Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Olympics and Me!

I'm baaaaaaaaack!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gymnastics, athletics, friends I haven't seen for years, carrot cake, English cool summer, more carrot cake, trip to Dad and Jane's old home and village, carrot cake....

Arrivals at Newcastle Airport.

English beach!

Olympic Opening ceremony live viewing in Newcastle.

02 Arena Greenwich for gymnastios.

Team USA and the VERY close cameramen.

You are never too old for merry-go-rounds!

Public viewing park at sunset.

2nd trip, this time athletics.

Fantastic gardens around the park.

Cotswold calm...the road to Dad's old home.

Rambling rose tree where Dad and Jane's ashes are scattered.

Spied on from the footpath, new people live there now...

My favorite walk...I want MY ashes scattered here.

Danny Boyle's opening ceremony - the real world.

And after all that, I came home to this...
(I had a photo, but seem to have deleted it from my camera) Okaasan's room uncleaned for 3 weeks.....kitchen, bathroom, ..bugger it ALL rooms - uncleaned.
But she had been shopped for and fed and talked to...so that's ok.
She is ok - long straggly, unwashed hair and usual confused self. Maybe aware I'd been away, showed no interest in where or to what. Vaguely interested in the tea souvenir I brought her. Yujiro had used the lunch delivery service for 3 weeks to help him.
Okaasan's room was overflowing with half dried pants, papers, old food, trash. That is only 3 weeks. 

Oyomesan is back on duty.


  1. Welcome back! Your pictures are wonderful.

    I hope you have time to jot down a bit more about your holiday. How was the Olympic Experience? I went to the Commonwealth Games when they were in my hometown once, but had to stand in line for an hour just to get in. It was great being there though.

    Looking forward to your updates.

  2. I will, if I can...before my wonderful trip fades into distant memory. I promise!

  3. I'm glad you're back. But I suspect for different reasons than okaasan.

  4. Welcome home! Very lucky to have gotten to go to the Olympics. Was following the US Team's Women's Gymnastics... a lot of events here from midnight on... lack of sleep ha!