We took our visitors for our favourite walk,
and then we went to Breaky Bottom vineyard
owned and run by Peter Hall,
great nephew of Lafcadio Hearn,
a man much revered in Japan.
The vines are mostly Seyval Blanc,
but new for 2007 is a Chardonnay
which Peter let us taste.
Admiring the new labelling machine.
Lambs newly separated from their mothers
baahed plaintively on the sidelines.
Toto the Bengal cat.
It couldn't have been a more perfect day
but as we neared home
we saw a plume of black smoke on the horizon.
I later discovered that it came from a furniture store
razed to the ground by rioters.
This shop had withstood two World Wars since
its opening in 1867.
We don't know how much our friends have understood
about the ongoing situation.
It hasn't been referred to directly
and we don't want to frighten the children.
In any case, we don't have the words to explain it ourselves.
I would need the Japanese word for 'ashamed'.