A friend in England went hiking this week with her family and she visited the church at Minstead, Hampshire.
Conan Doyle and his wife are buried here.
The word "Knight" means that he was given the title "Sir".
Same place....same trees.....one year difference!
My morning walking place is Tenjinyama Park between Hiragishi and Sumikawa. The first picture is May 11th last year 2012. The second picture is this morning...May 18th 2013.
Spring! Where ARE you????
In 2008 Masako Endo asked me to help co-write her book Pera Pera Hokkaido, published by the Hokkaido Shimbun.
I checked all the English in the book and the CD is my voice.
This weekend I was working at a medical conference at Royton Hotel.
On the last day the staff manager Saito-san suddenly asked me to sign her copy of the book!
Then, 4 hours later, I saw Endo-san herself waiting in the Royton lobby to start work as a tour guide to take the conference VIPs to Lake Toya.
So I introduced HER to Saito-san too and there was a second book signing in the middle of the conference management office :-)
It's a small, small world.
I'm working now for 4 days as a Bilingual Secretary at the Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology Congress - mostly at Royton Hotel.
I am part of a team of bilingual staff and we support the VIPs with any requests they have - toilet location, time of next meeting, registration location, sightseeing in Sapporo etc.
Today a professor from the UK told us he had forgotten to bring his business cards to Japan, so it was my job to go to a printing company and get a 3-hour service of 100 cards printed for him.
But it's a long, tiring job, from early morning until night - and there is a LOT of sitting/standing and waiting. My legs are tired!
See you all next week - back in the classroom.
I'm still looking for spring.
Today I went to Nishioka Park and walked the marshland boardwalks to see the white skunk cabbages blooming.
They really are strange plants. But I love the vivid green and the white.
It's hard to believe that this is just on the city limits, Sapporo and city life seems very far away!