Leash Fen, near Baslow, Derbyshire. 22/12/09
We’ve been back from Japan for 3 weeks now. The original intention was for me to go off to India for 2 weeks on the final leg of my sabbatical. Plans were changed because Sue’s Mum, who had been in hospital with chest problems, wasn’t recovering very well back at home. Instead, we decided to rent a lovely cosy cottage in the Peak District of Derbyshire close to her parents. I am pleased to say she is much better and we are enjoying wonderful winter landscapes, literally on our doorstep.
As we haven’t been at home, we haven’t written any Christmas cards this year so please accept this instead. We are staying with my parents for Christmas then meeting up with some Dutch friends we haven’t seen for years in Tewkesbury on the way back to Dorset for the New Year.
The sabbattical has been a wonderful experience. We’ve been to some amazing places, enjoyed travelling by train and boat where possible and had time to think about the meaning of life and everything. But most of all, it has been the people we have met or stayed with that have made it so great. And there’s still so much more of the world, and its people, left to explore ….
Merry Christmas to everyone and a happy 2010.