December Sunbathing

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
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Flag of India  , Goa,
Thursday, December 9, 2010

The decision of 'should we stay or should we go?' was a very easy one to make once we had taken the few steps out of the beach hut and onto the sand. A wonderful breakfast of fresh fruit, yogurt and fruit muesli (Polly) and fried eggs and chips (Fat Mike) only confirmed that this was a great place to rest up for a day before the last haul into the madness that awaits in Mumbai.  Palolem beach is undoubtedly one of the nicest places we have been to, the pristine sands stretch from one end of the bay to the other with lush forest surrounding and palms draping over the beach.  The beach hut we had was on the sand and at the bottom of the ladder was the connecting bar/restaurant which provided all of today’s meals.  The sun was out and all that was left to do was sit back on the sun lounger and relax.  There were some disturbing performances going on by local kids who had clearly been trained up from the moment they could walk.  One 2 year old boy, moustache painted on, did a mad little wiggle dance as his sister banged a drum. Another tiny girl child gave a wonderful tight rope display, at one point crossing the rope on a bicycle wheel.  A swim, a sunbathe, a mango lassi and so the day continued.  To complete the beach experience we even played some bit-bat (beach tennis) but the heat meant it was only a short set. As did the fact that we seem to have no aerobic fitness whatsoever – the only thing we are good for is cycling! We also suddenly felt concerned about pulling muscles etc – something that could actually put the entire trip in jeopardy. Later it was a really strange experience to sit back on the balcony thinking about what December has always been like for the last 30 odd years.  I can safely say I have never spent a day in December sunbathing before.  An hour blogging and a good Skype session with Highfield was a welcome break but then it was back to enjoy the sun going down.  Supper on the sand and a stroll afterwards to enjoy the fireworks and that was that.  We can safely put a tick in the ‘Beaches of Goa’ box, done!
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triciagick
triciagick on

Well you two - all looks very satisfactory - can't imagine why you want to leave all that behind for busy bustling cities!! xx

triciagick
triciagick on

PS Flora is 11 today xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Jojo on

Wonderful to speak to you and see you!! You are both looking so well and I am glad you are enjoying that cocktail on the beach that Amanda recommended. Have just finished cooking up 7+ kilos of beef stew with liberal splashes from 3ltr box of wine - all for the sake of Olaf Henry. Elizabeth, Amanda, Mandy and I went to see Harry Potter last night leaving CJB in charge of Master O. Good bonding session I think - CJB lit the fire and they settled in on the sofe with a couple of bottles.

Goa looks really lovely - it seems hard to believe the heat you are in when we are really freezing here.

All love Jojo and Christopher
PS. Happy birthday Flora!

Mum and Dad on

Got your photo message-great picture.Beaches look lovely-well most of them!Like the hut.Looks very relaxing and warm.Very cold here--boo but your blogs keep us going.They are always so interesting and we love the pictures.
Lots of lovexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Spigaroo on

Just had a good catch up session. Can't imagine how you find the time and energy to do the blogs but please keep it up as we love hearing what you've been up to in so much detail. Sounds as though things have been pretty tough for you in recent weeks but you seem to be coping with it so well. Definitely sounds like a good move to slow down and drink it all in. Hope Mikey is over his cold now - must be pretty grim cycling with that. Very cold in UK at the moment - had three snow days off school last week which was totally wonderful and very much needed. Almost into the last week of term and cannot wait. Must be so liberating to not be living term by term at the moment. I always feel like I'm just clinging on for the next holiday! Starting to get very sad that we will not be going to Bosham for Christmas. Kennedy is doing an excellent job of preparing to host but we will miss you hugely - I hope we can get the skype system sorted out. Take care of each other on those roads - not long till Christmas now Xxx

JoJo on

Well we now have a new little Christian amonst us - Olaf Henry behaved like a star at his christening - so proud that Tricia, Alan, Dan and a real host of others came to the Church for the service. A really happy occasion and great stuff at the club afterwards. Then a lunch for 18 in the conservatory here - sun shining all day so we rather baked until the sun started to go down so after mountains of beef stew, mince pies and gooey fudge chocolate cake, cheese and biscuits we have lit the fire. I am now just waiting for 7 o'clock to arrive and I can listen to the Archer and have a G&T.


