I'm not really sure how to start this... six days after we sat for hours watching the initial horror of the earthquakes and the tsunami that followed. Now, of course, the situation seems to be even more precarious, if that were possible, because of what is happening at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Even though we haven't been directly affected by what has happened, people all over Japan, as you can doubtless imagine, are very subdued. The general feeling seems to be, "We want to help", but not many of us can drop what we are doing and physically go and help. Donations are being asked for, and are flooding in. My impression is that Japanese people are overwhelmed by the depth of feeling and generosity of people from all around the world.
Just in case you want to help, but don't know how, here is a link to the British Red Cross, where it is very easy to make a donation.
For those of you not in the UK, I'm sure you will be able to find the Red Cross link for your country.
On a more personal note, many thanks to everyone who has called or sent messages asking if we are OK. We are, and I'm sure we will be.