When the alarm went off before sunrise on Tuesday 19th January I wanted to go back to sleep but Captain Caveman was already up and ready, on the terrace with his chair positioned facing the lake, to see the sun come up at Phong Nha Lake House. I made us both a cup of tea and decided to join him and I’m glad that I did – the sunrise was lovely.

Our breakfast was included in our stay so I chose a pho bo and a tea, Captain Caveman had fried egg on toast and a coffee. We had really enjoyed celebrating my birthday (again) at the Lake House and felt very lucky. There was a bit of a chill in the air but it looked like it was going to be a sunny day, hence why the walking group had picked today for their outing. Captain Caveman took the motorbike and dropped our bags at home before heading off to meet Matty, Veronika and Shannon at Tree House in Phong Nha for a pre walk coffee. Although I was suffering badly the effects of gluten and probably too much wine I decided to walk the 1.5km home (without any sticks) and set off along the main road, down the hill.

It took me 35 minutes and by the time I got home the sun was shining and I needed a rest.
I had mini hot dog sausages for lunch but then was ill again and felt really cold, I sat out in the sun, I put warmer clothes on and I even got in bed but just couldn’t keep warm.

In the evening I went to the Farmstay for shepherd’s pie night and had a Magner’s cider and felt better. Captain Caveman had brought our Henderson’s relish to put on the shepherd’s pie and by the time I had eaten just a quarter of mine, he had cleared his bowl! I was full after half of my dinner so I took the rest home to finish off tomorrow, Veronika did the same with her’s. We didn’t stay long and went home for an early night, I think all the celebrations were taking their toll on me, finally!

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