Posted by: Simon & Becci | June 25, 2012

Something old, something new, something borrowed, but not much blue

We’ve now been back in the UK for 4 weeks. Here’s a short summary of the past month….

  • Its been a time of the old – meeting up with old friends, seeing our families, visiting familiar places, eating familiar foods, wearing clothes we’d forgotten we owned and watching England lose on penalties yet again…

With Becci’s expanding family

  • Its been a time of the new – we’ve met several brand new children including our two new nephews, Ben and Micah. I also have two new names that I’ve been called by toddlers who are learning to speak – “Darween” from Joseph Clay and rather oddly “Granddad” from Ben Royston….

Simon and Ben Smith enjoy some chips at the seaside

  • Its been a time of the borrowed – we have borrowed my Mum’s car to get ourselves around the country and last week borrowed our friend Andrew’s caravan to soak up the peace and quiet of the British countryside

  • Its not been a time of blue – does the sun ever shine in the UK?

Becci enjoying the English summer

We are returning to Phnom Penh in a week and half. We’ve made a short film about our first year in Cambodia – you can check it our at



  1. Well, dear Simon and Becci, I suppose the contrast between Cambodian and English weather couldn’t have been more drastic this year! it was great to see you, albeit only briefly. We are continuing to pray for you!

  2. I truely feel for you Becci, please come back and get the warmth of the sun here. I think I’ve been where you are standing but such a long time ago. In 1997 during one of the may bank holidays I walked there with my friends from Kingstanding church 🙂 Enjoy the last stretch of your “Indian winter”.

  3. Oh Becci you look so cold!!! It was 31 in our house today and 75% humidity at 8pm. 🙂 We miss seeing you but are glad you are having a nice time. I keep driving past your house and it looks very forlorn with no one there.
    By the way….we found a place in Mondolkiri whot does propa fat chips…next time we will remember to take the vinegar with us. (Actually you could stash some of those little packets of vinegar in your suitcase 🙂
    Enjoy your last few weeks and we will see you soon.

  4. Simon & Becki,

    It was so great to see you guys and get to chat to you for the few moments I could keep it up your doing a great job.

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