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The adventures of Fe & Chris

Why is an elephant large grey and wrinkly?

If it was small white and round it would be an asprin.

Fiona and elephant

Fiona is so engrossed in the Thailand manual that she is oblivious to her surroundings.

We are in the former capital city of Ayutthaya. We have had a long day that started before 0500in Bangkok. Since then we have been wrestling with train timetables and bookings for our last few days of adventure. With so much to do and see we have taken to bikes and have had a very pleasant day learning to integrate ourselves with the local road system and its occupants.

Chris on a bike (nice rucsac)

There’s lots of old stuff here (I always forget about that). Temples that have lost their grandure and now show their red brick interior. We did see a restored massive gold buddha though, then nipped outside for a coconut refreshment.

An old temple

Tomorrow we head off to Khao Yai national park for a few birds, bats and beasts before heading north to Chaing Mai.


  Keir wrote @ February 15th, 2008 at 5:10 am

Why do they paint their nails red?

So they can hide in cherry trees

  G wrote @ February 15th, 2008 at 7:35 pm

Any why is Chris wearing a pink rucsack while riding a ladies bike - has he become a ladyboy ?

  Chris’s Mum & Dad wrote @ February 17th, 2008 at 3:22 pm

Graeme - I didn’t expect an ornithologist to be quite so unobservant! It is not a pink rucksack - it’s a pink door in the background, but it is a lady’s bike, but then perhaps men wear skirts in Thailand, so a crossbar would be inappropriate - I wonder where else they could wear skirts, perhaps by another name?

  Chris wrote @ February 18th, 2008 at 2:52 pm

No, it is a pink rucsac. And a lady’s bike: a ‘mans’ bike (with gears) would have cost 60 Baht per day (~1 GBP), whereas the bog standard bike was only 30 Baht. Fiona objected to me hiring a bike with gears as I would go too fast.

The pink rucsac is Fiona’s. I was just being gentlemanly and carrying it for her. It’s a Camelbak actually, we bought it half price (on account of it being pink) in Dunedin.

  G wrote @ February 18th, 2008 at 5:49 pm

A fair point well made by Chris’s Mum and Dad. I would add though that I have never work a kilt while on my bike. Perhaps this needs done and I’m sure Keir would be up for it as he is into flashing his ares while cycling.

  Keir wrote @ February 18th, 2008 at 11:48 pm

I am not going to lower myself by either explaining that one or responding to it (though some may see this as a response)

Had planned to continue my elephants and cherry trees joke

How did Tarzan die??

Picking cherries! Oh so funny.

  Chris’s Mum & Dad wrote @ February 19th, 2008 at 12:06 pm

Apologies for insulting you Graeme, I have now taken the photo from Seasquirt and put it into a different programme and got a full sized version of it, yes it is a pink rucksack, but there is also a darker pink door just behind it. JC used to ride a bike in a kilt and I don’t think it had a crossbar, then he gave up the bike in favour of jogging, but fell and broke one leg in 3 places! Keep riding the bike! As for Ready Steady Cook, I have a story about Christopher making curry soup!!! What will we do without Seasquirt when they are back?

  Lorna (Lil’ sis) wrote @ February 19th, 2008 at 11:08 pm

You don’t look very stable on your girly bike, dear bro’!

  Keir wrote @ February 20th, 2008 at 12:45 am

Some days I feel sorry for chris as everyone picks on him and then I remember that if it is not him it is me so….. Chris you are a big girl! Infact you are not even a big girl you are a skinny freak of a girl!

He is going to have to go into therapy without this website to keep his ego in check or maybe Feeee can just keep it in check for us

  Chris’s Mum & Dad wrote @ February 20th, 2008 at 2:40 am

Oh Keir!!! Do you know I never learned to ride a bike because my dad didn’t think girls should ride bikes, particularly in a big city!! Our children were all equal and they all had bikes, and C is definitely not a girl - out of 6 little hills he is the only male! Don’t you just love that sun bleached hair! Loved the matching pinnies too.

  Keir wrote @ February 20th, 2008 at 3:56 pm

Only a mother could love a face like that!! (oh and Fee)

So let me get this straight. 6 Hillocks. One boy. Tonnes of spare girls clothing. Are you telling me that he did not get girly hand me downs? I was about to say I did and I only have one big sis but then that would be confessing to wearing girly clothes.

  Soph wrote @ February 20th, 2008 at 5:02 pm

C was dressed in my old tights when he was little! Mum’s rationale for this is that it was cold. But there is photographic evidence of C dressing up as a lady twice for Scouts.

  Keir wrote @ February 20th, 2008 at 5:48 pm

that does explain a lot!

  G wrote @ February 20th, 2008 at 5:49 pm

I do not think we should be detailing Chris’s past exploits or current attributes here as it is very very unfair. When I questioned why Chris was looking like a lady boy I did not expect it to result in this analysis.

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