I am settling back into life after our trip to Italy and France. I have my brain back. I am still in one piece, much to my surprise. I had feared I would not survive this trip and I have survived. Apart from the three books I read while I was away and the few new sights I saw, of countries right up close, I do not feel I have achieved much. I am achievement driven. I feel the need to have something to show. It’s not enough simply to have enjoyed the company of others. I need a more tangible record. My photographs are disappointing. They do not do justice to the landscape or to the people temporarily within that landscape, but at least they exist. I have a partial record.