Monday, 30 March 2009


Spring has very definitely arrived. Although the weather can be anything between 6 and 22 degrees on any given day, the real sign that winter is really over is the blooming sakura (cherry blossom). And that, combined with a bit of sunshine, is enough to put anyone in a better mood. A few things have happened lately to really fill my sky with grey clouds, but this week there have been huge sunbeams breaking through to make me smile again!

Firstly, on Saturday I was able to spend the day with the friend I told you about recently and her family :D The boys played together all day and we grown ups had plenty of time to chat and laugh, we had a great time. Of course now my boys keep asking when they will come again, soon I hope!

And then today... WOOOOHOOOO, the kids and I headed for Matsuyama 3 hours away (I confess, I didn't think it would take that long to get there!) for a day out with some other foreign wives! My goodness, it was just FANTASTIC to be able to spend time with other women in the same position as myself AND to get to speak English all day!! We went to an awesome restaurant (Charlie's Vegetable) for lunch - basically a huge salad bar, so perfect for veggie me. M's behaviour was not so great (isn't that typical?), so I ended up having to take her outside while the others finished their meals. And now I'm wishing that I'd remembered to take my camera out whilst there, but to be honest I was just so excited to meet all these new people that it completely slipped my mind... but I will definitely try to go back there again some day. After lunch we headed up to the castle:

There were tons of visitors, it was a perfect day for hanami (cherry blossom viewing).

The children had a fab time running around and NOT fighting for a change, M discovered how much fun she could have playing in the dust, and the time flew by as we women chatted and chatted...

So this evening I am smiling again. Oh, how I am thankful for the breaks in the clouds!


  1. I'm so glad to read about the huge sunbeams breaking through, I hope you have more and more days like today (three hours isn't too far to go for huge sunbeams).
    Here's to brighter days ahead,
    Shikoku L. XOX

  2. what a nice place to visit :)i have a cherry blossom too and its so nice

  3. Hi there!!! I am so happy you had a fabulous time = ) I Hope you are well, the photos look fabulous = ) Finally spring is near = )

  4. Your blog is beautiful. I will follow it. Thank you for your comment on my blog. Thank you for your encouragement!

  5. Your photos are just stunning Angela! I know what you mean about being excited to speak English. I was like that when I'd come across another English speaker in Japan. It's a lovely but at times lonely place!