The Changing Seasons – March 2018

The Changing Seasons post, inspired by the lovely Sarah at Secret Art Expedition and hosted by Su at Zimmerbitch. Here is my round up of things I got up to during March.

As I hadn’t been out exploring much since I got back from Sri Lanka, I took myself off to Chulachomklao Fort in Phra Samut Chedi District, around 29 km south of Bangkok. Getting there was fun, I only knew that I had to take the 145 bus to Pak Nam Market, then take a boat across the river, and, finally, a truck to the fort. It always seems a bit of an adventure when you don’t really know the way. I had to ask a couple of people to find the market and once I had located the truck, it dropped me off, right at the fort.

First up, the gun park which tells you the history of the guns, although the information was all in Thai, so I just had to wander around and imagine.

Things to do in Bangkok
The Gun Park

This proud statue of King Rama V stands at the front of the fort.

Things to do in Bangkok
King Rama V Statue

The disappearing guns were used only once in 1893 when the fort protected the sovereignty of Thailand from French invasion. They were designed to be hauled up by their hydro-pneumatic system for firing and lowered again afterwards.

Things to do in Bangkok

Things to do in Bangkok

Things to do in Bangkok

H.T.M.S Maeklong was in service for 60 years and deployed during WWII. It was fun to scamper about on her decks!

Things to do in Bangkok
H.T.M.S Maeklong

There’s a mangrove forest there too.

Things to do in Bangkok


Things to do in Bangkok
Mangrove Forest

I forgot that I had heard about the resident monkeys that live there until this one started walking towards me! I was a little nervous!

Things to do in Bangkok
Just strolling!

But, thankfully, they didn’t pay me any attention and continued to play or groom each other, oblivious to my presence.

Things to do in Bangkok

Things to do in Bangkok

It was a great day out and, although the sea looked far from the usual images that you see in Thailand, it was good to get out and about.

Things to do in Bangkok
The Gulf of Thailand

I made a video of all the beautiful birds that I saw in Sri Lanka, and, the best bit, I didn’t even have to leave the confines of my friend’s garden to see them. They greeted us with their song in the morning and it was just fabulous to hear them and see all the different species that visited throughout the day.


I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Nilla at Image Earth Travel for the work I do here on Talkingthailand. It’s always a joy to receive these nominations and it makes me feel happy and honoured that someone takes time out of their day to acknowledge me. Thank you again Nilla, it was very much appreciated.

At last, I picked up my sketch pad and drew something. Whenever I do this, I mean to do it more regularly, but I never get round to it. I should do it more because I love sitting down and creating something. This drawing is a copy of a painting I saw in an art gallery, but it has my own twist on it! It’s a combination of pencil, charcoal, and pastel crayons.

Things to do in free time
My Art

As well as showcasing my photographs on morrisophotography, I also upload my best shots to Viewbug, and I sometimes enter their free photo challenges. In March, I found out that 2 of my photos had been ranked in the top 50 and 1 in the top 80! When you consider the amount of people that enter these challenges, I was thrilled with this result!

Photography challenges
Artistic Wildlife Photo Challenge-Ranked Top 50
Photography challenges
Animal Families Photo Challenge-Ranked Top 50
Photography challenges
Legs Photo Challenge-Ranked Top 80

I started watching Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, presented by Neil deGrasse Tyson. His passion and knowledge of the universe, evolution, science and much more just oozes through his silky voice. Everytime I watch it, it (he) makes me want to learn all that he knows. It really is a fantastic and mind-blowing show. I thoroughly recommend watching it, if you haven’t already!

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Photo Credit:

So, that’s my March done and dusted. I’m already having an awesome April, I hope you are too 🙂

If you would like to join me and the others in this challenge, here are the guidelines:

The Changing Seasons Version One (photographic):

  • Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery that you feel represent your month
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so that others can find them

The Changing Seasons Version Two (you choose the format):

  • Each month, post a photo, recipe, painting, drawing, video, whatever that you feel says something about your month
  • Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so others can find them.



The Liebster Award

It’s always an honour and a lovely surprise when I receive an award like this, and this time is no exception when I received The Liebster Award from Nilla at Image Earth Travel. Image Earth Travel is a wonderful blog full of Nilla’s adventures in the many countries she visits. I always look forward to reading about where she has been to, and I know you will too! Thank you so much Nilla for this, it’s very much appreciated! 🙂

The Liebster Award is given to bloggers by bloggers and it was first awarded way back in 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

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Questions from Image Earth Travel:

What are your blogging objectives for 2018?

