There she blows!

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So many have reached out, concerned about us as Mt Agung has become active. Thank you for your love, concern and prayers. We are doing fine and are a safe distance away. The wind generally blows to the south west, which sends the ash cloud across the ocean. As long as it continues to blown that direction, we should be fine. Several have been posting photos on Facebook and many of them are quite spectacular!

For the last week I had planned on meeting Danny in Hong Kong for a week, and the creatures have been excited for a week without supervision. Today Danny and I decided that given the fact that Agung is erupting, we’d rather not leave the creatures alone and so they will be joining me when I fly out to Hong Kong in the morning. My greatest concern is how Emma’s asthma is going to respond to volcanic ash, and I don’t want to be away from her if she is struggling. It’ll be a fun trip.

We took my mom to the silver factory, where she was mesmerized by the hard working locals in the factory.

She fell in love with several pieces of jewelry on the showroom floor.
Four days ago she left for Australia to visit my Aunt and cousins. She met up with Jude as well, and has been having a splendid time.

The highlight of our week was when Danny arrived home on Wednesday night. It’s always a race to see who gets to hug him first, and this time Aidan won. We enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving meal together, along with our friends, the Amat Family.

Emma is such a sweetheart. I have hurt my back once again and am walking bent like an old woman, so the night before our meal, Emma made rolls and a milk tart (South African dessert). I woke up at 5:30am to start cooking the leg of lamb and the ham, and was joined by Angel in the kitchen.

He still has kidney failure and is slowing down more and more. We treasure every day with him. By 6:30 Emma had joined me and together, her and I made the Thanksgiving feast. Everything was from scratch since Bali does not carry many of the familiar Thanksgiving food items, in fact not one single turkey could be found on the island! Hence, the ham and lamb.
Mycah and I took turns cuddling Pierre, the brand new Amat addition.

I am so grateful to Emma – for her sweet spirit and her wisdom and insight. She was such a huge help! Sometimes I look at Aidan and Emma, and am amazed at what incredible individuals they are. They are so big, and yet it seems like yesterday that they were wrestling in my womb together. Now, they are all grown up, independent and so very smart. What wonderful travel companions. I love adventuring with them.

Our next blog will be from Hong Kong, as the adventure continues.


4 thoughts on “There she blows!

    Richard & Jan (Morpheus of London) said:
    November 26, 2017 at 5:03 am

    We have been in Hong Kong for the last week, leaving Tuesday night to return to London……..would have been fun to see you guys


      belindagovatos responded:
      November 27, 2017 at 6:12 am

      It would have been wonderful to see you, Richard and Jan


    Steven Govatos said:
    November 26, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Sounds like a fun trip, but who will be taking care of Angel? So glad that Hannie is having a good time in Australia! Can’t wait to hear all about her adventures when she gets home!  Belinda, we changed our email address to We missed having family for Thanksgiving. Tony just felt like having a bowl of tomato soup with a half grilled cheese sandwich. So that’s what we had. Steve was with his girlfriend’s family, so…no hard day spent in the kitchen! I did a lot of going over all of our blessings including the fact that you and your family made it thru such a dangerous ordeal, and that you all sound happy now.  I’m also extremely blessed to have my sweetheart still with me after all the health problems he has endured.  So we enjoyed our soup and sandwich, and it was a beautiful day!


      belindagovatos responded:
      November 27, 2017 at 6:11 am

      Angel and Stanley will be taken care of by a friend of ours. The airport was closed today so we couldn’t fly, but we’ll see what happens tomorrow. Thank you for the email update, mom, I have sent several emails and not heard back, so perhaps they are out there in cyberspace some place 🙂
      We wish we could have been with you for Thanksgiving.


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