Such good news about Ruth having Grace Evelyn - I just love those names so much - it all sounded like a pretty tough time for Ruthie (a bit like me giving birth to that Elizabeth) but I am sure she will have forgotten about it as soon as she held her daughter.

Not long now before you see your family - I hope you don't have to bust a gut to get there ontime! All thinkingof you and mentioned in prayers.


All love Jojo and Christopher

triciagick
triciagick on

Well here's a little experiment - trying to be the first to get a happy christening day photo to you! Only way I could do it, was to change my profile picture - so it might give everyone a shock to think Olaf's already blogging! Yes, lovely, lovely day and I ate far too much breakfast - yummy... Dan decided to see what Communion was like and followed Amanda up the aisle - I told him to just get blessed - but, not enough for Dan, so he sampled wafer and wine - not over impressed. Think the Church owes Dan an unqualified communion after giving him a hard time with his tiger when he was only four years old ( sorry - bit of an old Gick church joke). Anyway - special day and you two were much missed. The countdown has begun - got some clothes out and a suitcase - bit peeved the empty case weighs 4 kg - doesn't leave much to play with! Hope to speak before we leave. Tons of love xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Jojo on

I promise you that Christopher is NOT holding a glass in his hand!!!

Charlotte on

Very true, the Christening was a lovely day and great to see so many people there the celebrate with George and Elizabeth. Show what a great little boy he is!!! Jojo's lunch was fantastic :-)
Elizabeth and I had a girls night out on Friday, after George kindly offered to babysit, and we managed to glug back far too much white wine. We were spurred on even more when we found out Ruthie had had a baby girl and were suffering next morning to say the least. All good training for Christmas celebrations me thinks......
Heading home in a bit to put the Christmas decorations up, starting to feel festive now - must be strange being in the heat during the run up to Christmas.
Lots of love Cxxx

Elizabeth & Olaf on

Hiya guys, hope all is good and you are having happy cycling!!
xx

betty on

Hello again. Hurray for Elizabeth, I can now talk to you. Have really enjoyed reading your news. So interesting, so well written - all human life is there! Have you had the chance to rest a bit where you are now? Some of your journeys have been pretty full on!
We're doing all the usual Christmas things here in very cold weather. Olaf's christening was lovely in that beautiful church on a sunshiny day - afterwards really nice breakfast party at the Sailing Club. An occasion to remember.
I'm flying up to Edinburgh for Christmas, as ever, with my sister and her family next Monday (at least I hope I am, more snow and ice on it's way end of this week). Alan and Tricia are off tomorrow and Dan some days later, I understand. I do hope that you all have a great Christmas I shall keep reading your news. Lots of love to you both, Betty

Jojo on

We are all on tender-hooks waiting to here that A&T have arrived and you have joined up with them - please let us kow asap!!

CJB and I slipped off to France on Monday and got back yesterday, Elizabeth and George left for Zermatt first thing this morning and Olaf is in Amanda's tender care. She says he did not trust her at swiming and clung on. CJB and I will have sole charge when she goes off on Friday and the Charlotte and Giles take him from us un Sunday until the parents get back- it's quite a responsibilty for all and sundry!

AMB at the momentis having a horrible time with her bank - someone had defrauded her of over £1,000 last week and she has just dicovered that another £300 had gone today - as you can imagine she is fit to burst.

All love Jojo and Christopher

Caroline and Matthew on

We wish you a very Happy Christmas and an exciting but safe New Year! XX

Maddie Hathaway on

Just caught up on your trip- amazing is all I can say. Have a brilliant Christmas in the warm sun, lucky things- we could be in for a white one!

Lindy Campbell on

Missing the travelogue - hope all is well and looking forward to the next instalment. Assume you are now with Alan & Trica and Dan ? - have a wonderful time and enjoy the heat!!!!!
Lots of love Lindy

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