What a month! The first three weeks of the month saw some of the best weather we’ve had all winter. In stark contrast the last week has seen some of the worst, something thats becoming predictable… anyone else noticed there is always some poor/extreme (some outdoor friends would say great!) close to the equinoxes? I noticed it when I worked in the Hebrides, off Scotland’s West coast, and it seemed to follow suit in Hong Kong when I lived there… and now South Georgia.
Not only has the weather been giving a varied performance but my workload has done something similar. The fishing season continued to keep me busy boating until the middle of the month, when it then suddenly dropped off and has now left us with only two ships in the area. After a week or so of keeping myself busy doing odd boating jobs (the boat shed has never been cleaner!) and keeping out of trouble, the last week of the month has been particularly busy. I have one of the Jet boats in the shed for servicing and we had two Royal Navy ships in over the weekend. Typical, you don’t see one for 4 months and then two arrive within hours of each other!
Hopefully back down to a more digestible post next month, for my sake as much as yours!
Next month is going to be a shock to the system… in a couple of weeks time we will have 7 builders and 4 museum staff back on the Island/base. That’s a big jump from the 8 we are down to just now! Not sure how I or the others are going to react to ‘outsiders’ arriving and settling in on our island! Actually it will be nice to have some familiar and some new faces about. Having said that I would take another couple of months of winter right now if I was offered.
Speaking of more winter… I was offered to stay on and do a second winter a while back. I’ve agreed to it, though I’ll be doing the 8 month contract (as Tim did earlier this year) so should arrive back in the UK middle of next summer. That will take my time here to about 22 months without leaving! So I hope you like the blog and will keep reading, it could be interesting watching my mental state deteriorate (further?) during that time!
As always feel free to share with anyone you think might like it. If there’s something you want to know about life down here just ask and I’ll try to answer it.