Reste entstehen immer, Topflappen

Ich hoffe, ihr hattet ein ähnlich schönes, erholsames Wochenende wie ich und könnt gut in die neue Woche starten.

Wie bei jeder anderen Handarbeit auch, entstehen auch beim Strickfilze immer Reste. Was damit machen? Da ich ja nun schon einiges mit Strickfilzen gemacht habe, habe ich auch viele mal mehr mal weniger große Reste der Filzwolle liegen.

Da sah ich in einem Handarbeitsbuch eine Idee. Also Nadeln raus und losgestrickt.

So vielen Fadenenden, die verstochen werden mussten. Dabei bin ich doch ein sehr ungeduldiger Mensch.....

Aber das Ergebnis macht das wieder wett....

Die Topflappen sehen toll aus, haben genau die richtige Größe. Nicht zu groß für kleine Hände und nicht zu klein für große Hände. Ausserdem sind sie schön dick und dabei doch flexibel genug, dass man das was man anfassen möchte, auch gut halten kann.

ich bin begeistert.

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Conny



Rules of the Buffet

A new year has begun, and it is time to bring the rules out again for a refresher course. So often I wish that I carried these around with me, printed out. I would just love to leave them on a few tables in a buffet dining room after observing what goes on at the buffet by the people at those tables.

There are two of these rules that are recently most often ignored - and this is just common

Schallplatten recyceln, wunderschöne Schalen

Schon wieder Freitag. Wahnsinn.

In einem Keller wurden letztens vielen Dinge aussortiert, verschenkt und weg geworfen. Lisa bekam einen echt großen Stapel alter Schallplatten. Nicht, dass wir einen Plattenspieler hätten oder uns das nostalgische Knistern wirklich begeistern würde. Nein, sie wollte damit basteln.

Mit der Restwärme nach dem Backen eines Kuchens, fertigte sie diese Schalen an.

Mal sind die Schalen ungleichmässig, mal total akurat gleichmässig, mal weiter, mal total eng, mal so offen, mal sind die Bögen an einander gedrückt, so dass kleine Aussparungen entstehen und man eine Schale mit Untensilo erhält.

Jedes Teil ist ein absolutest Unikat. Bisher hat sie einige verschenkt. Und die Beschenkten sind absolut begeistert.

Nun wird sie die anderen verkaufen. Also, wenn auch du eine Schale, die 5,- € plus Porto kostet, haben möchtest, melde dich.

Euch ein wunderschönes, frühlingshaftes Wochenende
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Conny

Filztasche

In einem Handarbeitsbuch hatte meine Tochter eine Filztasche entdeckt, die ihr unheimlich gut gefallen hat.

Da Strickfilzen so wunderbar einfach ist und fast nebenbei gemacht werden kann, habe ich mich hingesetzt und gestrickt.

So sieht das gute Teil ungefilzt aus. Riesengroß, unförmig, nicht wirklich toll. Meist denke ich bei diesen Filzteilen dann: OK, diese Arbeit ist wohl nix. Das kannst du nachher in die Tonne kloppen. Was solls.

Doch jedes Mal, wenn die Teile dann aus der Waschmaschine kommen, bin ich begeistert.

Lisa ist ganz stolz auf ihr neues Teil und ich habe wieder ein paar Pluspunkte....

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Conny

Flohmarkt aktualisiert. Und was für ein süßes Dankeschön.....

Ich bin endlich dazu gekommen meinen Bastelflohmarkt zu aktualisieren und aufzufüllen. Dort habe ich jetzt einige Stanzen für die Big Shot eingestellt. Schaut doch mal wieder vorbei.

Könnt ihr euch an diesen Blogeintrag erinnern? Die Filzschuhe sind richtig gut angekommen und Mama und Tochter haben nun beide warme Füße.

Am Sonntag stand dann die Mama persönlich bei mir im Flur und hat mir als Danke schön dieses wunderschöne, lecker süsse Ostergeschenkkörbchen überreicht.

Seht mal.

