I’m sorry that I’ve not been around that much over the past week or so. There have been two main reasons for this. The first is that I always forget just how much extra time is going to be taken up once the university term starts at the beginning of October. It isn’t just the sessions themselves and the planning that goes into them, but also the time taken travelling back and forth. During the summer months I faff around complaining that I am not getting enough stimulation and, as a consequence, when autumn events, both academic and cultural, start to be advertised I sign up eagerly without giving sufficient thought to the practicalities of what I am committing to and the effects that will have on my rather fragile health. This year I have definitely over committed and I am going to have to spend reading week pruning my diary and cutting back my expectations.
The second reason is less easily dealt with. I am having problems with my eyes again and this is obviously curtailing the time that I can spend reading and writing. We have tried a number of medications, but at the moment are struggling to find anything that doesn’t actually make the situation worse. As you can imagine, this is frustrating in the extreme.
So, excuse me if I don’t visit your sites as often as I would like until we can get something sorted out. It doesn’t mean that I don’t care or that I don’t miss you.