Goodbye Chiang Mai

Goodbye Chiang Mai goodbye.

Just for now, maybe forever.

I’ll miss you so goodbye

But ne’er forget you ever.

 

Remember you are where I go.

I’ll see you often afore I die.

Not as before for now t’will be

Forever, always, my mind’s eye.

 

For in my heart you’ll always be.

You took me in and set me free.

Your valleys and your farms.

Your jungle and your mountain charms.

 

Fields of green and gold.

Your fertile earth where seasons play

With scents so subtle sometimes bold.

The food you give us everyday.

 

Your rivers flood and mountains stream

The lifeblood of your garden fare;

Never sleeping ne’er to dream.

The source of life and love laid bare.

 

For in my heart you’ll always be.

You took me in and set me free.

Your valleys and your farms.

Your jungle and your mountains charm.

Misty morning and a yellow hue pervades the valley north of Chiang Mai
Misty morning and a yellow hue pervades the valley north of Chiang Mai

How the Hill-Tribes of Chiang Mai sell their wares

An Akha village, with the traditional thatched...

An example of an Akha village, with the traditional thatched roofs, found in Laos and Northern Thailand. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Sunday market at Tha Phae Gate – Chiang Mai. [Jamoroki Art]
Hmong people
Hmong people (Photo credit: rEkOM)

The Hill-Tribes in the north of Thailand are industrious, quiet and respectful people. Theirs is another world away from the hustle and bustle of the cities and rural towns. They live their lives in the mountains, forests and hills that make up most of the landscape of northern Thailand bordering Myanmar and Laos. Continue reading How the Hill-Tribes of Chiang Mai sell their wares

The best way to see Thailand – Excerpt (7)

THAILAND DIARIES – VOLUME 2 – DRIVING THAILAND

Driving Thailand is the second Volume of my Thailand Diaries and is now complete. But before I publish it as my second FREE e-book I have decided to post a selection of excerpts which I hope will encourage you to download and enjoy the whole book.

NORTHERN PROVINCES – CHIANG MAI & CHIANG RAI (Part 1)

Mountains inspire awe in any human person who has a soul. They remind us of our frailty, our unimportance, of the briefness of our span upon this earth. They touch the heavens, and sail serenely at an altitude beyond even the imaginings of a mere mortal. Elizabeth Aston, (The Exploits & Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy, 2005)  Continue reading The best way to see Thailand – Excerpt (7)