The Independent Oliver

One of the days we spent in Chiang Mai we took a tour of the Sankamphaeng Road, which runs west of the city and is home to a wide variety of factories producing crafts from silverwork to teak furniture to paper umbrellas to jewellery.

Our tour guide took it upon herself to take over care of Oliver for the duration of the tour — which he loved — leaving us free to browse in peace. Pictured above is our image of Oliver when we emerged from the lacquer ware shop: Oliver sitting on top of an ice cream stand waving to us.

For some freaky reason Oliver, who is in the habit recently of starting to cry if Catherine gets more than 4 feet from him, thought this an entirely normal exercise, and didn’t complain at all. Except when we had to leave the tour guide at the end of the tour, of course.