I know New Year hails a new start for us all but I also find September holds a bit of a new beginning. After downing tools for a while and having a change of routine with the children over the summer holidays, I always come out the other side with some new ideas and fresh goals.
Saying that, Myles of course started school on August 14th, out in Uzbekistan which is where we also spent the last couple of weeks. I have huge amounts of photos and just didn’t know where to start so once again, the slide show becomes my friend.
If you follow me on Twitter, I broke family rules and took my phone with me so hope you enjoyed the pics I shared along the way. Usually we don’t take any screens with us, but as Myles is staying out there until October, of course we will be communicating and so he needed his phone. Seemed like the perfect rule bending opportunity ….!
Uzbekistan is the most interesting country to visit. They speak both Russian and Uzbek, depending on where you are and what age you are too so I started to make my own phonetic mobile dictionary that fit in my pocket and was a life saver as there is very very little English spoken. It was not only a great holiday, but also a fabulous experience for the children to experience a culture so very different from our own. It’s a real amalgamation of Soviet and Asian cultures so you get a real mix wherever you go.
One of the highlights was seeing The Ark down in Bukhara. Bukhara is the city known as the Shining Pearl of the Silk Road, and the Ark has to be one of the oldest buildings in the world, built in 5BC. Granted it has been partly rebuilt over the last 20 years as it was bombed in the early 1990s however, some of the internal structures still stand and they really were breath taking. The sheer size of The Ark is incredible. The city itself is more than 2,500 years old and you can really feel it. I could have explored so much more of the Silk Route, perhaps one day we will. It’s utterly magical and I highly recommend it for those of you who are up for adventure!
In the meantime, I’ve brought back loads of fabric and am brimming with ideas so, no more leaving the sewing machine in the spare room gathering dust, I need to figure the jolly thing out!!!!
Really looking forward to being back on air on Wednesday September 6th.
Much love as always,