Monthly Archives: July 2011


As I write this, Squidgy, the youngest cat is licking the rain water off my umbrella (thanks, Squidgy) and her mum, Myrtle, is tapping me with her paw to demand ear scratching. The cats came to us 5 1/2 years ago from the Windyways cat rescue centre. Since then they have been an important part of our lives. They have demonstrated that cats aren’t really that bright and they need loads of attention. We will really miss them while we are in China, but I know they will have a lovely time staying with my Mum and Dad. These are some of my favourite photos of them:


There are now 35 days before we leave and we have started the process of saying goodbye to people.

We had a barbecue on Saturday to say goodbye to our friends. Our little house and garden were packed, but luckily it didn’t rain (unusual for Macclesfield). I don’t know what we would have done if the weather was bad. It was a lovely day and I felt really touched that so many people came to say goodbye to us.


On Monday Mum and I travelled down to Brighton to stay with my sister. On Tuesday we went on to Waterlooville to meet my Nan, Cousin, Aunts and Uncle for lunch. My Uncle and Aunt have just finished teaching in Singapore and will shortly be moving to the UAE to teach. It was interesting to hear their perspective and get some advice (I will make sure I put my flight socks on before getting on the plane!)

I finished work two weeks ago. My colleagues were all lovely and made a fuss of me , but I still don’t think it has sunk in that I have really left. I feel more like I am on my holidays. I don’t have any work lined up in Wuxi, so who knows what I will end up doing when we get there. It is all very exciting though.

Alan says we must go and so we go.