Time to hit the golf course

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 21, 2011

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The sight of Dan at breakfast was a good one. However, after going full throttle at the Fried eggs and bacon he soon retreated to the room.  Poor chap is really not having a good time.  An Indian tour bus leaving the hotel was causing the inevitable chaos that we have grown so familiar with.  A full on pile up down the high street meant for much horn blowing and shouting.  The breakfast was as ever great but I am now feeling the effects of 2 week's worth of fry ups.  I need to get back on the bike.  The morning was spent rearranging flights.  Alan and Tricia have decided to stay for another week and fly back with Dan, thereby avoiding the trauma of saying goodbye today.  Contacting British Airways was much harder than one would think but Alan sorted it in the end.  Polly and I have decided to continue our journey into Tibet.  We decided it was an opportunity not to be missed and although there are all sorts of visa complications prohibiting us from cycling we have gone for it with fingers crossed.  As part of the deal we have sent our passports with somebody on a flight to Kathmandu.  It is a questionable move but hey, what’s the worst that can happen?!!  I decided it was time for golf.  I had read about The Himalayan Golf Cub and set off to find it.  I had to take a motorbike, only problem being I have never ridden one before.  Mopeds, yes, but nothing with gears.  It was a baptism of fire bouncing my way along the main road to Kathmandu.  Finding some clear road I let rip and made my way through the gears.  The golf club took some finding but I eventually rocked up at some gates.  There was nobody around and I went cross country to find the clubhouse. I was greeted by a couple of young lads.  They would turn out to be my caddie and ball boy!  I had a unique round of golf.  Stunning driving across rivers surrounded by snowy mountains.  Even more unique because rather than leave a ball when I hit it into the river, the ballboy stripped off and waded in to find it.  The caddie was the Nepal junior champion and was not too impressed with my rusty swing.  I met up with Polly back at Moondance where she had been updating the blog all day (you may have noticed we have got way behind).  The evening sun on the Annapura range was stunning tonight.  Pols and I have booked a guide to take us mountain biking tomorrow, very exciting.  The trials around these mountains look challenging, I’m glad we are renting bikes rather than using ours, it means we can really let fly and do some serious downhill.  Thursday we are booked in to do our first paraglide and the on Friday we make our way back to Kathmandu to start the tour into the hidden lands of Tibet.   All very exciting.

POLLY: Phew – Finally finished the blog. I’ve been at it all day ably helped by Mum and her touch typing. We are currently in Moondance enjoying Mohitos. Dad is out trying to convert his phone to a Nepalese sim card so he doesn’t end up in a situation where he has the 190 quid phone bill Mikey and I had for last month and Dan has had to leave after forcing down some soup. Poor thing is really ill. When Mikey and I got back to the room earlier he had tipped our Pringles onto a table so he could use the pot to be sick in! Both Mikey and I wish it was us not him – we’ve got a year to enjoy ourselves. Hope being back at work is not too traumatic for all of you xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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Jojo on

It is seriously bad news aboutpoor Dan -please let us know when he gets better enough to scare himself ******* throwing himself off a mountain. 2010 certainly was a year to remeber and I am sure this one will be justas exciting for you two - and we all havee the excitement of your retun finally in August! The photographs are just stunning - Nepal seems to be the most spectacular place yet . It sounds all a bit risky parting with your passports but I am sure you know the ropes by now.

I have just been to Williams Road for a cuddle which you know who and E showed me some of the photos of Charlottes birthday - can you imagine 24 grown ups all in fancy dress playing musical chairs? it was very noisy, very competitive and very funny. They all seem to have had a wonderful time.

Look after yourselves and love you you all!!

Jojo on

How is that man Dan? When do you lot part company and where is your next port of call and when do the Bosham contingent arrive home?

pollyandmikey on

Hi Jojo

Pols and I head off tommorow morning to Tibet (in a jeep) and hen onto Chengdu in China by train. Then we get back on the bikes!

