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october leaves

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The sweet calm sunshine of October, now
warms the low spot; upon its grassy mold
The purple oak-leaf falls; the birchen bough
drops its bright spoil like arrow-heads of gold.
– William Cullen Bryant

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Picture taken today (14 October, 2015), during our scenic drive through the countryside, Autumn leaves are everywhere now in England!

Listen! the wind is rising,
and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings,
now for October eves!
– Humbert Wolfe

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Have you found me on Instagram? A closer look into my life in England, mainly for fellow Easterners. Those interested can find me as glevum_rose.


Enjoy the song!

elephant trekking

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The forest, makes your heart gentle, you become one with it. No place for greed or anger there.

We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on earth, as its other creatures do.

Nature is pleased with simplicity.

Hello everyone, how are you? I know, it’s been a while. Have I lost my mojo in blogging, I wonder? I realised many bloggers have somewhat abandoned their blogs and resort to Instagram these days. I’m afraid I’ve also gone down that route. It’s just so much quicker, that’s for sure! Though not quite the same like blogging, IG is rather fleeting. Do forgive me if I do not blog as often as I’d like to anymore. But I do miss my blog, so when I get a chance to myself like this evening (family’s tired out from a hectic weekend and have retired), I shall carry on! This time around I’d like to share our elephant trekking experience in Krabi, Thailand. It was one of the strangest but most wonderful thing we’ve ever done. We didn’t know quite what to expect, we just relied totally on our tour guide. He also took us to view a beautiful waterfall prior to the trekking. He was a lovely person, just like majority of the Thai people. They’re very warm and friendly, well-mannered and polite. Before we knew it, we were sat on the elephants and away we went! It felt strange, yet exciting!

We trekked through the dense forest, river and little village. The weather was rather cool on that particular day, not blazing hot like the day we went island hopping. There was a shower that morning but we were fine as the guide provided us with macs each. We made several brief stops in the forest as the elephants grazed on branches here and there. They were gentle obedient creatures, despite their massive size. Towards the end we all felt attached to them, my children especially warmed up to them in a big way. We were exhilarated from being so close to nature, we felt a sense of sheer joy and contentment. I can tell you it beats shopping in a mall any day, at least for my family and I anyway. My adventurous daughter bought a little souvenir from the centre, the money goes into maintaining the well-being of the elephants. The children got to feed the elephants at the end, and then we were given some refreshments before we called it a day. They say a picture tells a thousand words, so enough of mine for the time being! Take care everyone, till we meet again!

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my hometown

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I have just visited my hometown Penang, Malaysia. I was born and bred there over 4 decades ago. This time I took my family of 6 with me, my beloved mom and my youngest sister came along too. I’m blogging through my mobile at the moment, I’m still in my homeland Malaysia hence no access to my personal computer back in England. Not to mention I’m still busy visiting places and dear ones, will be a hectic 5 weeks for sure! But it’s been good, Alhamdulillah. The heat does get to us a bit, but hey, this is Malaysia, 30c all year round even when it rains cats and dogs! Anyway, I leave you with several images from our Penang trip, didn’t want you readers to think I’ve disappeared somewhere. I can’t blog like I usually do but hopefully my little snippets whilst I’m out here will keep you visiting this website! Take care for now!

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My youngest sis with my 4 children at Penang Hill

My youngest at Feringhi beach

My youngest at Feringhi beach

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My middle daughter at the famous Armenian St wall art in Penang

With my sis and mom at Spice Garden

With my sis and mom at Spice Garden

With my family at Gurney Drive food stalls

With my family at Gurney Drive food stalls

At Fort Cornwallis with my good old friend who now resides in Penang

At Fort Cornwallis with my good old friend who now resides in Penang

Hubby at the famous Line Clear nasi kandar eatery in Penang

Hubby at the famous Line Clear nasi kandar eatery in Penang

summer/ramadan updates 2015

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Happy is the person who knows what to remember of the past, what to enjoy in the present, and what to plan for the future.

We live in the present, we dream of the future, but we learn eternal truths from the past.

The future influences the present as much as the past.

Greetings everyone, hope you’re all well! Just a quick update from my little corner in England. I noticed that several more people have started following my blog, a big thank you from me. If you read my ‘about me’ and ‘about my blog’ pages, you will have a glimpse of me as person and my reasons for blogging. Hope that will help you understand this blog a touch better. I don’t want to bore you should my blog not be your cuppa tea! Anyway, back to my chattering, we are right in the middle of summer here. In fact, it’s predicted to soar up to 30c in a few days! That’s just like back in my homeland, Malaysia. A bit too hot, to be honest! Typically, I prefer the English summer when it’s between 20-25c, with the breeze blowing gently. Even then I suffer from hay fever as pollen levels tend to be quite high when it’s warm. I guess I have to stay indoors a lot more or make sure I take my hay fever tablets regularly.

As for my fasting, we are on to our 12th day today, time flies, almost halfway through already. I am looking forward to the Eid celebration at the end of our month’s fasting, InshaAllah. A wonderful reward indeed after a bit of hardship in Ramadan. I remember the Eids during my childhood very well, where our friends and neighbours from different races and religions also joined us in our festivity. I miss those times very much, they were extra special for sure. I guess you can tell I’m a bit homesick, don’t you? As mentioned in my previous post, I can’t help but feel melancholy during the months of Ramadan and Syawwal. Oh well, life goes on as they say, as I flit between my memories of the past, dreams for the future to my present life here in England. Such is the nature of my blog it seems.

Even though I’m fasting, I’ve been busy with indoor/outdoor educational activities with my youngest two. It’s been good, I must say! Each season has it’s own charm here in England, I try to capture them in my blog now and then. As for the rest of the family; my hubby’s busy at work as usual (he needs a long break), my big girl is finishing off her summer term with numerous interesting school trips. My son who’s officially a school leaver after he completed his GCSEs in mid-June, is currently doing voluntary work at a local organisation to pass his time. He hopes to pursue A-Levels in September, inshallah. Right, enough rambling, time for some pictures! They were taken at a museum and at a country park, during our educational outings. I’ve also included a picture of one of our Ramadan iftars (dishes for breaking fast) at the end. I’m not a food blogger, one is sufficient, yeah? Okay, maybe two. Till next time, take care all!

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my youngest two dressed up as Tudor (500 years ago) ladies; one rich and the other one less fortunate

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my youngest as a Victorian girl (150 years ago)

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posing by an old fireplace

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they love exploring museums

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amazed to find an old typewriter

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I love this little water pump and barrel

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WW2 air raid shelter

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summer blooms everywhere

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lovely summer’s day up the hills

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my middle daughter during our hill walk

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we were with a group of home educators tracking down Iron Age sites (2000 years ago)

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our simple Ramadan iftar

followed by main meal, the one Malaysian dish I cook often, Chicken Rice

our main meal, the one Malaysian dish I cook often, Chicken Rice

young summer

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What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade. Gertrude Jekyll

It is the month of June, The month of leaves and roses When pleasant sights salute the eyes, And pleasant scents the noses.  N.P. Willis

No price is set on the lavish summer; June may be had by the poorest comer. James Russell Lowell