Saturday, April 30, 2011

This long week-end.......Gardening.

The vege patch is coming along,


Come for walk a walk and see where I am up to.

Lots of sleepers still waiting to be put together. I also need to put a fence around the whole garden yet.

Not to mention all this yummy soil to go into the beds once I have them made.

The garden is 3 levels, this is level 1 which is coming along nicely.

So jobs for this weekend.....

1. Fence garden

2. Make garden beds.

3. Fill garden beds with soil.

4. Plant, plant, plant.

Then I will sit down and be inspired by my 2 new magazines.

What are you doing this long May day week end?


Friday, April 29, 2011

Birthday & Holidays

Happy Birthday


Today my youngest daughter is 15

Have a great day Cass bass.

Now back to the holiday..
We spent 2 days in Hoi An doing some serious shopping, I had shoes made, clothes made and bought about ammmm 9 handbags cough cough yes 9....

Then it was on to Sapa.

We flew to Hanoi than the overnight train to Sapa. So amazing here, the hills and Fields of rice . We stayed at Topas Eco Lodge, which over looks the hills. Getaway was there at the same time doing a show.

The first day we hiked 16kms up and down, up and down then up and down again.


Not the best picture but at least I am standing cause by this time the legs were pretty well jelly.

I loved the hiking though, seeing so much and walking through all the villages, and meeting the locals.

After 3 days in Sapa it was back on the overnight train to Hanoi.

Below we are having tea all local produce from our walk about in Sapa, and even the wine was local.

From Hanoi we flew to Halong Bay.
Here we boarded our boat(junk) and cruised around these islands for 3 days.

We saw fish farms, pearl farms, did some kayaking through the caves.

More hiking, and cave walking. Some big caves were around this bay. They were beautiful, walking through them was like being in another world.

But now I am home and haven't even had time to blog I have been so busy. This long weekend though I am going to get into the vege garden, as it is comming along well...

I hope you all enjoy your weekend,


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

This is my first daytime look at Ho Chi Min City.

A lady out picking her herbs and watering her garden.

Buildings as far as the eye can see.. There were roof top gardens every where, the Vietnamese people use every available space for there herbs and vegs. The building are very narrow, even the houses in the cities are narrow and 3-4 stories high.

We were soon on a bus and drove for 4 hours, sorry not a lot of good photos as I had my nose to the window and I am sure my mouth was open.....staring.....I can't begin to describe the traffic, scooters every where not many cars just scooters, and all beeping at one another.

Once we got to the Mekong Delta we went to have a look along the river and to see the floating markets. From the back we have Alison, Amanda, Bronwyn, myself and Raylene. They were the funniest girls you could go on a trip with.
Frogs any one.....yum yum. The food as I said was different, these frogs were for sale at the markets. We never had the chance to try any though, but on our first night we did eat rat, yes girls I did say rat... They assured us as it was a rice paddy rat it was clean......hmmmmm tasted like quail any way.
The size of the Mekong Delta is amazing, people living and trading on the water.
A city on the water....Below all these boats are floating markets, and peoples homes, like the scooters only on water.

This building below is a fish farm. The fish are underneath and they live and work in the house. We saw these all along the Mekong Delta....
This is just my first day in Vietnam....

Below is our home stay cook, we all got in and cooked the rat, fish, veges and made spring rolls.

I enjoyed being in the home stay and getting to know the family.

What an introduction I had on the first day, I went on a bus, boat,scooter and in the evening we went push bike ridding around the village.

I hope I don't bore you to much with my trip, but there is more to come so stay tuned.


Saturday, April 16, 2011

I'M BACK.........

Was it only 3 weeks ago that I left?

Today and probably for the next week you know I am going to bore you with holiday snaps... Lets start with some of the food we ate... Above is deep fried fish , all we could under stand was that it is sea bass...Looks bad tasted fantastic. O.K The truth is I didn't eat anything that wasn't good.
A fresh drink of coconut milk as we cruise along the Mekong Delta river.
In Ho Chi Minh City we found this great restaurant...

Above was squid and below snails, every thing was so fresh and good.
The best part is I lost weight with all the healthy eating and walking I did...

More to come later, sorry it's such a quick post.