I really enjoy my daily walks around our English village with the dog, lots of fields to run in, fresh air to breathe and a whole lot of peace and quiet. Locals now stop to say hello...some even say G'day to make me feel at home. We walk through fields with sheep and cows and it's not unusual for a horse or two to pass by on the street.
It is now nearly ten months since we left Shanghai and I still miss my daily strolls through my local streets, a totally different experience to rural England. The weird and the wonderful, even after four years I still saw something every day that made me smile, most things became 'normal'! Here are some photos I took on a short stroll one morning when I visited Shanghai in December 2012.
Ladies practising fan dances in parks
Guy cleaning a gate with a feather duster...as you do!
Ummm...you missed a spot!!!
Don't have any pedestrian safety barriers...no problem, just use some fire extinguishers and some coloured bunting!
You don't get held up at road works, no barriers here, you just drive around them!
Need a Sponge Bob, Angry Birds or Hello Kitty balloon at short notice, never fear, nearly every road has someone selling them off a scooter!
In fact, you can buy just about anything you can imagine off a scooter or electric bike!
Adidas seems to be the sport wear of choice for the pooches in this neighbourhood.
It's nice to be part of the 'in crowd'
Though there are many fashionable doggy outfits at the local canine couture boutique.
Love the fashion, not to mention to comfort and warmth, of 'going out' Pyjamas.
Nothing quite like getting your morning shop done, the winter chills kept at bay by your quilted or fleecy PJ's! I admit to owning a pair. I admit to wearing them to take the girls to the school bus on freezing mornings in Shanghai. Maybe I could get away with wearing them on my morning dog walks in my village. If Spring doesn't arrive soon I may just give it a go!