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    My last morning in Somerset before we go of to the airport.

    I linger at the view from my mum's house, which is also the house I grew up in. Between the grass field and the earth with corn stubble field in the background, the line of trees mark a river where I spent half my childhood fishing for trout. I miss those days, but have realised that it's not so much the UK or Somerset I miss, but it's those times growing up here I miss. Much as I get filled with nostalgia when I visit, it's not home any more.



    And then up and away. Bye bye Somerset... UK... evenings watching crap telly... dank grey weather and drizzle...

    That's Blagdon Lake on the left, where I spent the other half of my childhood fishing for trout. My mum's village is in the foreground... which is why I always fly KLM for these trips. Bristol Airport is that close, and the routing via Amsterdam i perfect. If it wasn't for the bladdy wing, you'd be able to see me mum'e house in that pic!



    And the Somerset sun does exist after all! Hello sun... I've been missing you!



    The visit back to my roots was great... but three weeks was definitely enough. I've had my fill of pies, cheese, back bacon and sausages. I'll never have my fill of cider, but the occasional trip down to Bangkok will sort that out. Korat doesn't feel like a permanent home, but it's good enough for now. The daughter's happy and settled, doing well at school, the wife's happy, and anyway, I've hot half of Isaan's dogs relying on me - I'm going no-where for the time being. The gardener kept Vigo and Anna well fed over Christmas, by the way!

    And besides, if you can't live in the UK... you can bring the UK to Korat! Not a bad little haul!



    I've also realised how important the weather is... I hate dark evenings inside watching tv. My first night back in the garden, sorting out the dogs new matching collars and leads! Yep, even the dogs get Christmas presents in this house!



    And I know one little girl who's very happy to be home. My daughter loves visiting the UK... but Korat is most definitely home for her!



    My jobs done, I enjoy my first and last drink in Korat for a while. It's time to get focused again and maybe start with revisiting Cujo's thread. Three weeks in the UK and I've reached a lifetime peak in weight - but easily sorted... starting tomorrow...

    And also tomorrow morning... a bum gun! God I've missed the bum gun!

    Cheers everyone!


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    Superb effort throughout, Mendip.

    Nice haul of food to bring back, and you're sooo right about the bum gun; it's truly the Thai people's greatest gift to the world, every home should have one (at least).

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    awesome thread, thanks for sharing that wonderful trip, it was like being there

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    Welcome back mate.

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    Enjoyed your trip report, nice haul indeed.

    You should try making your own cider as a hobby, although the cost of apples in Thailand might prohibit this.

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    ^ Yes, apples aren't cheap here.

    We have a big crop of mangoes developing right now... I wonder if mango cider is a possibility? I'll look into it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    Superb effort throughout, Mendip.

    Nice haul of food to bring back, and you're sooo right about the bum gun; it's truly the Thai people's greatest gift to the world, every home should have one (at least).
    Yes, the pleasures of a bum gun can't be overestimated in my opinion, particularly if you have a hairy arse!

    I've never understood the reluctance of some Westerners to use one, or the disgust of people who've never been to Asia when I describe one.

    Maybe I was hesitant the first time... all those years ago. I really can't remember it now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    the pleasures of a bum gun can't be overestimated in my opinion
    You are not meant to insert the fucker

    In England buy baby wipes you hairy arsed, winnited fuck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    You are not meant to insert the fucker

    In England buy baby wipes you hairy arsed, winnited fuck
    I had to look up 'winnited' and yet again this forum has taught me something!

    I'm gonna take all that as a compliment... I think...

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    I looked it up and still don't understand it...

    &, Dilly, why aren't bum guns for insertion? I might have to ask Papillion his view of this issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    ^ Yes, apples aren't cheap here.

    We have a big crop of mangoes developing right now... I wonder if mango cider is a possibility? I'll look into it.
    Indeed.
    Quite possible to produce a cider from numerous local fruits.
    Needn't be exclusive to apples.

    Experimentation is the enjoyable aspect.

    Or....if you really want to become adventurous, tropical fruits can be finely distilled into lovely elixirs.
    Last edited by HuangLao; 07-01-2020 at 05:46 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    I looked it up and still don't understand it...
    Bloody Southerners

    Definition. winnits rate. Or: winnets , a Britishism for bits of dried feces sticking to anal hair. SYNONYMS: bum crumbs; bumtags; chug nuts; clagnuts; clinkers; coco-pops; cranberries; dags; dillberries; dangleberries; dingleberries; fartleberries; kling-ons; tagnuts; toffee strings; wilnuts.

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    Oh dear. I thought it was to do with Winnie The Poo...

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    Aaahhh... I see... so not really a compliment after all!

    I went to a different website for my definition!

    Betty, I didn't really understand it either, but knowing Dill's good nature assumed it was a compliment!

    So is Dill short for Dillberry?

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    Excellent thread and one of the best in awhile. Cheers mate!!

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    Ski walk man is actually using hiking poles, but why you'd need them in Somerset is beyond me. It's flat (apart from the Mendips )!

    An excellent thread, both commentary and pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap View Post
    Ski walk man is actually using hiking poles, but why you'd need them in Somerset is beyond me. It's flat!

    An excellent thread, both commentary and pictures.
    Slaps, you're such a legend, please come to Korea!

    If you're willing to lay yourself into my kind hands then I will pay for everything - I'm not sure I can Slaps fuk'd up, but I will try; we can do it!

    BTW, I'm not sure, after your lycra man experience, that you have the right to comment on hiking pole man; just say'in (you rampant man o man initiator [in lycra, ironically!]).
    How do I post these pictures???

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