Oh dear I've lost a week! Everything was going smoothly, I'd been getting on with things nicely and then, last Wednesday, my body put the brakes on! Ouch, off to bed, painkillers, hot water bottle, fluids only etc etc, sorry for myself. Anyway, by Sunday I was feeling well enough to enjoy some of that wonderful sunshine and DH and I had a very short walk and then a coffee in the garden, my recovery kickstarted. I'm still being careful but have quite a backlog, some things will just have to be forgotten about for now.
In my last post I wrote about going to the bach. I must apologise for people who don't know what a bach is. The bach is a holiday home, mine is a wooden chalet. The term bach,
pronounced batch, is used in North Island New Zealand, in South Island
they call them cribs! It's interesting that as we embrace technology and reach worldwide audiences we need to take extra care to make sure we make ourselves clear. Text messages and even emails are notorious for "being taken the wrong way" when compared with a face to face conversation or a telephone call, a lack of non-verbal communication. Excessive use of exclamation marks doesn't make up for it! I blithely ramble on and yet many people who read this blog (and thank you very much) are doing so in their second, or even third language, I need to take more care with the words and expressions I use but please ask if you don't understand something I write.
It is less than a month before I go to Japan, I'm hoping to share some thoughts about that soon.