Ich habe mich riesig gefreut. Vielen Dank noch mal dafür.

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Conny

Workshop bei Angelika, Osterkörbchen

Heute komme ich endlich dazu euch ein paar Bilder vom Workshop bei Angelika zu zeigen.

Ganz interessiert bei Allem war Lenja.


Ob sie sehr traurig war, dass sie nicht mit basteln durfte, kann ich euch jetzt nicht sagen. Allerdings hat sie alles mit wohlwollen beobachtet und mit Interesse begleitet.

So sieht der Tisch vorm kreativen Chaos aus.

Danach war nichts mehr von irgend einer Ordnung zu erkennen.

Da ein paar Mädels nicht ins Internet möchten, habe ich keine Fotos vom Workshop an sich. Bitte habt Verständnis.

Als Projekt haben wir dieses Osterkörbchen gemacht.

Diese Form kann man schnell zu einem Kinderwagen oder Picknickkorb umwandeln. Das Körbchen ist schnell und leicht gemacht und macht unheimlich was her.
Die Ostereier, die ihr sehen könnt sind vom Rollstempel Every Eggs. In braun gestempelt, ausgemalt, ausgeschnitten und mit Dimensionals geklebt. Leicht und effektvoll.

Die Mädels waren begeistert und zu recht stolz auf ihre Werke.

Von hier aus noch mal vielen Dank für den wunderschönen Nachmittag.

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Conny


Abschied

nein, nicht meiner. Ende letzter Woche hatte eine junge, nette Kollegin ihren letzten Tag im Büro. Nicht nur, dass die Kolleginnen und Kollegen hier gesammelt haben. Nein, jeder hat noch ein kleines Etikett mit persönlichen Worten versehen, ich habe von jedem Fotos gemacht und dann ein Flipalbum gestaltet.


Leider war ich Freitag nicht im Büro und konnte nicht sehen, wie sich die Kollegin gefreut hat. Doch als ich am Montag kam, lag ein sehr netter, lieber Brief von ihr auf meinem Schreibtisch. Die Überraschung ist voll und ganz gelungen.

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Conny

Saving Puppies …

We have done our part to control the dog population of our village by having all our dogs, and cats, fixed.  That would be five dogs and two cats so far, if you include the in-laws pets.  Not everyone in the village shares our concern over this matter but one hopes that leading by example will have an effect somewhere down the road.

So the story goes something like this.  One of our neighbors went to work in the big city and left their small black dog with another neighbor who just so happens to be our gardener.  She lives just across from our property and walks to work with the little black dog hopping along on three legs, keeping her company most of the day.  She lounges in the lush grass under our trees and scavenges leftover food which our dogs don’t eat.  She is nearly as good as our cat at catching and eating mice from the neighboring fields which is a plus.

She was run over by a truck sometime back and there was a question as to whether she would survive or not.  She did but one back leg doesn’t work.  When in heat, she is pretty much at the mercy of the male dogs in the area due to her handicap.  Even though our three males are shooting blanks they still have a go at her, as well.  Previously none of her pups survived, perhaps due to her injuries, so nothing was done about contraception.

This time she had a litter of four but they were hidden under a rice storage shack for the first two weeks so nobody was even sure how many there were.  The gardener seemed to think there were three pups.  Suddenly there appeared, in a planter between the stairs and the house, a single black puppy.  The thought crossed my mind, something may have happened to the others and she selected the strongest or remaining puppy and moved it a couple hundred meters to the safety of our house.

To our surprise the next day there were four, one black, one charcoal grey, one brownish and one white.  Perhaps a reflection of the number and variety of partners.  This planter seemed a safe place with one way in and out, a row of Dok Dala or ginger looking plants at the entrance, and a dirt area at the back where one of our dogs likes to sleep on hot days.  The earth had been moved around to the point that a hollow had been created just the right size for the mother and her brood.

I was not all together happy the mother had brought her pups to live at our house as we have enough dogs already and I have suggested they be given away once they are old enough.  They are really messing with Cookie, our golden retriever’s instincts, as she gets very excited at the squeaky puppy noises emanating from the den.

