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It seems as if we have been celebrating all week one way or another. Doctor Clare passed her viva, is getting her thesis printed and will graduate in July; it was David's birthday on Monday; his new job begins in August (as an educational consultant to a group of school in Turkey - yes it's back to Istanbul); for John, the dreaded SATs are over (although now he has all the marking to do as he is an official marker) and I have a brand new toy to play with - life is bliss!! In this photo Clare is saying, "Happy Birthday, Dad and congrats on your new job." David's reply was, "Thank you, Doctor Coughlan, I couldn't have wished for a nicer birthday present!" No wonder they are both looking so happy - although that might be partly due to the Verve Cliquot!
Oh, I nearly forgot! We are going back to Chiang Mai on Wednesday, and I know that Glynn has all sorts of activities to keep us busy!
We also went to a concert given by the pianist Bennett Lerner. This was the first of a series called 'Bennett Lerner and Friends Present Noctures and Barcarolles' - featuring the music of Gabriel Fauré and his contemporaries. At this concert, he was joined by the Thai violinist Tasana Nagavajara, who is the leader of the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. Bennett Lerner played the first three of the Fauré Nocturnes, plus works by Chabrier, Tchaikovsky, and Brahms (the latter two were for violin and piano). We were so fortunate to be able to attend this wold-class performance for only £3!!
On Sunday we went to the Pong Duet Geyser (rather aptly named given the smell of the sulphur!). The underground temperature of this geyser is between 176°C - 203°C and it shoots out of the ground to between 1 and 2 metres in height at an amazing 90°C - 99°C. (See photo above)
Our intention was to stay at the resort, but, although they said we were welcome to stay, the restaurant was closed for refurbishment and the spa was closed. There was one pool open, but the water was so hot that David almost lost a toe testing it!
We decided to carry on to Pai. On the way we came across the bridge over the river Pai - also built by British prisoners of war, but not as well known as that other bridge.
In Pai we stayed at Ban Tawan (The House of the Open Door). Our room overlooked the river and seemed an idyllic setting. Unfortunately, just across the river was an all-night disco with a thumping base; added to which the people in the next room to us spent most of the night arguing very loudly. I was very irritated, but even more so when David managed to sleep through the lot!!! We did, however, manage our swim in a hot spring at the Pai Hotsprings Spa Resort. (See photo, left).
Our holiday in Thailand has now come to an end and I am actually writing this in Bangkok airport as we wait for our flight to Amsterdam. We have had a great time and, as usual, Glynn has been the consummate host. We will miss Chiang Mai - especially the massages we have enjoyed at the 'Nimman House Thai Massage for Health and Relaxation' - a most wonderful experience!
On Saturday, we all went to Sarah's engagement party. Sarah has become engaged to Zane, who teaches at the same school as she does. It was good to be able to celebrate this happy occasion – although the music was too loud for us oldies – my ears were still ringing the next day! And so on to Sunday ... this was Margaret's birthday, so the remaining members of the family went to a splendid lunch in a nearby pub (see photo). So, as someone pointed out, we are now the older generation – hmm, I'm not sure what I think about that!