Sunday 14/01/18: I have a terrible confession to make. I did a really bad thing on Wednesday. I did lots of fabulous things this week too but it's the shame of Wednesday that I'm still thinking about half a week later. My sin? I made a bonfire and burned my rubbish in the street. Eeeww! … Continue reading Bonfires and menstruation
Sunday 07/01/18: The first week of the new year in Sudal has felt like a fresh slate with even bluer skies and a crisp cool air. Everyone has a renewed vigour; the ubiquitous kids (baby goat variety) and calves have an extra spring in their step, while the local kids (human) are that little bit … Continue reading Breaking the routine
Monday 01/01/18: I'm in a happy bloated place after a surprisingly decent New Year's day lunch and the talk of resolutions has reminded me of one of my first blogs. It was in September, in the last few days of my life at Shell, and I'd set out a list of targets to achieve in my upcoming six month … Continue reading New year/mid-sabbatical resolutions
Thursday 28/12/17: Today's a big day for my wee Tika, our family's sweet little calf. She was born shortly after we arrived and today is her official naming ceremony. I don't think anyone would be too impressed if I confessed that I'd already taken care of her name so I keep quiet. Her new name … Continue reading Bovine blessings
Sunday 24/12/17: Christmas eve is mainly spent supergluing my fingers together while trying to make a secret Santa gift. I don't think I'll ever be grown up enough to successfully use superglue but at least it's a pleasingly familiar feeling! My arms are a little burnt from walking in the sun today and I keep … Continue reading My Nepalese Christmas
Friday 22/12/17: Five nights in already and as our little calf's confidence grows, so does my own. She was born the day after we arrived which I reckon means that I get to take her home with me. I've decided to call her Tika (she's got a little white flash on her forehead), though as the Hindu religion … Continue reading Settling in with the oldies
Monday 18/12/17: The North Face-bedecked doctor pulls up his baggy jeans with one hand while wiping his sniffly nose with the heel of his other and asks me what's wrong. There's half a dozen or so nurses all watching and smiling and whispering while Dr North Face carries out his "examination". I explain that I've … Continue reading All hail the NHS!