So we finally have internet up and running and are connected to the outside world on an ongoing basis at home. Will try and blog regularly to keep everyone afloat as to where we're visiting and all the fun stuff we're doing. So far we've done well in settling into our new home; the community has been kind to us and Taiga seems to be doing well at the local play school - Taiga will enter Grade 1 in April 2014.
So far we've done some travels; been to Sapporo for a weekend, visited the biggest mountain (an active volcano - Taisetsuzan), and done a bit of camping. This weekend I'm entering into a 10km local race; I was doing well in my running up until about three weeks ago and have tapered off a bit... shall see if I finish it or not in one piece.