This year was my newest grand daughter's first Christmas and, along with her siblings, we visited my 94 year old Mum.
Visiting her today was not just a special moment from my Christmas this year, but it was totally priceless.
Love you Mum.
"Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.” ~ Nora Ephron
|My Grandfather, Oliver Clark, holding my mother aged nearly two|
|Jack and Annie, Oliver and Darl about 1915|
|Passenger list for Misses Houston, KPM Line 'Tasman' 20th June 1914|
|Dining Room of the Astor House Hotel|
|The Shanghai Bund, circa 1915. The Customs House is centre of picture, with a clock tower and flag flying|
|Map showing the foreign concessions in Shanghai|
|You could run into absolutely ANYBODY at Siam Paragon Centre - my friend Brittany Spears|
|Raksha, our Tuk Tuk driver, meets us at Siem Reap airport|
|Looking towards the cocktail bar from our front door|
|Lee, making me a 'Golden Banana' cocktail (pic from GB website)|
|Our friends in the bar (pic from GB website)|
|Every morning we had freshly cut local fruit and homemade yoghurt|
|The banana supreme!|
|Dwellings along the river levee on the outskirts of Siem Reap|
|Little children - sweet kids living life their way|
Beef Lok Lak: Khmer style beef steak cooked in a zappy Kampot pepper sauce, served with a green salad, garden tomatoes, and beautiful brown Ibis rice at the side. Golden Banana Cocktail: Bacardi White Rum, Vodka, Triple Sec, Crème de Banana joined all together in the shaker with a touch of Fresh Lime juice and Sugar Syrup, shaked well with some ice rocks to result in a fantastic fresh orgasm of flavours. (Best made by Lee at GB)
|Mum and her Dad, Oliver, just weeks before he died|
|Mum and Karob|