Home Again.

We arrived home on Saturday in the middle of a thunderstorm.

Everyone tells me they have enjoyed a wonderfully warm and sunny Easter holiday so I’m pretty sure the sudden change in weather was my fault. I caved and bought the girls some flip flops ( jandals if you’re a Kiwi, thongs if you come from the ‘Other Place’)  on our last day in Dubai, and the UK weather reacted accordingly. Because, of course, British weather is predictably unpredictable.

Luckily the rain didn’t last, so I was able to spend the day yesterday doing laundry and hanging it outside. We don’t use a tumble drier, so it is nice to not have clothes horses all over the place inside.

I’m so pleased to be home; I love travelling, seeing new things, and experiencing new cultures with the kids and DH, but it was lovely to get home to my own bed ( and toilet). The nice weather is a bonus.

Thank you to everyone who has followed my blog while we’ve been away. Some of you have mentioned you’d like to see more pictures, so for you, here’s some of my favourite photos of the trip.

The villa we stayed at in Sri Lanka was called Malgedara. It is slightly south of Galle, and it was about a 4 hour drive from Columbo airport. It had 4 bedrooms and came with a cook, housekeeper and gardener, and also a pool.

Fruit bats at Malgedara. 100′s of them would fly over the villa at dusk. Here’s a video I made of them flying past the moon. You can tell they are bats, as they have no tails when viewed from below.

Palm trees in the villa garden.

DD3 holding a newly hatched turtle. She was a little unsure at first but had a hold in the end. Later, we got to release about 40 2 day old babies back into the sea. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and if we come back in 30 years time, we may see some of the females returning to that exact beach to lay their own eggs.

Mirissa beach. This was definitely the nicest beach we visited in Sri Lanka, with golden sand, but some quite big waves, so we had to keep an eye on ALL the kids when they were in the water.

An elephant and her baby at the side of the track in Yalla National Park.  Mum was having a lovely dust bath, you can see she’s got a trunkful of dirt ready.

A big Buddha in a temple on the way to Yalla National Park. It’s not considered polite to photograph people standing in front of a Buddha, so you can’t really get a idea of scale, but this one was 39ft high.

A reef as seen from the sea plane window. I think it looks like a jellyfish.

Keeping an eye on the kids on ‘our’ beach in the Maldives. It’s a hard life. The beaches on Noonu Atoll were absolutely gorgeous; photos don’t really do them justice.

DS splashing on the beach while walking back to the villa. He got a little overheated about 2 mins after this shot was taken and cried until we got back inside. Then he fell asleep in our bed, so I was stuck indoors until DH arrived and relieved me of childcare duties.

A golden sunset. Watching the sun actually set became something of an obsession of mine.

DD1 on The Royal Beach with Atlantis, The Palm in the background.

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai. It’s the tallest building in the world, at 2,717 ft tall. Photo from a car window, so not a great one, but it had to be done.

Dolphins on the travellator at Dubai Airport. These dolphins went everywhere!

 

 

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