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First week in England

Well, been in England for almost a week now, and has taken quite a few days to recover from the jetlag - must be getting older! Weather, until today, has been fine, with crisp mornings. Rain today, though.

Went to a village craft fair on Friday - had a great time looking round the various stalls, with some very tempting items for sale, and would have bought some except for the difficulty of getting them back to NZ! However, had a lovely lunch there and enjoyed some great entertainment by the pianist. That was followed by a tiki tour of some very quaint English villages, complete with village ponds, ducks and ducklings, reached by very narrow lanes flanked by hedgerows, in the English style.

Yesterday we went to an evening concert in a local cafe - very interesting setting, in an old house with very small rooms - audience was spread between 3 rooms, none bigger than about 3m x 3m! We were in the 'tent', or the 'back room', ceiling of which was draped with material, and seating ranged from large cushions to uncomfortable couches! We watched the performers on CCTV. Included in the price of the evening ($40) was a meal, which was good, if somewhat late arriving. The first act was a band called Hawk - not really our preferred style - but the second was a young guitarist called Will McNicol - amazingly talented young man, and well worth hearing. Would definitely listen to him again given the opportunity.

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Singapore. Continued

sunny 15 °C

Following on from our first day's sightseeing we then visited Gardens By the Bay. Got there by ferry down the Singapore River to the marina then it's a bit of a walk to the gardens. They are very spectacular, particularly the Cloud Dome which is a stunning creation of a mountain covered in mountain tropical plants. AS the name says they even have the ability to create a cloud around the mountain giving the whole structure a cloud covered look. From there we went and had a ride on the Singapore Flyer. This is a huge ferris wheel with capsules which a dozen or so people ride in rising up to a great height giving you a view out over Singapore and the bay. The next day we went to Chinatown and wandered about the market stalls and did some serious people watching. very interesting day.
After an uneventful but long flight we have now been in the UK for a couple of days in recovery mode blobbing out. The weather is fine but the air is somewhat crisp after the warmth of Singapore.

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First stop - Singapore

semi-overcast 30 °C

Safely ensconced in Singapore. Arrived yesterday at 6.40 a.m. after a very good flight - even managed to get some sleep. First impressions - lots of trees, flower gardens along the roads, heat and humidity. Spent the day yesterday orientating ourselves by riding the hop on/hop off bus, and riding a bum boat down the river. Visited the Marina Bay Sands shopping centre - Gucci, Louis Vitton, Prada, Swarovski to name but a few - where to start?? Answer - we didn't! Decided we would look elsewhere :). Enjoyed dinner at our hotel Riverbank Cafe/restaurant - as it's name suggest an alfresco eatery by the river.

Today - spent several hours at the Botannical Gardens, marvelling at the variety of orchids and other plants. Was again very hot and humid - humidity officially 65-95 percent and temperature up to 35. And felt like it! Also spent some time wandering down Orchard Road, bus back to hotel and now blobbing before dinner. Hopefully some photos coming later.

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