The big, non-writing, news is that we are leaving Thailand for exciting pastures new. After a Scottish Christmas, English New Year, and French early/mid January, we will drive from France in the campervan (I say we, those of you who know me also know that I do not drive, so poor Aurélie will be driving), heading west, then south, then west again, our destination Portugal, where we will explore and look for a new home base. Initially, we were thinking of the Algarve (and Tavira, for example, still looks like somewhere to investigate), but we are increasingly leaning towards the Silver Coast and the area around Lisbon, both north and south — especially if it is on the railway route. Different birds, different foods, songs, scents and weather. All those things that make travel and adventure what it is. Watch this space. Any hints, tips, ideas or thoughts, hit reply to this message and do share — all notes gratefully received.