Jan 20, 2018 - New Year parade in Zhaoqing.
This morning I met Denise and Qianqian at the front of the college, to hunt out a good spot to get photos of the parade, which promises to be huge. There will be over 1000 people walking a total of 13.8 kms. Not everyone will walk all the way of course. I would have loved to be part of it, but the desire for photos is more pressing!! There are three options, according to Denise. 1. Be audience. 2. Pay 28rmb, and do some or all of the walk, and receive a certificate and a scarf to commemorate the event. 3. Pay 88rmb, same as #2 but with an...Jump to full entry
Jan 19, 2018 - End of year performance at the Special Needs Kindergarten.
I had to be up early this morning, and of course, did not sleep at all well last night, so I really did not feel like going out, but at least I will be able to sleep when I get back home again. Denise picked me up at the front gate of the college at 8.15am, after she dropped Qianyu off at her kindergarten. I am very impressed at the facilities that the Chinese government provides for parents of kids that need extra care. Qianyu is in the hearing and brain damage section, and she gets one on one support for her speech and pronunciation, two...Jump to full entry
I did washing today, and set aside my cross stitch piece soaking to get it spotless before the framing gets done. The ink did not all come out with my first wash, and the lady in the cross stitch shop just told me to leave it soaking for longer, and use more detergent, so I have tried that this time! I was heading to Melrose's house late afternoon, after she finished work. She finishes at 5pm today, so I had planned to arrive around 6, to give her time to get home, and settle down and relax. The traffic was horrific again, and in areas that...Jump to full entry
Today Winnie and I were to meet at about quarter to four, to go to the cross stitch shop, to arrange to get the framing under way, for the cross stitch piece I am giving to her and Liao for their new home. I had been calling her, but no reply, so I went down anyway to wait for her, and hope she showed up!! While I was waiting, I saw a man with a tiny little baby puppy on a lead. The puppy was crying, and did not want to walk with him. He had to keep stopping for the little dog to rest, and eventually he did pick it up and walk off with...Jump to full entry
Jan 17, 2018 - Might still be missing entries. Please let me know!!
I've been hard at work bringing this journal up to date. But, there may be some missing sections. If you find some with pictures and no text, or vice versa, could you please message me and let me know. I will send an update notice now, and hope that I am actually up to date!!Jump to full entry
Jan 16, 2018 - A day at home, but rather productive for me.
I was at home all day, but not so lazy this time. I actually got the washing done, dishes done, and my room tidied. We had a problem with the drain from the kitchen sink, and I got Scott to contact the office to get help. Later this afternoon a repairman came to help, and sure enough, problem remedied. I also did a lot of work on my laptop, getting this journal updated. In between, I did more of my cross stitch work. In the afternoon, I had a message from Winnie, wanting to know when we should meet to choose framing for the cross stitch I...Jump to full entry
Jan 15, 2018 - Out-of-town bus journey with Melrose.
Melrose had chores to do this morning, and so did I, so we decided to meet at the bus stop outside the college, at some time after 2.30. I had had a message from Andy's Auntie, inviting me to meet her and a friend for morning tea, near my college. She was to collect me from the college at 10am, but I arrived early, so sent her a message to say that I would walk up to the hotel. But there was confusion, and misunderstanding all round! I waited for ages, sent her my location a couple of times, but she did not turn up. I was just in the...Jump to full entry
Jan 14, 2018 - Chongqing Noodle restaurant.
Today, I had things to do at home, including getting tickets for the Xi'an to Guangzhou let of our trip. Got tickets leaving Xi'an at 2:37 in the afternoon, and not arriving until 6pm the next day, so we will have more than a whole day's worth of daylight for sightseeing from the train!! So it was quite late in the afternoon by the time I got away. I got a bus to Melrose's house. I took the pants I bought for the cold weather up north, because they are too long, and I am not sure whether to take them up properly, or simply roll them up on...Jump to full entry
Jan 13, 2018 - Train tickets, flowers and a bus trip. Good day!!
Today, I was tired of being at home, so decided to head out to try and get tickets for the train from Beijing to Xi'an. As I was about to leave I had a message from Frankle, to say that he is in his office all day, and if I want to collect the camera batteries he had ordered for me, he had them in his office. So, firstly I went to the ATM at the college gate, hopefully to pay for train tickets!! And then collected my batteries from Frankle. He is quite impressed with my success getting through the booking process. I told him about all I had...Jump to full entry
Jan 10, 2018 - Harbin, China
Last night we met Sam at 5p and walked the 3 short blocks to the park where the ice festival was held from 1963 to 1999. Although the park is considerably smaller, the sculptures are just as intricate and beautiful. Here there are no changing lights. The main path around the park is lined with 5-6ft. Sculptures unlit but with well-lit columns between them. And there are lots of fishes, turtles, dragons, birds flowers and such. There are brightly lit pagodas and towers, an arched walkway, a pink and purple maze with a slide in the middle...Jump to full entry
Jan 9, 2018 - Trying to pack up gazebos after so much rain.
Today was still wet, and freezing. At 1pm, it was only 8c. That is pretty cold. I had been having a problem with an update on my laptop, and could not get it to turn on, so had sent a message to Frankle. He told me to come up to his office, and he would see if he could help me. As I walked up to the office, I saw all the gazebos stood up. I guess they are trying to get them dried before packing them up. It looks like it could be a while for them. I'm not sure what Frankle ended up doing, but he did manage to get my laptop to work, so I was...Jump to full entry
Jan 9, 2018 - Harbin, China
Today we were up around 6a so getting used to time change. We met Sam at 10.15a and drove a couple of blocks to St. Sophia's Church. This is an old Russian Orthodox Church with several onion domes. Outside it is scenic while the inside shows it was once magnificent with icons etc. Now it is a museum. Basically the burned and scraped areas remain. The burned remains of once beautiful old chandeliers hang. Pictures of Harbin in happier times before the revolution surround the walls. Sam showed us models of how town once was, of St. Nicholas...Jump to full entry