Thankyou so much for coming to Imagine English School this year, sharing your life and thoughts with me in English.
About 25 people a week come to the classroom in Hiragishi - the youngest is 7 months old and the oldest is 81! Most students have lessons for fun and to keep their brains active, but some people are preparing for test taking or doing English for work situations.
I have enjoyed meeting every single of one of you!
In addition this year I worked for NHK World TV program "J-Trip Plan" as a reporter, and with Hokkaido Treasure Island Travel as a tour monitor/consultant. I also did narration work for TV programs, local government and Hokkaido University.
This year for me personally was very busy, with good things and bad.
Top of the Bad list was certainly the knee skiing injury in March, which left me hardly able to walk for most of April and into May. But now I am skiing again...although very carefully.
Top of the Good list? Going to England in September, my first visit for 5 years. I saw many friends and (above picture) had a wonderful day at Highclere castle, the house used for the location of the TV drama Downton Abbey.
And personal progress - my mother in law finally entered a care home in December. She has lived with us for 9 years, and it was increasingly hard to take care of her. In May, she fell in the kitchen, and never regained her physical or mental strength. Now she is settling into life in a care home. MY life becomes much easier, and this New Year I will NOT have to cook or buy osechi!
So. Imagine is closed now until January 4th.
Yesterday I spent 5 hours cleaning the classroom and preparing for next year.
The last class of the year was a new student coming to meet me and talk about helping her to prepare for an academic conference in the UK. So 2017 work flows into 2018 :-)
Happy New Year everyone.
See you in 2018.