The Teak House
Tangalle, Sri Lanka

Pristine and deserted beaches of Tangalle

The day never ends as it began!  But, it is about loos again.

The Teak House resident frogs love a good dip in whichever loo the inhabitant has succeeded in leaving the lid open on. Hence, in consideration to said frog, I use the other loo to give it a chance to exit when encouraged. Not a bit of it.............Frog No 1 loved its douche so much it invited its friend, Frog No 2. Come on, guys. We know you love water but this is getting ridiculous. Both frogs given a little encouragement to 'hop' it! Loo seat down from now on.

A good, calm, constructive day had by all. 'Mullet' and prawn fishcakes prepared for dinner tomorrow. Thai fishcakes halted by absence of vital ingredient - fish sauce! TBC tomorrow.  Kitchen cupboard knobs on. Electrician pending tomorrow's visitation. Snagging list adopted by main man. 

Oh, nearly forgot. A lot of Seeni barking accompanied the arrival of a very dear, old friend, Winnie the Pooh, Sri Lanka's answer to Rick Stein. Winnie had heard that I was in town and couldn't wait to avail himself of a sneak preview (read beer) of the new Teak House kitchen. Very impressed was our Winnie whose fabulous cuisine is produced on two rings in a beach shack on Goyambokka beach.  Winnie's presence caused something of a kerfuffle in the kitchen, not least when Roshan decided that he simply had to have three different workstations! That was quickly sorted out.

It is very hot and the new moon is shrouded in mist. Sun lounger cushions have retreated inside in anticipation of a little rain. Perhaps not but it would be good. 

Photoshoot begins tomorrow. Suba gaman (safe journey) to Mr Mark who is leaving Colombo at 05.00. 

Good night.

08.00 Monday, 3 October 2011

A new week commences in The Teak House. Lots to do in anticipation of the arrival of the photographer, Mark Forbes, tomorrow. 

The day started with a serene stroll along the entire length of our neighbouring beach, Mahawella, immortalised by CN Traveller. Three kilometres of golden sand, clear blue ocean and absolutely no evidence of real life. One hour and six kilometres later, I had seen one dog, one guy cleaning a swimming pool in a neighbour's garden and a motorbike gliding quietly along the sand - off to work on a Monday morning. Oh, and a whole load of fishing boats idling by on the sand.

Tangalle will not stay like this!  The weather in October is exquisite. The monsoon has yet to start - maybe it won't!  The sky is blue as the seaplane comes into land around about 9.00. Today, it carried our friend, Natalie, up to Colombo and on her way to Kandy. It has transformed travel to the Deep South of Sri Lanka! Landing on Mahawella Lagoon, it is a five minute journey from the jetty to The Teak House. 

Returning to The Teak House after my early morning exertions, which were topped off by a quiet dip in the ocean from our beach at Seenimodera, the plumber/electrician had arrived to see to a cistern that had been playing up and check on the power situation in the utility room. Nothing cannot be mended in Sri Lanka! It is the least wasteful place we have ever had the privilege to live in, a real object lesson to us consumer-crazy Westerners. 

Down to Tangalle town for a quick shop, the obligatory egg roll from the famous Southern Bakers, and lots of excuses at the bank for having forgotten my passport!  Waiting for Mr Liam from Koombi Construction to arrive now. Peace reigns and Roshan irons quietly in the fabulous new kitchen. All is well with the world on this heavenly Monday morning.

3rd Oct 2011

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The Fishermen are back!
Whilst we are unable to visit, we are thrilled to 'see' that the itinerant fishermen are back on our beach.


The Southern Expressway is now open to within 15 minutes of The Teak House
After a wait of 17 years, we are delighted to let you know that the final section of the Southern Expressway was vested a week ago! It will now take between 2 and 2 and a half hours to travel the 234km from Colombo Airport to The Teak House. It is expressway all the way but the last 15 minutes.


Extending our low season pricing
In light of the terrible impact on tourism since the horrific attacks of Easter Sunday, we have extended our low season pricing across the summer months. There will never be a more affordable time to visit this enchanted isle.


The Tangalle Riviera
Tangalle Riviera is written up in The Sunday Times


Special offer for Stays in May and June!
Book and pay for four nights and get one night's free stay. Offer applies to stays up to and including 30 June 2016. Enjoy five nights for the price of four and really experience this 'rare piece of heaven on earth....complete with a fabulous chef!'


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