So yesterday my wife was at the university as usual on the weekend, and sent me a text saying it was starting to rain in Chiang Rai.  The haze was thick, making it hard to discern smoke from cloud but I moved a few things that looked like they might get wet if it started to rain a bit.  At first the rain was pretty much what I expected, light and barely enough to create a drip from the eves.

The rain stopped and I thought that was it, when I looked out to see a solid wall of grey that looked very out of place, approaching from the west.  Suddenly the trees were all bending at odd angles and rain was being driven horizontally against the windows and into the covered lanai off the living room.  We have a lot of windows and they don’t all hold up to the firehose test when the rain comes at this angle and intensity.  I was soon monitoring the windows on the west and north side of the house, making sure any leaks would not get out of control.

Even over the noise of the storm I could hear the puppies crying and at first their mother didn’t seem to know what to do.  Eventually she managed to move her pups up onto the lanai and under the table where normally they would be relatively safe.  Soon, however, the entire floor was covered with water from the driving rain, as the pups cried and shook from the cold.  I had enough to do in the house and there was too much flying debris for me to go outside yet but I was keeping an eye on things from inside.  At least they were safely out of their den which was filled with water at this point.

Once the rain stopped I made my way through the debris to find the puppies.  Looking around I couldn’t find anyplace that was dry, when I noticed an overturned plastic tub.  Not a hand bucket but a heavy-duty container they often use to mix up cement on a construction site.  It reminded me of the box I had seen in Hawaii on my recent trip.  There it was made of wood and held 12 Doberman puppies but the idea was the same.  Sides high enough to keep the puppies in but low enough for the mother to climb over.

At first the mother was not keen on this idea and tried moving her puppies but after I moved this container to another area and found some relatively dry rags, she finally settled down and began cleaning and feeding her little ones.  Today, after a rainy night and morning, they are still where I put them and they seem happy in their new home.  Their eyes have just opened and they are still quite helpless but they have a caring mother who is doing the best she can.

I am not convinced they have much of a future but for now we have inherited a situation we can do little about so we will do what we can.  I just hope my wife doesn’t get too attached.  It may already be too late.

By way of update, here is a shot of the puppies today and one of mother and pups with Cookie looking on, taken by my wife with her iPhone 5 a few days ago.



The BEST Server

This is not a new award from this site but it is special recognition for the best server - the person who takes care of you at your table - at any buffet that I have ever been to, and that includes a lot of buffets over many years. Her name is Lisa and she works at the Old Country Buffet in Bay Shore, New York. As I have heard, she has worked at this Old Country Buffet since it first opened many,

Geschenktüte

Heute möchte ich euch ein Werk meiner Tochter zeigen. Sie hat eine einfache Papierfrühstückstüte als Geschenkverpackung für eine nette Kleinigkeit, die sie ihrer Freundin schenken wollte, aufgehübscht.

Seht mal:
Ist die nicht süß? Vorallem, wenn ich mir das Motiv ansehe, ist das doch ein nette Idee für Ostern. Oder?

Nun wünsche ich euch ein wunderschönes Wochenende. Ich würde mich freuen, wenn mit dem meteoroligischem Frühling auch der richtige Frühling so langsam Einzug halten würde..... Mir fehlt die Sonne

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Conny

Things to do with Kids in Phuket

This blog post has been rolling around my head for a while. But it's hard to know where to start. I think Phuket is a great place for kids to live, a great place for kids to visit on holiday and a great place for families to experience together. Yes, together. I admit there may be a couple of times when a Mum and Dad might want to leave their kids at the hotel "kids club" and maybe got for a massage together or leave the kids with a babysitter and go for a "just the 2 of us" dinner, but mostly I would say this : Whatever you do, do it as a family. Let the kids experience a variety of places, smells, sights and sounds. In a way, almost all of this blog is about Phuket with kids, because I am a Dad and we are a family! Our kids were born here in Thailand, go to school here, speak Thai and English .. so I realise my situation is different to a visiting family, but the blog sticks to things that tourists can do and does not really dwell on the expat life. The main thing our kids do is school, plus they do extra activities like music and Taekwondo and football. There's a lot for kids to do if you live here ...

