Author Archives: SummertimePublishing

About SummertimePublishing

Author, writer, poet, mentor, inspirer and publisher of books by and for people abroad – Summertime Publishing (Est 1997) – my motto is 'sharing what I know to help others to grow'. Living abroad and relocating regularly, I've lived in France, Dubai, Oman, Stavanger and the Netherlands as well as my native England and am currently in Kuala Lumpur with an empty nest.

The art of sitting

I’ve never been much good at doing nothing but I know it’s good for me. Nevertheless, the older I’ve got, and the wiser (!), the more I recognise the value of mindfulness. But it’s harder than ever these days since … Continue reading

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The shifting sands of the expat empty nest

It’s taken me almost five years to write about my empty nest. It’s a surprise, particularly to me, someone who has no compunction about revealing my vulnerability. It is five years now since Josh left home for university and seven … Continue reading

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No worries on our first ever trip Down Under

We didn’t see a single kangaroo. Nor a wallaby. Nor a possum. Not a single bush hat strung with corks and though we found lots of gum trees there was not a koala in sight. Was this really Australia? I … Continue reading

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The trouble with the tropics

I suggest men and the faint-hearted now look away… When we first arrived in Malaysia I’d look at the number of umbrellas that the Asian women used here when it wasn’t raining and hurrumph. How vain were they to protect … Continue reading

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Blue for the EU

June 25th 2016 It was a blue day yesterday. With Sam living in Berlin and desperately wanting Britain to stay in the EU and the majority of bones in my body agreeing with him, I spent the final minutes of … Continue reading

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Silent in Sandakan

Many confuse Sandakan with Samarkand for no other reason than the names sound similar. I knew Sandakan as the Land Below the Wind, thanks to the writings of American author, Agnes Keith in the early part of the last century. … Continue reading

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The inside scoop on what to eat in Ipoh

Ipoh only really came into its own at the end of the 19th century with the growth of the tin-mining industry. Fleeing famine and poverty in China or as indentured slaves, countless Hakka families moved to the city in pursuit … Continue reading

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Christmas in my suitcase

Jogjakarta? Yes, that’s right. It was a surprise to us too. This time last year the Javanese city known for its temples at Borobudur and Prambanan meant little to us. But it has come to pass that Joshua is on … Continue reading

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Ten Ticks in Two Days in Penang

It was our fourth trip to Penang in a little over a year but our first as tour guides. I derive great enjoyment from revisiting favourite places. I find that it is usually only when I take it upon myself … Continue reading

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Bundled up in Beijing

It’s not that we hadn’t expected it to be cold in Beijing. We’d read the long-range forecast and knew to expect temperatures of 1-12oC. The day before we left we realized we couldn’t find any of our warm clothes despite … Continue reading

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