Think...When you think flower festival, what do you think?
I think pretty flowers, displays and interesting gardening...the Chinese think...rape fields. Oh yes, those fields yellow that we see all the time in England seem to be so uncommon that they're celebrated here!

The latest trip organised by Mark was to a Flower Festival in Tongknan. It was a good day, adn very beautiful.
Yep, fields and fields of rape...

The houses were painted beautifully. THe flowers were really bright and clean looking, they were really attractive buildings.

I made a new friend, or should that say i won a new friend. There were some fairground game type things. It involved throwing balls in buckets. Get 4 balls in, get a Teddy Chong came home with me.

Teddy enjoyed the flowers too!

We had a trip on the beautiful river. Here you can see some of the traditional fishing nets. Quite how they can find the fish in the river, i don't know, but apparently, there are fish there!

These are the ferries. They were very plain, but very fun! The floor moves when you stood on it, and there was a man at the end rowing.

And we saw the strangest pet ever! A girl on the ferry seems to have picked up a prawn or crayfish (probably crayfish, it's a freshwater river). She was lovingly petting the poor thing, trying to feed it flowers and cuddling it. It did make a run for it at some point and appeared to have disappeared by the time we got off the ferry. Maybe someone threw it back into the river. I hope so.

Can someone please tell me how to weigh things using spoons?

I made some semolina today from a box that i brought back from the UK...and it was lovely...but it was yellow and turned into a brick when it cooled! i guessed the weights of the semolina and sugar (and the amount of milk...).

I've found some wonderful recipes for microwave cake too, so i'll be giving those a go as soon as i work out the Chinese for 'Self Raising Flour'. Sawyer keeps translating it and laughing and telling me that flowers always raise themselves in the sun...

I might have to cave in and buy some scales...

I will have to make some banana bread at some point. When i was ill, Mark bought me a huge fruit basket, and the bananas are going from green to rubbish...there's no spotty ones! I like my bananas spotty! It did have dragon fruit in it. Dragon fruits are so pretty, they're oval, pink and spiky. The inside looks like it should be like sorbet, but its like a solid melon consistency. I'll take a pic of the remaining half.

Must buy a whisk...i feel bananas and custard (and baked apples...everyone seemed to get me apples when i was ill!) and i need a whisk to make custard!

I'm so glad that i've found some microwave baking recipes. it makes me feel like i can cook real food again. Can't find any recipes for microwave biscuits though...if you have one, put it in the comments!

Ooooh...oooh....drama today! I was cleaning the bathroom and i broke the sink...the pipe that goes from the plughole to the floor drain...broke it clean off! Luckily, it got fixed pretty quickly! I think they had visions of my bathroom flooding!!

I've got to go and see Mark this week, i'll probably go after class tomorrow. Apparently, he can help me get a job next year. I can't stand Mark, but i'll have to suck it up and go see him to see who he knows in Xi'An. Then i've got to work out how to get all my stuff to Xi'An in July.

I'm still trying to work out whether to change my flight to come home in July. If i come home as soon as college finishes in June, then i can get a job for a couple of months in the UK to earn money to come back. If i come home at the end of July, as is the plan at the moment, then i only have a month to earn lots of money.

Does anyone know of a temporary job for July/August?
I finally have internet access again! There are so many post waiting to go up as well!

I've got Christmas, New Year and all the travelling to tell you about! Its been a bit of a whirlwind, i feel like i've been round half the world in the last couple of months.

Can't stop too long at the moment, we're going to meet the new people at Paisi, the other college in Hechuan tonight. I've also been chosen to randomly check some of the Oral Exam marks as well.

I've been a bit unwell, i had a really heavy cold last week that i was sure was pneumonia, but i went to the doctor, he had a look at my tongue, i had 2 drip things (i don't know what was in them, but it worked!) and a load of tablets, and i'm about 90% better now.

I promise, o faithful readers that i will update more often. I've got to start updating soon, i have so many pictures to share and things to talk about. Its been an amazing journey round China and i definitely feel the need to share!