Life on the most remote inhabited island in the world

Sheep and moving to Tristan

It’s that time of the night again and Caitlin is once again on the phone to her dad – discussions again centering around the sheep, whether it will be a ‘girl’ sheep or not, and whether it is actually a good idea to dye the sheep pink (Caitlin is concerned that the sheep’s mother will be cross with it for dying its coat ….)

What these conversations are showing me though, is just how much my daughter misses her dad and just how important he is in her life.  I’ve been battling with the concept of allowing my child (whom no one can look after like me – with apologies to Erik :-)) to go so far away from me for more than 3 months.  Realising how much Caitlin misses her dad’s input into her life on a daily basis doesn’t make the decision any easier to swallow, but it does convince me that this is exactly what both of them need.

She is so excited at the idea of going to school on the island for a while and seeing her friend Ryan (who was born four weeks after her and with whom she was the greatest of friends when they were both babies).  I am comforted by the thought that she will be with her Muddish and Fardi (god mother and father on Tristan) and surrounded by the largest group of babysitters ever gathered together in one place.  The thought that she will have the experience of unprecedented freedom, of a welcome into every home and that she will come back to South Africa calling everyone ‘Tiddy’ or “Buddy’ makes me smile… I just wish I wasn’t going to miss her so very, very much!


Comments on: "Sheep and moving to Tristan" (6)

  1. Hi, My name is Peggy. I am producing a travel/real estate show that documents people living in some of the most remote locations around the world. I would love to see if there is a way I can have a television crew come to the island to document life and real estate in the area.
    Please feel free to contact me at anytime.
    Thanks for your consideration.

  2. Dear Claire, hello im the editor from Hong Kong who invited you for an interview last year. It happened that I have been sicked for months and now i get back to work. but too bad I lost your email…would you mind sending me your email again? my personal email is I will reply you by my company email. Thank you and sorry for the trouble!

  3. Tristan Krause said:

    Hey Claire, Hello Eric 🙂
    I don’t exactly know if your Blog and/or your E-Mail or anything really is active anymore, but is there any way we could have a conversation about life on the island?
    I’m a student (age 20) at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences and I have always wanted to move to the island myself, but I have a lot of questions regarding that 😛 If you could send me a reply that would be amazing 🙂

  4. Rebecca said:

    Hi Claire and Erik,

    I don’t know if your blog is active anymore but I’d really like to speak to you about life on the island!
    I work for BBC news in the UK and Tristan da Cunha are currently trying to recruit a mechanic. We are talking about this on our Breakfast programme tomorrow. If you happen to see this could you send me a reply and I can tell you about it in further detail! Thanks so much, Rebecca 🙂

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