I am finally back posting photos on the blog after a long break - thanks mainly to the inability of Virgin Media here in the UK to be able to provide me with the internet service their advertising says they can supply. I ended up going with another provider, BT, and so far everything is OK.
I have heard equally good and bad reports about all the 'big three' TV / internet / phone providers in the UK - Virgin, BT and Sky. It seems to be pure random luck whether you happen to get good or bad service from any of them. They all seem to be much of a muchness.
This whole internet downtime came about from us moving to a new house, we've moved to a town called Worcester Park on the edge of London. This image is of morishio (盛り塩), a traditional Japanese use of salt to purify your environment and bring luck, which my wife was keen to put down when we moved to this new place. We now have these little dishes of salt in four corners of our house, a little touch of Japan here in south London!
I apologise in advance if I'm tardy with commenting on your blogs or returning comments during the week... I will get to you though!