Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Monday, 30 March 2015
Sunday, 29 March 2015
Saturday, 28 March 2015
Friday, 27 March 2015
Thursday, 26 March 2015
Visitors are invited to touch the Buddhas and large jade stones for good luck. I hope it leads to some good fortune and good luck for me.
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
Wat Chomphu may be smaller than many of the more visited wats in Chiang Mai, but it was very pretty with a calm feel to it and some lovely shady trees.
There was alot of gold, including very ornate golden umbrellas at the corners of the main chedi.
Tuesday, 24 March 2015
This the Grade 12 group with Mr Greg, the headmaster. I'm in there with Dr Naji, in black and Miss Iva, the Principal on the far left.
An easy morning organising gowns, hats, and photos, much better than taking the Geometry class.
Monday, 23 March 2015
Songkran - Thai New Year, is approaching and the moat is the centre of activity for locals and visitors. Throwing water is the main form of celebration - for at least 3 or 4 days. A local was telling me today you can't leave your house as the traffic is at a standstill and water is thrown at you as you walk down the street. Glad I will be out of town for Songkran.
Sunday, 22 March 2015
I have a new favorite spot to hang out on the weekend. Valley Coffee is about 8 km down the hill from school at Lanna Resort .
Its a lovely setting in a manicured garden with a creek meandering next to the hill side. I can sit in a little hut, with a lemon tea, read my book, check the ABC news on the ipad (free wifi) and enjoy being off campus.
I sometimes cycle town after school. As always its a "grunt" to get back up the hill, but its good exercise. Its also a good place for a break if I am cycling up from Chiang Mai.
This afternoon I met up with Muyassar, the art teacher from school. Her sons Ilyos and Yakyho had great fun playing in the creek and ascending and descending in the cocoon chairs using a chain pulley.
In the photos you can see the orange/brown hues of the burnt trees and of course the smoke haze that has been annoying for the last two weeks.
Friday, 20 March 2015
Thursday, 19 March 2015
Kelsey was the star of the evening with a magical leprechaun like display of Irish dancing.
Wednesday, 18 March 2015
There is still a lot of burning in the hills. No one I ask has been able to give me a clear explanation of why there is so much burning. Slash and burn agriculture is one reason, but that doesn't explain why they burn in the hills. Some say it is to encourage the growth of mushrooms. Another person said it was because the locals who use the forest want to clear the jungle, remove forest floor litter and improve access. Not much concern for biodiversity.
Tuesday, 17 March 2015
Monday, 16 March 2015
I explored Wat Molee on Saturday evening. Early evening is a good time to visit a temple as the monks commence prayers and chanting around 6 pm.
Wat Molee was established in the 14 th century, but this building, the Vihran, was built in 2003.
Sunday, 15 March 2015
Saturday, 14 March 2015
Thong Kwaw - Erythina orientalis or the coral tree, is another tree I would like to grow in Beechworth. No doubt without success.
The Thai Director told me Thong Kwaw is a beautiful name.
It is a beautiful tree and the flowers which carpet the ground below are especially delicate and beautiful.
The tree in the photo is in front of the girls dormitory and luckily there are three trees in front of my living quarters.
Friday, 13 March 2015
Thursday, 12 March 2015
We also saw some Gibbons.
An awesome afternoon of adventure.
Wednesday, 11 March 2015
This is the scooter and the friendly mechanic half way down the hill from school.
He has just put on a new rear view mirror, because of course I have already had a bingle.
Just a small one! On my second day on the scooter I went off exploring, venturing beyond where I had been on the bicycle. Coming home I misjudged a tight and steep left corner and slowly hit the barrier on other side of the corner.
All's well, more scratches on the scooter than me and I am gradually gaining confidence riding down the hill to ChiangMai and home again.
Tuesday, 10 March 2015
Monday, 9 March 2015
Rock climbing in Vietnam with the Grade 12s was an adventure for me, especially as it is a long time since I have attempted anything like this and even then I think it was only climbing a large boulder at Mount Buffalo. The girls lead the way. Jung and I were the first on the rock face and the first up.
After that I could sit back and watch.
Sunday, 8 March 2015
Saturday, 7 March 2015
Friday, 6 March 2015
Thursday, 5 March 2015
Betty was the other girl in the group and enjoyed the rafting too, although she was not happy about getting wet.
Wednesday, 4 March 2015
Tuesday, 3 March 2015
It was Tet "New Year" while we were in Hanoi. The people of Hanoi visit Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam at this time and leave the banners there hoping for good luck throughout the coming year.