1 It’s always good to be home but this time tinged with sadness as we don’t know when we’ll be seeing D,A and Grandbaby N again. Getting a Visa to visit the UK seems to be a nigh on impossible task. Even though our son is British, born here in the UK, bringing in his Senegalese wife and daughter just for a holiday takes months to organise as they jump through innumerable hoops, provide masses of paperwork in triplicate and have to have us as sponsors.
2 There was an enormous pile of post waiting for us, mostly routine but with one delightful letter, our first from the child in Senegal whom we have just started sponsoring through Plan. Such a strange coincidence – her name is A as our daughter-in-law and N like our new Grandbaby! Steven, our first sponsored child who has now reached 18, shared a family name too and had the same birthday as my Dad – something serendipitous happening here!
3 I heard yesterday that Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is very ill at this time. Please join me in sending healing energy to this humble global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered throughout the world for his powerful teachings on mindfulness and peace.
On a lighter note, I am pleased to report that my recipes are getting a lot of traffic and my recipe for Runner Bean Soup has had a remarkable 2,407 hits in the last month and comes top when you Google Runner Bean Soup! There have been some pleasing comments too!