BRIDGE OF SIZE / SIGHS……….. (PONTE DEI SOSPIRI)

The  narrow bridge in question provides a very convenient short cut for me on the ride from my condo to the main part of Cha-Am; it is only wide enough for pedestrians, bicycles and small motorbikes / scooters, and I have crossed it hundreds of times.

Last Monday evening, returning from dinner, as I rode onto the bridge, an unseen wet patch caused the front wheel of my rented scooter to slide sideways, crashing the right handlebar against the side of the bridge. I did not fall off, but my right hand got in the way of the altercation between the handlebar and the bridge………. ouch ouch and friggin ouch………

It was 11pm so I rode home, wrapped an old tea-towel around my hand and went to sleep. When I examined my hand the next morning, I realised that the steri-strip’s and plasters that I had in my first-aid kit were not going to be much use; so I rode (back across the bridge) to the little hospital in Cha-am, where a lovely young nurse sewed my little finger back together with 13 stitches, and put 4 stitches in the next finger……….. they were the only parts of my hand to be damaged.

I have been returning every day to the hospital to have the wounds cleaned and the dressings changed, and tomorrow they will remove the stitches if they are sufficiently happy with the healing process.

I must say that the service has been excellent, and although I have been stitched-up, it has only been literally and certainly not metaphorically; the first days treatment cost 775 Baht (about £15.50) which included the stitches, a course of antibiotics, a pack of pain killers and lots of smiles and laughter from the lovely young nurses……….. and wound cleaning and dressing changing has been 140 Baht (£2.80) per day.

Determined not to give my mishap more than a frowning hour, and searching for a silver lining, as you really have to at such times, I found a wonderful fruit stall on my way back from the hospital that I was unaware of before; I now stop there everyday for my Papaya’s, Mango’s, Bananas et al………. and you know, one of the things I really love about this wonderful country, they (most of them) don’t try and charge you a Johnny foreigner price, they are just happy to serve you and are pleased that you want to buy their lovely fruits………

 

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Above and below……….. the offending bridge……………..

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Above and below………. ouch (^*^)

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Above……… it was my little finger that bore the brunt of the unprovoked attack from the bridge……………fortunately I will not be taking tea at the Ritz in the near future !!

And below, from my new fruit supplier, a lovely papaya, 2 succulent mango’s and a bunch of sweet bananas…….. 85 Baht (£1.70)  ………  happy days (^∆*)

 

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THE SAND IN THE HOURGLASS IS RUNNING LOW……….

THE SAND IN THE HOURGLASS

IS RUNNING LOW

A VOICE IN THE MIRROR

TELLS ME IT’S TIME TO GO

I’LL LEAVE BEHIND FRIENDS

AND MY RECYCLING BINS

I’LL SWITCH OFF MY OLD LIFE

AS A NEW ONE BEGINS

I have just completed the purchase of an apartment (condo) in a small condominium development in the charming seaside town of Cha-Am on the western side of the gulf of Thailand…………It is a good sized condo (101 sq. meters) with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a large balcony with a lovely outlook.
The condominium has 2 good sized swimming pools, a small kiddies pool and the grounds front right onto a quiet beach.

I moved in a couple of weeks ago and feel immediately comfortable here, which is just as well because I intend to move here permanently; I will return to Isleworth in April to sell my car, scooter, hi-fi and other possessions that are not viable to ship out here………….. Thailand has a crazy system of import duty, to import my Alfa Romeo into the country would incur a whopping 300% import tax

As for my lovely flat in Isleworth, I will probably rent it out, which will give me a very healthy monthly income, or I may consider selling it and reinvesting in a smaller cheaper flat in the area, which will still give me a nice monthly income and will also release a nice chunk of cash for me to splash around out here…………

My condo is a ten minute ride on a scooter from the main beach at Cha-Am, where I like to go for a swim and a lunch of somtum (green papaya salad, as I am sure you all know by now)……..I am renting a scooter at the moment, but I have just placed a deposit on an order for a new Vespa Sprint 150, in white (see publicity photo) and when I return next year, I will buy a new car……….Alfa Romeo not available here, so maybe a new Mazda CX3 which is going on sale next spring………..

Below are a few photos of my apartment and the condominium grounds and pools

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Above and below, I delayed moving in for 2 days after the completion to have the condo redecorated……….every wall was pink………. nah !!

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All the furniture was part of the sale agreement and is good enough for the time being……….I will fit a new kitchen and I need to buy a decent TV and Hi-Fi and some furniture for them to sit on…………

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Above………..pink walls……… and below, view from my decent sized balcony

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Above……… there is a large paved sun-bathing area with steps leading down into the gulf of Thailand………and below, a publicity photo of the Vespa Sprint that I have ordered

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