14 December 2013


Hello everyone! Gearing up for the big day? Or are you not a Christmas person? I’ve sent out my e-mails today re our Christmas Luncheon which will be at Classico restaurant again this year and they promise an excellent meal of turkey and all the trimmings. Robin and I couldn’t agree on whether we should actually have turkey on the menu or not, but he won in the end.

As I hope Norwich will against Swansea tomorrow!! Having won 2:0 against West Bromwich Albion, lost 5:1 against Liverpool and won 1:0 against Crystal Palace, we are holding on in there, but need some more wins! Robin’s just gone to watch Manchester City versus Arsenal.

As some of you will know, we have just built a new pool and Ken, here with Janet and family, has just said on his way out to dinner, ‘love your pool, by the way – it’s great!’ which was music to our ears.

A few nights ago, we decided to eat a pizza at Classico. As we were sitting there, the heavens opened and it poured and poured and poured. The street became flooded and Abby, the manageress there, said that she knew where the outlet pipe was on the beach and that it was blocked by sand because of recent high tides. So, we rang Khun Sim, our night guard, and asked him to bring a shovel as Robin was going to brave the rain which was still pouring and pouring and clear the pipe. No, said Abby, she would clear the pipe. No, said the chef, he would clear the pipe. I was certainly not going to clear the pipe and was instructed to go back to the hotel in the car with Sim. By the time I arrived back, probably five minutes later at the most, Robin was on the phone. Neither he nor Abby had cleared it, the chef had. He’d only been digging for about three minutes when there was a huge gush of water and the street was clear. Ahh! The wonders of Samui.

We have four sun umbrellas now and they will probably go up tomorrow. We were having them around the pool, but it looks so open there now, it seems a shame to put them up there. We think we may put them on the beach. We shall see.

Saw little Dan again yesterday, Chris & Lamai’s baby son. He was really smiling! His dad looked at me with exactly the same look at exactly the same time – two peas in a pod.

Khun Bla who left us a couple of years ago is coming back again on Monday. I’m sure you will remember her. Always smiling, excellent English and a welcome addition to our team. No doubt Glyn & Emi, two of our lovely returning guests, will be pleased to hear this as they have become good friends over the years.

I have only decorated in a very subtle way this year. Three very small Christmas trees, with the odd pine cone, bow and cherry on them, in terracotta pots. No lights. There are plenty of trees and decorations along the street and, with our lovely Christmas meal planned, I feel it will be quite adequate.

May I take this opportunity to wish you, your family and friends a very, very merry Christmas. If your thoughts turn to holidays at all, don’t hesitate in sending us an e-mail. We’ll write straight back with our availability and you could be here in no time.

Now that would be a good Christmas present for someone special . . . .

Take care and don’t eat too much!