My blogging objectives for 2018 are just to continue writing about the things I love to write about. My experiences that come from living abroad, especially in Bangkok, my home for the past three and a half years, there are always plenty of things to see and report back on. Not only in Bangkok, but I have many stories yet to tell from travels to other countries, in the past, and in the future.

How often to you post a blog and why (daily, weekly, monthly)?

I go through phases of posting once a week, to twice a day, then nothing for a few weeks. It really depends on what other personal projects I’m busy with and what my work schedule is like. At the moment, I am working almost full-time hours, so it’s difficult to find the time to write or do anything else for that matter.

What inspires you to write?

Pretty much anything! When I go out exploring, I usually have an idea in mind and that’s my inspiration for writing about it. But, sometimes, an idea will just pop into my head and I think it would be good to write a post about it. For example, I have been going through old photos and, instead of just posting them, I find inspiration to write about where I was, when I took the photos, and what I was doing.

Have you set any definite travel destinations for 2018 or is this an earning year?

It’s both! I am going to Rome in April for my birthday celebrations with my parents and I am planning to go to Chiang Rai, in Thailand, in June. Those trips are paid for, apart from spending money, and afterwards I am saving to travel to Australia, India, Sri Lanka, and Europe at the end of the year.

Where is your most desired travel destination?

I have wanted to go to Italy for years because I just love the history and architecture there, so my dream will be fulfilled next month when I go to Rome. I want to see other places in Italy too, but there are so many other places on my list that I want to see; India, Spain, Morocco, Croatia, Pakistan, South America, Turkey.

Do you get any exposure from award nominations?

Only from the beautiful people who follow my blog, who leave lovely comments and congratulations messages. It’s such a nice feeling when I read some of the things people say.

Have you considered advertising on your site? If so, does advertising help to give your blog site more exposure?

I have in the past, but I have never gotten round to doing anything about it, other than a couple of affiliates that I have on my site. To be honest, it’s not about getting exposure for me, I just love writing and blogging about my life.

My nominations for The Liebster Award are:

  1. Life With an Illness: Mackenzie’s blog which lives and breathes positivity and love, despite daily battles with illness.
  2. 100 Cobbled Roads: Punita’s travel stories about cities, everyday life, and natural wonders around the world.
  3. Seen Along The Trail: Join Carolyn as she ventures on walks in the great outdoors and captures images of the wonderful creatures she comes across.
  4. Chaotic Shapes: The talented Brandon’s art is amazing as he creates beautiful work via a series of colourful shapes.
  5. Ute Smile: A wonderfully positive blog as Ute spreads happiness and makes people smile with her uplifting quotes.
  6. Global Housesitters x 2: Join Suz and the Squire as they travel the world on their housesitting adventures.

My questions for you, if you wish to accept this nomination.

  1. Where is your favourite place on earth? Why do you love it?
  2. If you had £1m, what would you do with it?
  3. Do you prefer “roughing it” or do you want some level of comfort when you go anywhere?
  4. Which season do you like the most? Why?
  5. What is your favourite colour and why?
  6. Who are your heros in life?
  7. What’s the fondest memory you have from the past 10 years?

Award Rules

  1. Answer the questions that were left for you.
  2. Nominate your favourite new bloggers (not more than 15!)
  3. Write 7 questions for them to answer.
  4. Add all the rules and be honest with your answers!

Versatile Blogger Award

Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you so much to Imageearthtravel for this award. I feel very honoured that Nilla took the time to do this. It is an inspiration and gives me the motivation to continue with my own blogging venture.

My nominees are: A blog with wonderful words and music Stunning photography A creative art and photography blog Wonderful walks which make you feel like you are there Thoughts and creativity from Australia Travel, photography and life from South East Asia Wonderful words in the form of poetry Awesome photography Artistic creations and ideas Discovering the magic of forests Lessons from mythology Inspirational thoughts and positive thinking Adventure, photography and inspiration A personal exhibition of an artist Health, fitness, quotations and random life

7 Facts About Me:

  1. I won a bronze medal at tap-dancing when I was a child.
  2. At 17, I was a model and one of my jobs was to promote fireworks. I got my photographs in the Daily Express and Torquay Times.
  3. I came second in a body-building competition (when I used to have abs!)
  4. My favourite food is Indian and pizza. I could eat it every day.
  5. I love all things to do with nature and the natural world. One of my heroes is David Attenborough.
  6. I love wine, but I hate hangovers.
  7. I exercise most days. I love to run, swim, and work out in the gym.





