Happy new year to everyone!
After what can only be described as a very restful and quiet Christmas break, it’s hard to believe that we are getting ready for the start of a new working year and that the holidays are now firmly behind us! This year started off on a very quiet note, with a new year’s bonfire at the Admin’s hut, after a reception at the Residency and drinks at the Chief Islander’s house. Our gorgeous little girl, Caitlin, shook things up a little when she chose to arrive 10 days early on 10th January at 9:25am. She was born at Camogli Hospital and we are so very, very grateful to the Doc and the wonderful staff for their superb care and attention.
We have been overwhelmed this season by the generosity of the islanders with gifts of meat, potatoes and more eggs than we know what to do with. It was not unusual for us to come home and find two or three pieces of lamb on the kitchen table, along with a bucket of Tristan potatoes and 12 eggs. Our chest freezer is now full to the brim with lamb and our pantry is overflowing with potatoes in a variety of sizes. Caitlin has already been the lucky recipient of a few items of hand knitted clothing and Erik and I were both lucky enough to get some traditioanal Tristan socks for Christmas – my favourites for sloffing around the house when the weather is a little chilly!
This year, sadly, we’ll be saying good bye to the Doc and his family, who are going to be journeying to Scotland and Canada before making any definite plans as to where they are going to be settling for the next few years, but on a happy note, we’ll be welcoming a new Doc, Carel and his wife Ingrid at the end of this month. It’s a sad reality that we can only have one Doctor on the island and Joerg, Lucy, Katie, Anna and Emily are going to be sorely missed by all of us!
To all of you, I wish a wonderful 2007, full of only the very best things that life has to offer. We’ll be seeing you all soon!