Fabric frenzy

Our hostess Trinh, the human dynamo is a former seamstress who still has strong links to fabric shops and tailors.

So we had yet another visit to select some fabrics. We no sooner select something then that afternoon the clothing is back!

I’ve brought a few things to have copied and so far all have been successful. I can hardly believe it. For the price of one Country Road dress I have assorted dresses, pants and tops.

As well as guiding us through fabric selection and designs Trinh cooks us breakfast and lunch. She really loves to care for us. Linda has stayed here many times and they have a great friendship. But reading the trip advisor reviews, everyone loves Trinh.

After our cycle this morning we had a great omelette for breakfast. We returned for lunch and today had calamari salad, rice with mussels, cooked prawns with lime pepper sauce , crisp white wine and a strawberry smoothie for dessert!

We needed a  nap, it was soooo hot. Later,  I took myself off to the beach. The Linda and Marilyn rested and went for a short walk and Di walked to the old town. It was a 10 minute taxi ride to the beach that cost me the equivalent of $4!

The beach was yet another experience. Lots of deck chairs and grass style umbrellas. Rustic cafes lined the foreshore, ladies with pointy Vietnamese hats wandered along trying to sell everything from cool drinks to suncream, sun hats, satay and donuts. The water was a good temperature , no waves and had people of all nationalities plunging in and jumping around. Not much swimming going on!  I’m sure I looked a little strange as I swam along.

I returned home and we made our way into the old town to find another cool bar. Last nights bar was lovely. It was by the river so had  lovely cool breezes. Tonight’s was upstairs on the island looking back to the old town. It’s so pretty with all the lanterns.

Needless to say we don’t eat much for dinner after such a great lunches. But I’m a little addicted to fresh spring rolls so tried them again. Also the eggplant here is great. And the salads. In fact all the food is great. Light and tasty.

So we finished the night walking through some of the smaller streets checking out the shops and lanterns, across the Japanese bridge and back to the house.



Trinh was waiting for us with yet another delivery of our clothes. We had a little fashion parade and Di and I had a laugh in our matching nighties!

And so to bed. Tomorrow a 7am trip the beach for an early swim.

Cycling in Hoi An. Come along…….

Today we decided to beat the heat and go for a cycle through the quiet streets and Paddy field surrounding Hoi An. 

Our home stay is half way between the old town and the beaches and it’s easy to get out of the traffic and cycle in calm. 

Off we went…… come along with me. 

Trinh pumped up tyres and we assembled in the courtyard. Marilyn looked gorgeous in her new orange silk pants and top. 

We turned down a quiet road behind the Homestay and greeted the men and women sweeping and building. There’s a lot of building going on in this small city. 


We passed lots of greenery and washing flapping in the warm breeze. 


Along the lane ways between the rice paddies we cycled. 


Past a duck farm. I wonder which restaurant they are headed to ?

Duck farm



Said good morning to a few cows 


Enjoyed the green slightly hazy views across the fields. 


Stopped for a photo. 


Saw several men fishing. 


Thanked the bicycle gods at the altar  for keeping us safe. 


Passed a few day spas and another cow or two. 


Then headed home for breakfast. 


Showered and refreshed we were treated to beautiful omelettes and the freshest of fruits. 

Then another little trip to the fabric shop before our planned manicure pedicure sessions. 

Oh what a time we’re having.