Creative Blogger Award

I am always honoured when I receive one of these awards. It means so much to me that someone acknowledges the work I do with my blog. So I thank 4yearoldadult for the nomination for “Creative Blogger Award.”

Creative Blogger AwardThe rules for accepting this award are:

1. Display the logo of the award on your blog

2. Nominate 15-20 blogs and notify them about it

3.Thank the person who nominated you, and link to their blog in your post

4. Share five random facts about yourself

5. Pass on these rules to the nominees

Random facts about me:

1) I won bronze medal at tap-dancing when I was a child.

2) I came second in a body-building competition (when I used to have abs!)

3) I studied Mythology in the Greek and Roman Worlds as part of my degree.

4) I am currently writing a book.

5) I have rediscovered boxing as part of my exercise routine.

I nominate the following bloggers for this award:
















Looking forward to the responses of the nominees.

🙂 🙂

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I have been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by Thank you so much, I feel so blessed that you have taken the time to nominate me. It is very encouraging 🙂


Some facts about me:

1. My favourite food is pizza and Indian.

2. I have to exercise almost every day, otherwise I get annoyed.

3. Christmas and New Year is being spent in Adelaide with part of my family.

4. Since September I have been living in Bangkok.

5. One of my passions is photography.

6. I love that when I see my friends again, we just pick up where we left off, like I saw them only yesterday.

7. I love learning new stuff.

8. I still love wine very much.

9. But I hate hangovers.

10. I am content with the simple pleasures in life.

My nominees for this award are:


The rules are much the same as the other awards:

Tell some facts about yourself

Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their site

Nominate some more people for the award.

🙂 🙂


Black Wolf Blogger Award

I was kindly nominated for the Black Wolf Award by It is always so encouraging when I receive these type of nominations. I just feel so damn happy, so thank you so much, I truly appreciate your nomination.


My nominees for the Black Wolf Award are:


Here are the Award Rules, which are the same for all the awards:

1) The nominee shall display the respective logo on her/his blog.

2) The nominee shall nominate ten (10)  bloggers she/he admires, by linking to their blogs and informing them about it.


Sunshine Award and Inner Peace Award

I have been awarded Sunshine award by and I cannot tell you how happy this makes me. So thank you to you both and to everyone else that takes time out to support my blog. It is this support that encourages me to continue my passion that I have acquired of writing about my experiences.  I am truly honoured and I accept my awards with relish.


Rules for the award are:
1. Use the Sunshine Award logo in the post.
2. Link to whoever nominated you.
3. Write ten pieces of information about yourself.
4. Nominate ten fellow bloggers, “who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”.
5. Leave a comment on the nominees’ blogs to tell them of the award

10 pieces of information:

1. I am finally departing the UK on 27th January 2014 for 2 sunny weeks in the shores of Sri Lanka, before finally landing home again in Thailand on 10th February to start a new chapter in my life.

2. My favourite food to eat is Indian and pizza.

3. I have a secret passion for Bollywood.

4. One of my heroes is David Attenborough.

5. I love running to keep fit.

6. I wish I didn’t love wine so much.

7. I just graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) 2.1 degree.

8. I love all things nature.

9. The older I get the more I want to learn about the world.

10. My parents are the most wonderful people I know.

The only “rule” for the inner peace award is that you write a short piece on why you are accepting it. I would suggest that you forward on to other bloggers who you think would like it, 3-10 up to you:)


Why I am accepting the Inner Peace Award:

The reason I accepting this award is because offered this to me and I am so very thankful. I have only recently begun to share my life with others through the medium of writing, and gestures like this award make me feel confident and eager to carry on. I have had awards in the past through things I have done in my working life but this type of award makes it all the more special because it relates to my own personal endeavours and passions.

I hope that by sharing my own life and experiences that I might give some positivity and inspiration to others to do the same. Thank you to everyone for the support you have given me thus far.

My 10 nominations for the Sunshine and Inner Peace awards are:

You all positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.

I hope everyone accepts the award 🙂