Hello everyone! Back from London, where my surgery went well. Of course, it turned out to be the hottest day on record in England! Thankfully, the hospital was air-conditioned, although the hotel wasn't.
My husband and I spent our days prior to the surgery buying a new laptop, enjoying a celebratory dinner with family at Laseez - our favourite Indian restaurant in South Kensington - and trying to stay cool in air-conditioned bookshops, stores and restaurants. Until two hours before the surgery, we were at the Victoria & Albert Museum seeing the fabulous Modernism: Designing a New World exhibition, including Russell Wright pottery, Breur chairs and other iconic American and European designs from 1914-1939.
Thank you all for your prayers, positive thoughts and lovely messages of support. I have been deeply touched by your thoughtful words and many expressions of kindness during these past weeks. Merci bien, mes amis!
I am moving rather slowly and hope to catch up on e-mail and your blogs over the next few days. As you might imagine, having spent years reporting from the Middle East, I have some things to say about the current crisis. Please check back later for more posts.