Kids football 2

Kids guitar band live on stage

(above) That's my boy playing football and playing guitar

Kids Taekwondo

(above) And my daughter practicing Taekwondo

There's a lot of "kids stuff" here and I am of course happy to let kids be kids, but also involve them in family activities. We often go out for the day at the weekend, or out in the evening to eat and I like them to get new experiences .. I also like to get new experiences myself, but almost always with my family, with the kids. Now, some things depend on the age of the kids, there are things to do in Phuket like parasailing or diving or bungy jumping and these are not for 2 year olds! Kids age 10 or older can try diving - my daughter has tried and I plan to take her for a proper dive trip soon. People often ask me "is this suitable for kids?" - I can tell you with our kids we did boat trips when they were a year old, drove all around Phuket and in the (more than) 6 years since this blog started they've come with us almost everywhere and they are happy to explore back roads, temples, islands ... We (I hope) manage to mix kids stuff with adult stuff. As every parent hopes .. we're doing our best!

Best Things for Kids in Phuket

I am not a fan of lists, but for this blog page, a kind of list is needed. This is not everything, suggestions welcome - please leave a comment on my Facebook Page. This might take a while and I will probably update the page as time goes by .... I asked my kids what they like doing, and they both went for Taekwondo and they both went for "The Beach Bar" ...

Sunset dinner for the kids at The Beach Bar

The Beach Bar is one of our favourite hangouts, we have been going there for years, our kids play with the owners kids, we can eat decent food at a good price, enjoy a sunset beer, it's safe, friendly, quiet. Yes, best thing to do with the kids .. go to the beach (and eat new food!). Kids also mentioned that they like Layan Beach and eating dinner at Dairy Hut and Kopitiam, a couple of restaurants in Phuket Town. I hope kids visiting Thailand try some Thai food - all part of the experience!

My son gave me "Khao Sok" as one of his favourite places - me too! Khao Sok National Park is not in Phuket, it's a few hours drive, past Khao Lak and into the jungle! We like to stay here to relax and get some jungly fresh air. We have also done boat trips on the lake, tubing and kayaking there. Oh yeh!

My boy and his kayak

Closer to Phuket, a great day out that we have done many times, with kids when they were as young as 2 years old, is a boat ride in Phang Nga Bay including James Bond Island and Koh Panyee.

Through the cave

My kids both (independently) wrote that they like to visit the Indy Market, which is on Thursday and Friday evenings in Phuket Town. I urge people always to try Phuket Town sometimes - and if you visit the old town early evening when the Indy Market is on, that's a good time. Better for older kids, not toddlers.

A great weekend we had last year (and will do again) ... we stayed on Racha Yai island, kids went snorkeling, enjoyed beach time, met huge monitor lizards, played in a pool with a great view. Add in the boat ride, the tractor-pulled shuttle from pier to hotel - kids got something new and interesting and had fun, and so did their parents!

Kids Jumping at Racha Yai Island

(above) My daughter and friends enjoying Racha Yai island :)

Next ... Phuket Aquarium. We have been here countless times over the years since our daughter was a baby. Fish! Wow! Fish! Amazing! Colours! Fantastic! And as they get older, Dad the diver can educate them about species and the environment and we all have a good time. And the entry fee is cheap too. They learn something new every time we visit. And it's close to the aforementioned Beach Bar :)

Kids in the tunnel at Phuket Aquarium

And then nerdy Dad takes over. I like my kids to have fun. And learn. Hopefully, sometimes, both at the same time. So, kids let's go to a museum. Phuket has a number of museums and a few of them are very good. The kids have enjoyed several visits to the Mining Museum. Phuket used to have a big tin mining industry back in the 19th century through to the mid 20th century. We've also enjoyed family visits to the Thai Hua museum in Phuket Town, which is mostly about Phuket history and housed in an old school.

