Tuesday, June 29, 2010


The first blue sky after a week of rain... Priceless!


Paying our medical insurance premium at the bank.

Sunday, June 27, 2010


Lazy rainy Sunday afternoon watching DVDs.

Saturday, June 26, 2010


Visitors to China usually get struck down with a case or two of the
dreaded traveller's diarhea. Living here does toughen you up somewhat,
but in the end you will have plenty of opportunities to get up close
and personal with your bathroom floor- as I did again last night.

Friday, June 25, 2010


The baby moses basket I bought for about $10 on www.taobao.com - a
Chinese website for online retailers. You can get almost anything on
this site, and at amazing prices. The only catch is that it's all in
I made the liner myself as a project when i was bored on a rainy

Thursday, June 24, 2010


A screen shot of the alarm clock on my phone- mercifully switched off,
as today is the first day of 8 weeks of summer holidays. Definitely
one good reason for being a teacher!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


This sign in starbucks always makes me smile- as if I'm going to GIVE
away my belongings to thieves!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Our blurry ultrasound photos- we are expecting a baby girl on 25
December. Planning to have her here in Shanghai which will be quite a


A melon carved into a Phoenix, garnishing a plate at our annual school
end of year lunch.

Sunday, June 20, 2010


The ibe hydpant... Otherwise known as a fire hydrant.


Sunday shoppers on Nanjing Rd.

Friday, June 18, 2010


A photo of bamboo from our trip to Moganshan, which I manipulated
using the "Lomo" app on my iPhone.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


How to fit three guys on a motorbike.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


My friend Jennafer buying hair extensions in the "hair products and
make-up" Market.

Monday, June 14, 2010


A photo I received today from my friend Steffi, of me walking in the
mountain on our recent trip to Moganshan.

Sunday, June 13, 2010


A picture I accidentally took of my foot while walking.

Saturday, June 12, 2010


Chinese perfumed spray labeled as "toilet water"..... Mmmmmm....


Endless construction.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010


Max Leo, the easiest baby in the world, lying on our window seat
watching the world go by as I babysat him this afternoon.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010


Highway tollbooths- they look much the same in all countries (although
in china they are all staffed, not automated).

Saturday, June 05, 2010


A small old house in the bamboo forest. Unfortunately, and
deceptively, this is the only side of it still standing, with the rest
in ruins. It doesn't stop me from day dreaming about buying it and
fixing it up though!


The view from our balcony in the cabin we are staying in for the
weekend in Moganshan- bamboo forest about 3 hours out of Shanghai.

Thursday, June 03, 2010


More window art: I drew and cut this out of black and red 'contact'
paper, though the design is taken from a picture I found online. The
"chain" extends to the top of the window frame. It was a bit tricky to
apply without getting it tangled once the backing was peeled off, but
it worked in the end.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010


This is our neighbours box for good old fashioned milk delivery from
Shanghai Bright Dairy company. You usually put a lock on the outer
door and the company has the key for the inner door. At about 5 am
they deliver your order (milk or yoghurt) daily without having to
bother you as the box is outside your door, and you only need to pay
and order once a month. What a great idea!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010


Mmmmm... It's mango season.