Monthly Archives: June 2011

Our house in the middle of our street

Our house has been posted on the estate agent website!


We visited the travel clinic today to find out about which vaccinations we will need. We were advised to have injections to protect against Hepatitis B, Rabies and Japanese encephalitis, plus regular boosters for tetanus, polio etc. The nurse gave us the first course for the first three today, so we both have sore arms. We will have to go back for the rest later.

John’s Mandarin teacher, Dr X, insists there is no problem with rabies in China. However, we were persuaded by the nurse who told us that if you get bitten by an infected animal, you only have a matter of hours to get treatment otherwise you die. Once the course of vaccinations are complete (three altogether) we will be protected for life. To be fair, I think we would be just as likely to get bitten by an infected animal in Spain. J is sad that due to the risk of infection from monkeys, his plan to bring back a legion of monkey servants will have to discarded.

People Cloud

My new favourite word in Mandarin is Kāi Huì which means meeting. The word is written like this 会 and combines the word for person and cloud. I am going to refer to all meetings as people clouds from now on.


Today is my birthday and exactly 2 months and 7 days before we move to China. So, J and I decided to spend the day doing some of our favourite English things.

We woke up nice and early this morning and drove to Castleton in the Peak District. From the centre of the village we did a lovely 6.5 mile walk up to Mam Tor and along the ridge. The sun (mostly) shone, the birds sang and the sheep ignored us. After our walk we stopped at the Nags Head in the village for sausage and mash and a pint of real ale. Bliss.

I am really going to miss England. On the other hand, I am so excited to be going to China so I can find out what my favourite things to do in Wuxi are.