Claire mailed me a link to a beautiful video clip from home, see below ...writing, 'hope you don't get too homesick!' I did but I loved it so much that a little bit of homesick really doesn't matter.
Meanwhile I've had the pleasure of spending the last couple of days in the company of Lynette - one of the loveliest kiwi soul's I know. We were up at 6.30am two mornings in a row, taking Miss 9 to school because Jess was fighting with the nastiest kind dental abscess pain and Lynette thought it would be fun to come wandering. Remember we're mid-winter here in Belgium.
Jessie's antibiotics have kicked in now and it's Saturday today. A 9am wake-up was so welcome this morning.
And I'm rapt with the small pile of new shells here on my desk, fresh from one of the exquisite beaches in Nelson, NZ, sand still clinging to some. I'm a shell and stone-gatherer. My desk bears witness to this. Included in her bag of New Zealand goodness Lynette also bought Miss 9 a Magpie soft toy, complete with the really special call of the New Zealand magpie.
It has a lovely few days of 'home' ... and I'm still listening to Fran Kora. A most excellent way to begin a day.