Monday, December 31, 2007

minus 1 day..

Yes, it's actually minus one degree C in Himeji today, but here it's heading for 42° C!! Julie's alpacas next door (no, it's not a pushmipullyu) are starting to look perturbed by all our rushing around to get organised. I swear they are have a much higher IQ than our Wiltshire sheep. Julie and Bill organised a local farewell dinner for us at the Blackwood golfclub last night, and it was great to catch up with our Cherry Gardens neighbours and say goodbye. Thanks, Julie!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

minus 3 days...

38° C. Crazy. More housework, more packing. Tonight we had a great farewell dinner with our parents & kids at The Grand, Glenelg. It's all starting to feel very real. Tonight's excellent news is that Matt & Em are coming to see us in Himeji in April.

A haiku by Lyn:

rob's still tidying.
Will he make it? Or won't he?
Well. I don't think so.

Friday, December 28, 2007

minus 4 days & counting...

37.7°C (100°F). 

Today consisted of a wonderful trip to Marion Westfield Shoppingtown to take Lyn to the dentist (yet again), get my International Drivers' Licence, buy souvenirs for my Japanese superiors, sort out Medicare & Mutual, say goodbye to Gail & David, then home to tidy about 300 poetry books in my study (sore point, that one) and repair the roof of the chooks' shed.

The chooks are very grateful.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

minus 5 days & counting...

See, I had this idea to keep a blog of life in Japan. Since I'm usually a writer, I thought it might be different to do a "pic a day" type of thing & keep the words to a minimum. Today I decided to start it right now, so you can see a bit of life in the Adelaide Hills before we pack up to head for Himeji. At the moment it's the storm before the calm - slashing grass in the orchard for bushfire protection, catching up with friends and trying to put our lives onto a laptop and reduce our worldly possessions to 20kg. I'm pretty jealous of the guy in the picture..