This post should come with a health warning.
My upper respiratory tract lurgy has mutated into a full-blown cold complete with all the attendant joys of sniffing, sneezing, coughing, shivering, sweating, aches and pains and generally feeling rubbish.
PP has also been laid low with a (hopefully) unrelated sick bug so it's down to Small Dog to perform nursing duties.
God help us.
So I'm currently swaddled in a fleecy blanket on the sofa, in front of the fire, with an impressive array of medicaments by my side.... max strength cold and flu capsules, cough mixture, throat pastilles, Olbas oil and a copious amount of tissues.
Yesterday and today I've been watching the unfolding news from Japan, transfixed by the destructive power of two natural disasters, plus the potentially man-made one at the nuclear plants. It's impossible to imagine the scale of human suffering currently being endured. People are still fighting for their lives, trapped in ruined buildings, thousands of others have lost everything they own. The immediate emergency response is now in full swing although on the ground it must be hard to see, in the face of such wholesale destruction, where the need is greatest.
The whole scenario is a stark reminder of how vulnerable we all are when faced with the raw power of nature.........