The Good In April we found out that we were expecting our first child, which is due in November. Being no spring chicken, this is a huge, although welcome surprise. As my Thai only extends to ordering curries and asking where a bus is headed, I have opted to have the baby in the UK, so that I can pester doctors, midwives etc. in my own language. This means this summer's trip will be for rather longer than usual.
However, with the benefits of internet, Skype and other technologies, I will still be communicating with customers and helping to arrange their treks and tours. Unfortunately I won't be able to greet those of you who stay in our guest hut in person, but I have full confidence that Deaw will make you most welcome in my absence.
and now to less happy news.
The Bad As great as new technologies are for being able to keep an eye on things from a distance, sadly you cannot always control circumstances. A week ago, Deaw was in a car accident and was hospitalised with a punctured lung. Having been dismissed from the first hospital after 1 night with a herbal gobstopper given as medicine, he went for a second opinion elsewhere. He is now fortunately on the mend but sadly we've had to cancel our tours for July and the beginning of August. We feel terrible for having to do this and thank those of you who were affected for being so understanding. If next year you are back in Thailand, please get on touch...we'll give you 'special price' :) and I will personally wrap Deaw in bubble wrap and not allow him near any vehicles or machinery for the month preceding your tour.
If you are looking to do a tour later with us this summer then please carry on and make enquiries. On the 6th August he visits the hospital for a check up and will hopefully be given the all clear to resume trekking.
and now the ....hmmm.
For anyone planning to have a child or currently pregnant....a vanity warning. Do not be tempted to use 'babymorph' web based apps in moments of boredom or curiosity, to see what your 'little bean' may look like. I did and even selected the best photos I could find of us and the result was.....hmmm.