Gicks staying another few days , fly on 12th I think. Dan is fighting fit and flying

Olaf on

Sounds amazing and glad Dannol is flying again! I am causing havoc - opening all sorts of cupboards and pulling chairs and stools onto me ALL the time! Only one bruise at the moment..but watch this space! ha! kisses to you all (big sloppy ones - and a nice wave, have been practicing both!) xxx

mum and dad on

So pleased Dan is better and able to enjoy last few days of his stay.How exciting for you to go to Tibet-cant wait to here news from there.
12th day of christmas here so all decorations packed away.Dad and Ray been on conservation work today at Hayling .Island.Got a bit damp as raining most of day.Hope to speak again soon.Lots of love to you bothxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Lindy on

John seriously impressed with the golf course!!!! Hope Dan is beginning to feel better - very envious of you all - the scenery looks stunning - love all the blogs - keep them coming.
We are now back to 2 of us in the house - lovely seeing everyone but must say now enjoying the peace and quiet and the ability to walk in all rooms without tripping over toys etc!!
Take care all love Lindy

Jojo on

Phew just got back from the gym - thanks Mikie for the update - I hope you find Shangrila in Tibet - I think that's where it's supposed to be. Glad to know Dan is on flying form again and I now know when I can expect my Saturday breakfast partner back - please re-assure her that CJB has got the saville oranges in for this years marmalade!
LOL from us both

Spigaroo on

Hi guys and Happy New Year! Just caught up on all your Christmas and NYE's blogs. Sounds like you've had some crazy times with all the hectic journeys - sounds just like Africa! Glad you found a good spot in Nepal though, looks wonderful. Poor Dan with all the sickness. Hope you too and healthy and well and ready to start the new stage of the adventure. Very jealous of you going to Tibet. We had a good Marriotts Christmas at Kennedys but we were very sorry to miss you on the Skype and we missed you in general pols. I have photos for you which look pretty much like the ones we took last year! Has been such a shock going back to school after the lovely Christmas holidays; truly harrowing! Think I'm settling into the HOY role though so is all becoming a bit more manageable. Lots of good news this week too - our house purchase is back on so fingers crossed for that and I've also sold my wedding dress which is going to fund a holiday to EuroDisney! All good stuff. 2011 is looking up. Miss you and sending you lots of love. Take care of each other and stay well Xxx

Jojo on

Got email from Tricia which was great - so you are on your way to pastures new which I am sure will be spell binding. CJB and I are up to our elbows in orange peel, pith and pips as we make the forst batch of 2011 marmalade. Expecting Master Olaf at any time to come and spend the night with us as parents go galavanting, so should be in for a nice cuddle in bed on Sunday.

Very much looking forward to hering how you find Tibet and seeing some pictures.

Take care of each other all love Jojo and Christopher


Hi Guys - this is all getting a bit surreal - Peter phoned us from Wuppertal last night to say that he knew we were baby sitting as he had read it on your blogg from Nepal and thats where he gets the local gossip!
Talking of which I think there was a bit of a party going around last night starting at the Anchor then to the Saling Club where Tirstram Adams (I think) was having his suprise 30th birthday bash and then on to the Roundel's house - E phoned this morning to say she went to bed EARLY at 4 o'clock. It later transpired she had fallen asleep on the sofa at about 2 o'clock but it seems that the hard core went on until very nearly sun ride which is quite late in this neck of the woods. Much of this mayhem was caused by the fact that Helen Copp and boyfriend Kent (drop dead georgeous) were around for their final weekend - great to see them both and we have just said goodbye to them after our rather over indulgent Sunday lunch. Antique Roadshow is now beckoning in front of fire followed by The Archers (it was Nigel what copped it) and the what delight the return of Larkrise to Candleford. Absolutely nothing changes here - I think one could go away for 20 years and not notice a lot of difference and, Im sorry, that's fine by me!

All love to you in Tibet

Amanda Mae on

Mummy you need your own blog - Bosham blogger, not surprised that is where Peter get's his gossip from - you are the fountain of all knowledge! I learn more from this than anywhere else! Anything else going on in Village Life that I should know about?


Jojo on

Waiting eagerly for the arrival of the Gick contingent back from their adventures - but will probably let them settle back before bombarding them with questions.

Hope Tibet is proving to be a magical experience - looking forward to hering all aboutit.

LOL Jojo and Christopher

Charlotte on

Agree with Jojo, can't wait to hear from you next. Hope you are both well and having a super time!!! Around all weekend if you fancy skyping :-)
Love Cxx
P.S I must have really grown up now cos The Archers was as legendary as Jojo has suggested!!!!

C.J.B. on

can't understand anyone wanting to listen to 'the archers' when we can get the progress of the Nevilles.
All power to bike muscles,
All the best Christopher. B.

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