Saturday, 25 December 2010

Merry Christmas!

Just wanted to wish everyone a mightily jolly holiday. If you're reading this on Christmas Day, by the way, haven't you got something better to do?

It's a funny old Christmas at this end - lurgified, surrounded by half-filled boxes, and gradually creeping towards getting the right forms... Actually, we now have the working permit from China (which means we passed the medicals, which is a relief), and the only remaining thing is to actually get the visa, book the flights and go. It looks as though we need to be in China on or near Jan 10th, because of a grant I've had from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, so the next couple of weeks will be getting quite frenetic. And also, we've just found out our shipping company won't carry fossils for us, which is fun! Three steps forwards, and half a dozen sideways...

Still, it's definitely getting there. I think. And I think "there" is somewhere vaguely near where we want it to be. Maybe. The good news is we'll arrive in time for the Chinese New Year, so it doesn't matter that this year's Christmas is a bit of a non-event for us - we'll just make up for it a few weeks later. Cheers all!

(And just because we can't have a post with no pictures at all, here's Toad, getting confused by all the festivities. We'll introduce him properly in a bit.)


  1. I hope you all feel better soon. Looking forward to meeting toad properly soon! :-)

  2. Thank you! We're getting there, but it's the sort of thing that leaves you drained... and as we're flying out in about a week, just what we didn't need!

    Toad says, "Gribbit gribbit grib-bibbit ribbit", meaning (loosely), "Good to see that someone else has an amphibian looking after them."