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Nov 20, 2017 - Delicious roast turkey Thanksgiving dinner.

Today I had a few things to do, including going over to Peter's house with my laptop, to get it set up ready for moving over there. Tim was there when I got there, so it was nice to sit and chat with the guys for a while. I got the laptop plugged in and up and running, but Peter could not work out how to install his VPN for me, so will have to make do with just the one on my phone for now, it seems. We spent ages, to no avail, and eventually it was almost time to set off for our Thankgiving Dinner. But firstly, we took Hugo down for a...

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Nov 19, 2017 - Yin Yang Village.

This morning I did not need to have an early start. We are heading out to a Yin Yang village, which is out of town. Juliet told me about it the other day, and it looks very interesting. I had invited Melrose to join us, so it will be a great day out. Juliet is going to meet us at the front gate of the college at 1pm. Melrose came over at about noon, and we went over the road to the little Wallace restaurant, which is a like a local, small version of KFC. Much cheaper and just as nice in fact. When we met Juliet, we went around the corner to...

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Nov 18, 2017 - Lotus pond reflections.

I was meeting Melrose at about 7 for dinner at Bai Pin Tang, so hung around the apartment for most of the day. I was hoping to contact Peter about his house sitting gig, but could not find his contact details anywhere. Oh well, if he needs me, I am sure he will find out how to contact me. I got sick of hanging around, so headed out at about 4.30, deciding to have a wander around the lotus pond, and see what remained there. I'm still playing with settings on my new phone, to try and improve my photos. I found a flower on the fence of a local...

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Nov 17, 2017 - Wonderful treatment at our affiliated hospital.

I woke up at a reasonable hour today, and got some washing done, before heading out to the pharmacy across the road. I had a photo of the pills I was after on my Wechat page, courtesy of Greg. It was no problem to get what I needed, after showing the assistant the photo. And the packet cost me the enormous amount of 11.3 rmb. Less than $2.50! Just like in Australia, you need to show ID to get them, as they are paracetemol and pseudo-ephedrine. I got home, took the first tablet, and then messaged Juliet to say that I had bought medicine, and...

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Nov 16, 2017 - Another day in the sick bed.

I woke up feeling a bit better this morning, but my nose and eyes are still streaming. I was planning to go into town at lunch time, to get a salad from Starbucks for my dinner, and a new fitted sheet for my bed. During the morning, Scott had been talking to his Aussie friend Peter, who has just arrived back in Zhaoqing. He is going to have to go back to Australia for a week or so, and has asked if I could house sit for him, and take care of his little dog. We will hopefully meet up with him tomorrow, so I can see where he lives, and just...

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Nov 15, 2017 - Grounded today!

I am so happy that I bought a salad to bring home and put in the fridge, because I have woken up with a pouring nose and running eyes. So it was home and bed for me. I need to kick this very quickly, so I'll just lay low in the meantime. Wish me well for a rapid recovery.

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Nov 14, 2017 - To the mountain with Melrose, and a great play with my new phone camera capacity!

I had been doing some chores, still uploading photos, etc., and was about to get a shower and get dressed, ready to go out to the new campus for Scott's afternoon class. But, he told me that his class was cancelled. Melrose and I had been trying to co-ordinate times to take a bus ride out of town, and had been having trouble with that. But she is free on Tuesday afternoon, so I messaged her, and we arranged to meet at around 2.30, to take a #29 up to Beiling Mountain. It was an interesting ride getting there, with the bus zigzagging all...

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Nov 13, 2017 - A very quiet day in resting mode.

I woke up reasonably early, but then went back to sleep until about 11am! I sure needed it. So I had a very slack day, mostly just uploading photos onto this site. I did go to class with Scott at 4.20, and had a good time with the students. I had a conversation activity ready for them, and they performed admirably. We had one of the young English teachers who sat in on the class and joined in. Her name is Juliet, and she has been here for two years. Lovely girl, and we were talking during the break, about what techniques she used to...

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Nov 12, 2017 - A wonderful visit, but time to go home to Zhaoqing.

After a rather long night, with not enough sleep, due to mosquitoes and the very hard bed, I finally fell asleep, and didn't wake until about 9am. But that was fine, as Landsa and Emma had only been up a little while too. I had a coffee - a very necessary start for my day, and then we headed out to a little restaurant in the local community for breakfast. Landsa ordered way too much food, but she said that she wanted me to sample lots of different foods! After breakfast, we headed to the car, and set off to the immense Higher Education Mega...

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Nov 10, 2017 - Thinking about tomorrow.

I did not have a lot to do today, but that's all ok. I have written a list for what I need to take with me to Guangzhou tomorrow. Nothing much, but I prefer to make sure I don't forget something crucial, and a list is the way for me to go. I went out about 4.30. I have a photo of kangaroos for Emma, and I wanted to get it laminated, ready to give it to her. That was easy, and then I wanted to go to the markets at Renmin Zhonglu. I wanted to get some more knitting yarn. As I walked from the bus to the market, I passed a shop with lots of...

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Nov 9, 2017 - Evening walk along the western bank of Star Lake.

I sent a message to Melrose, and we arranged to meet at 5.30, and have a walk along the western bank of Star Lake, before looking for somewhere to have dinner. It was still daylight when we set out, although night was rapidly approaching. The lake was very still, and the potential for reflections is huge. One thing I love is the way they play coloured lights up into the trees. It gives an amazing look to the evening. We walked quite a long way, and came across an area where there were four or five restaurants/bars. One looked good quite...

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Nov 8, 2017 - A long trek to buy a train ticket.

Today the rain had eased off, so I decided to go ahead and do my washing, before I went out. My plan is to get a train ticket to go to Guangzhou this weekend. As a ticket can't be bought online, until they have confirmed my passport in person. So that is my objective for the day. While the washing was in progress, I swept floors, and even mopped up. Just makes it feel so much better. And I did dishes. So with all the household chores under control, it was time to head out to the train station. So, off I go, and get a #12 bus, which as I...

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