Thursday, September 23, 2010

Dad's Knee Surgery

My Dad has had knee replacement surgery, so I went to Hollywood (Hospital) to visit him. I drove to Perth yesterday, and stayed the night at my sister Angela's house. I spent the night with her three delightful daughters while she and her husband Ray went out to a dinner. I visited Dad yesterday afternoon and again this morning. He has been in hospital for a week, and should be allowed to go home tomorrow. He seemed pretty weary while I was there, which I guess is understandable after being in bed for seven days.

Mum has been staying at my elder sister Jennifer's place, and going to the hospital every day. The surgery was maybe more stressful for her than it was for Dad.

Here are some photos I took this morning, while Mum tried to make Dad's leg more comfortable for him.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Going to Japan

Sophie and I will be going to Japan in October. Sophie was chosen to be on the Bunbury-Setagaya Student Goodwill Visit 2010, and I volunteered as an adult helper.
Setagaya, in Tokyo, has had a sister city relationship with Bunbury for eighteen years. The trip for students is designed to foster friendships and cultural understanding between the two cities.
For the last six weeks Sophie and I have been busy attending weekly meetings, and also a weekend camp to prepare for the trip. We have got to know the twelve other students and three adults who will be travelling with us. We have learnt a little bit of Japanese, and also what to expect in Japan. It is certainly going to be a full-on ten day visit. The trip even includes a day at Disneyworld in Tokyo. We will be guests of the city of Setagaya, and will be welcomed by the Mayor.
Last night we had the official farewell from the Mayor of Bunbury, David Smith. We met some of the other city councillors, and committee members of the sister city committee. Our group presented the three songs we will be singing when we are in Japan. We will sing for the Mayor and the Assembly, as well as at a school visit and on a couple of other occasions.
Yesterday I had an email informing me of the host family I will be staying with for four days during the visit. The host mother Hiromi said "We have two naughty boys so our home is always lively"! I guess I should fit in quite well there. Two naughty boys must be twice as good as one naughty boy...

Sophie and her school friends inspected the lovely inlaid timber floor in the council chambers.

A family photo

People looked through the scrapbooks that the trip participants had made about themselves.