Mixed thoughts from Dai

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Sunday is here once again. I can’t believe that a whole week has gone by already. This morning I found myself with some free time and that’s a rarity these days. I love those sunny clear mornings when I have time to sit and think. Once again I am thinking of the best place(s) to live. My heart is in the UK where I have my permanent home but the weather there is so awful much of the time. Being down here in the sunshine is far better I think.


Does anybody know the name of this type of tree ? It’s so incredibly unusual. I wish I could have a large piece of land where I could grow lots of unusual plants and trees.

This morning I couldn’t get Kathmandu out of my mind. I wish it wasn’t so far away so I could afford to fly there often. It’s a very long journey with either one or two changes of flight on the way and I’m getting too old to have frequent long flights. I was also thinking of the family and Flocky, remembering the village and everybody in Gorkha. I thought of dalbhat, afternoon rotis, samosas too spicy for me to eat. And I remembered when I ate buffalo brain in Tebahal. Such wonderful days are now memories for when I have some free time.


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8 thoughts on “Mixed thoughts from Dai

  1. The tree looks like a well-trimmed South American Yucca

    1. Thanks, Sol. I will research that when we get back.

  2. I have no idea what the tree is, but looks very tropical. Funny, I do not miss very much at all from England – although perhaps Cadbury’s Milk Flakes. I used to bring a few home from London. Otherwise there is always the British Shop online, but we can get quite good marmelade from Migros. I do not miss Christmas Pudding or hot cross buns, and I do not really miss London – for me now just a place for a sighseeing trip. After the last years when I visited my dad in his care home and stayed with my friend, I only saw Dagenham and the surroundings – not the most romantic place on earth. It was not a holiday but a duty. To be honest I now enjoy my freedom of not having to do anything, just preserve my life.

    1. Hi Pat. I don’t really miss much from England because we have almost everything in Portugal at cheaper prices. When anybody comes, I ask them to bring Marmite or any yeast extract and sometimes Bisto gravy although I can make my own gravy now. I make it with atta and Marmite. I’ve never been to Dagenham but I went to Southend with my Grandmother when I was a whippersnapper. That freedom feels wonderful, Pat. Shame our bones grow old so we can’t roam as much.

  3. and to me, it looks like a well trimmed Pandanus Palm ! Common in coastal areas of the Kimberleys in WA: the leaves are stripped and woven to make hats,bags etc.
    Pandanus spiralis is native to northern Australia. It is commonly called common screwpine, iidool, pandanus palm, screw pine, screw palm or spring pandanus.

    1. Hi Maureen and good morning to you. I love palms and we have them in Portugal but different varieties. One tree we have a lot of in Lisbon is jacaranda and whole avenues lined with them. They sure get messy underfoot but they look such a treat when in bloom. Do you get them where you live ?

  4. Hi Dai. Good morning to you. I am just back from Philippines and sitting at my work desk today having a hard time to catch up or focus at work. Luckily it’s not that cold here anymore with about 7 degrees today plus some rains. I also wish Kathmandu was nearer, it’s too far and expensive to visit more often.. Do you know when you will go Dai? I saw some very cheap tickets to Kathmandu from Bratislava a few days ago, but since I am planning to invite my family for a visit here this summer, I’ll probably not go. Philippines was so amazing, Dai. I will post about the places I visited on the blog soon, but for now I am terribly jet-lagged (12.5 hours non-stop from Guangzhou alone plus a lot of waiting at other airports like Amsterdam, Manila etc..). I am not too adventurous to try buffalo brains Dai. The only “weird” meat items I enjoy are fried lungs of goat and guts of chicken and goat (fried in my style).

    1. Hi Pooja. I miss you every time you go somewhere. Glad you’re back to comment and write blogs again. I was remembering you two days ago when there was a great programme on TV about sailing around the Philippine Islands and the last stop was Palawan. Pooja, I don’t have any weird meat choices any more. In fact I often struggle with chicken breast too and that’s the only meat I eat. I’m still okay with fish though. I would never be able to put goat lung in my mouth. Waiting for your first Palawan blog, Pooja.

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