When I get back from Chiba this awaits.
This signifies that a package has been to my house in my absence. My motor? This does not say, show up at a post office and collect it you bum, but rather phone this number especially set up for English speakers. I do so and the charming lady arranges for the delivery to be made to my house between 7:00 and 9:00pm. She also tells me that the delivery is a small package and a letter – not the motor.
I get home at 7:00. At 7:30 a Post Office van shows up and a happy, smiling man shows me 3, yes 3, parcels. Thank you Japan Post Office for delivering stuff to me at 7:30. Are there any other public postal services that offer the same service?
One is huge, it is the motor!
The first is from Ben and James. It is a food parcel containing oatflakes, a huge bag of coffee, an inner tube for Big Red and a handmade mirror. I cannot go into detail here but I am immensely pleased and touched by this parcel from my sons – thank you James, thank you Ben.
Next is a monocular that I bought on Ebay. It came from China. It cost nothing. It has the brand Bushnell, which is a well-known US telescope company. Hmmmm.
With trembling hands I unzip the big boy box.
Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Tomorrow I will mount up with wings like eagles.
Food, power and a spy-glass – time to make like Cap’n Cook and explore the globe! Have fun.
Phosphor- bronze bearings, like Krakatoa in a bad mood, even at tick-over? 25:1 heavily leaded to steam oil? Burnt hands after lifting the engine off the boat. No? Then it cannot be right.
Can’t remember the phospor bronze bit.