So what was I doing during that time? I was staying in Scotland with my mum who is now 91, and still in terrific shape mentally and physically.
Whilst there, we had a succession of visitors to stay – family and friends. We enjoyed glorious and not-so glorious weather during the Pittenweem Arts Festival where we bought this terrific lino-cut picture of our family house by local artist Susie Lacome.
Many lobster and chip lunches at the East Pier Cafe Smokehouse in St Monans were enjoyed!
The DH, Mum and I flew down to a family wedding in the south of England – Brighton to be precise. It was such a happy few days, the sun shone, the bride looked radiant, and the groom looked ecstatically happy. My sister made them the most amazing chocolate and pistachio wedding cake.
Back in Pittenweem, I had what seemed like endless medical tests – honestly my arm was like a pin-cushion after so much blood work. All clear on most tests, one was done just before we left and am still awaiting the results.
Having purchased as many books as I could physically fit into our luggage, and stocked up on supplies of oatcakes, jelly and chutney it was time to come back to Beijing.
So here I am in China again – how was YOUR summer?