Thai Hua Museum Entrance

Let's Rock!

(above) The kidz at the Thai Hua Museum and Phuket Mining Museum

Enough nerdy stuff, let's have some fun (balance, balance). I think I'll have to take the kids to the Splash Jungle Waterpark again sometime soon. They've been twice, it's not that cheap, but boy did they have fun. Can't put a price on a happy face. There's more watery fun at the Phuket Wake Park - both kids have been enjoying wakeboarding and water skiing recently!.

Splash Jungle Waterpark Phuket

Phuket Wake Park

Or how about some mini golf? We've been to the Dino Park mini golf near Kata Beach and the newer Adventure minigolf at Bang Tao Beach. Fun for everyone!

Hole in One?

And I am sure the kids will enjoy Phuket Fantasea or the newer Siam Niramit show. Our kids have seen Fantasea a couple of times and I'd like to go again. Part of the "magic" in these shows is (as an adult) watching your kids watching the show. Watch their magical faces. You might know how the trick is done, but for them it's magic.

Me and the boy at Phuket Fantasea

Like I said, we do like to go exploring sometimes and the kids come and explore with us. A trip we have done a couple of times, and will do again, involves taking a ferry to the small island of Koh Yao Noi, hiring scooters and riding round the island to see what we can see. Kids have loved these days out. New experiences are good for young minds.

Kids exploring the east coast of Koh Yao Noi island

(above) Our kids and friends exploring at Koh Yao Noi

Our kids also love festivals and street fairs - I guess Songkran would be their favourite, and Loy Krathong, and events like the recent Old Phuket Festival. My daughter and I enjoyed walking together and visiting the shrine during last years Por Tor Festival. For a visiting tourist kid, experiencing festivals like these would be great!

Por Tor Festival 2012 in Phuket

(above) Buying a turtle cake as an offering for the Por Tor Festival

Take That Sister!

(above) Having fun on Songkran

This page could go on forever, kids don't have to do "kids things" all the time, a balance of fun, learning, new experiences, time with the family, time to run off without Mum and Dad. Our kids are happy to visit a temple, try new restaurants, and we've been a couple of times to watch Phuket FC, the local football team - last time my son was one of the team mascots :)

Phuket and Chanthaburi Teams Enter the Field

Prayers at Khao Rang Temple

(above) Our son as team mascot, and the kids at Khao Rang temple

Phuket has so much to do and see, some of it is "for kids", but (and you don't need to listen to me) I think if you go on holiday as a family, you should explore and experience things as a family. Most kids enjoy doing things with their parents, so if you want to check out a Chinese shrine, visit a museum or walk around Old Phuket Town, take the kids. And by all means have a day by the pool too! I guess what I am saying ... having kids should not limit what you do too much unless the kids are really small. I guess I should add - be aware that it's hot here, so make sure kids drink plenty of water and get their rest. Have fun with the family!

A final photo ... Phuket is great for kids because ....

Mai Khao Beach, Phuket. Kids Jumping!

Related posts ...

Top 10 Phuket Family Hotels
Things to do on a wet day in Phuket

was für ein Film

Ich hatte schon einen kreativen Beitrag für euch vorbereitet. Doch den habe ich nun erst mal auf nächste Woche verschoben. Warum?

Gestern Abend hatte ich eine Einladung ins Kino. Gold - Du kannst mehr als Du denkst.

Kein Film wie man sie sonst aus den Kinos kennt. Ein Dokumentarfilm. Auch kein sehr leichter Film. So empfand ich es jedenfalls. Aber absolut sehenswert. Wenn ihr es einrichten könnt, schaut ihn euch an.

Egal wie man ins Kino geht, in welcher seelischen, aber auch körperlichen Verfassung. Ihr geht anders wieder aus dem Kino raus. Versprochen. Ein Film der Mut macht, aufbaut, einem seine eigene Sicht wieder etwas gerade rückt.

Ich kann ihn nur empfehlen.

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Conny