Tom was born in London in 1881. He came from a large and very poor family, so at the age of 13 he enlisted with the Royal Fusiliers His ambition - to find a better life and to have some adventures.
Living in the tropics is most peoples idea of heaven. We've lived in Thailand now for nearly ten years and its been a wonderful journey of discovery with all that life has to offer. Happiness?
Gardening in the tropics is a different ball-game to gardening in more temperate climes. I had to learn a whole new set of rules, the most important being how fast everything grows and how easily!
There are many old houses in Thailand that lay empty and decaying. But this really was a house of memories and I can never visit it without feeling someone is watching me. It feels like a sadness
Being apart for a few months of the year brings us closer together. It was not from choice that this situation arose, but its made our love very, very strong!
The wonderful bird population of Thailand is amazing. It makes walking the dog in the morning such a pleasure and I'm now beginning to recognise different songs. My favourite is the Malkoha.
Batiks are an incredible statement of a culture! they are totally unique to those countries that produce them and I love them with an passion bordering on obsession!
A life changing event that has proved the best thing we've ever done. Thailand continues to be a wonderful place to retire to. Every day is exciting! To all contemplating such a move, 'JUST DO IT'!
My dogs are a continual source of inspiration, but sometimes they just amaze me with the foods that they enjoy. Durian? how could they...? and that's not all!
Dogs love their owners and to be with them is the one thing that makes them happy. You chose to have a dog, so when you choose to move to another country, think seriously about your 'best friend'.