Sunday 16 April 2017

One Daily Positive Week 15 Hong Kong to Dubai to South Wales and the teen turns 18.

In the past 18 days I've flown almost 18000 miles, spent 44 hours in the air and 24 hours in airports. That's the equivalent to a return trip to Aberdeen from London every day. I started the week with Peter in Hong Kong at the Rugby 7's on an all expenses paid trip. I didn't find out till Tuesday night who had actually paid for this trip. It was a raffle with Emirates Leisure Retail, which I'd entered at Mr Toad's on our regular Wednesday night pub quiz we go to with friends.
Sunday was spent at the Rugby 7s finals, there was a fair amount of beer drunk and cheering for South Africa against Fiji in the finals.

Monday we explored Kowloon on the mainland and all the markets. 

We arrived back in Dubai late on Tuesday evening. 

On Wednesday Peter was in work. I visited the cat, who clawed, purred and moulted and walked back to her cage, unpacked and repacked cases, did a couple of loads of washing, ran the hoover round and went off to see Bob, who was very pleased to see me, but when I left after the pub quiz (which we won) and dinner, he took himself off to bed, with just a quick backward glance in my direction.

Thursday we flew to the UK, Peter had to go into the office in the morning and I went out to a mall for coffee, before arriving at the airport at midday. A stress free flight and straight through passport only to wait 90 minutes for the ground crew to unload the Airbus A380. Birmingham airport may be able to accept the Airbus for landing but it is not equipped to deal with that many passengers at one time. We collected car hire and drove to South Wales.

Friday was the teens 18th birthday and we celebrated in a local restaurant with all our family and close friends who have been involved in the children's lives since they were born.

Saturday we collected various kids and all met up in Cheltenham for an hour or so. This is the first time we've all been together as a family of 7 since 2007. It is also the first time in 10 years that we've all been in the same country at the same time.

99/365 Yellow. Hong Kong Rugby 7's.

100 Dance. Hong Kong viewed from Kowloon.

 101 Wide Angle. Hong Kong viewed from Victoria Peak.

 102 (throw my) HAT (in the ring) Back at quiz night in Dubai which we won (again) and the pub where I entered the raffle for the Hong Kong trip.

 103 Flower. In my garden in Dubai.

 104. Road Trip. Me, Hubby, the teen on his 18th Birthday, child 3 of 5 who travelled down from Leeds to South Wales.

105. Bunny. The first time in 10 years we've all managed to be in the same country at the same time, let alone all meet up, it was a logistical nightmare and who cares it was only for 30 minutes and in a supermarket car park. It made me very happy, yet equally sad as we all went our separate ways. 

On the blog this week:

My Sunday Photo - H is for Hong Kong 
HDYGG and PoCoLo - A visit to the flower market in Kowloon
Animal Tales -
Monday Escapes - Viewing the Big 5 at Kruger National Park
Triumphant Tales - Marriage after the kids leave home


  1. What a week! You mustn't have known where you were and what time it was at all. So pleased you were able to celebrate your son's birthday and it must have been very special to get the family together, even for such a short time.

    1. it was fantastic getting everyone together

  2. wow another manic week travelling and trying to squeeze in so much. Hong Kong must have been an amazing place to visit , still cannot believe you won that trip! And then you were back ion the UK but how lovely to meet up with all of your children, and I totally understand how it must be happy for you to see them all, but then sad once the reunion is over . x

    1. Hong Kong really was an experience and a half

  3. Glad you manage to make the hong kong trip, and you seem to have enjoyed it, still feel it was a shame it came at a time you were out of the country.
    Nice to get the whole family together, we always have the boys missing, but the girls all enjoy being with each other.
    Well done on winning the pub quiz.

    1. yes i really was a shame that it came when i already had travel planned, but hey ho, i'm not one to say no to a freebie

  4. You must be shattered but what a time to remember. It mist have been wonderful to have everyone together, even if it was only for a fleeting moment #365

    1. it was wonderful getting all the kids together

  5. i'm back home in Dubai now for the next 8 weeks and planning on doing nothing

  6. What a week! How wonderful that you got that family photo, that's priceless x