Friday, 20 November 2009

Leaving on a Jet Plane

The day of leaving is finally upon us and I'm all but ready to go. Edel and Marion flew from Tromso to London yesterday then drove down this morning. Not enough time with them, but if the're here when I get back (they should be) we can make up then. So, a message for those of you who pass 'Slight Return' occasionally, if the lights are on it's only the Noggies! (that's probably racist and definitely not PC)

I must say I've felt a little humbled the last few days, as the well wishing has been almost continuous, with texts, e-mails, phone calls, meals out etc, etc some from most unexpected quarters. Thank you all for that, and hope I can keep you all up to date via these pages. Without wishing to single anyone out it was 'brilliant' to hear from both Joe Cockram, now feverishly studying at Bournemouth Uni and Jo(sephine) Lawrence, from the Cabinet Office, a new found friend this year. Most unexpected guys, and most welcome!

So, it's down to JD's shortly to meet even more friends, have a lamb shank and hopefully get the 18-15 National Express to Heathrow. I hope to be wishing you all a proper Merry Christmas from a far warmer place on the day, but if I can't log-on, here it is now -

Finally, a few images from the archives just so no one gets withdrawal symptoms if I don't achieve the said access.

Asta la Vista (note - just naturally into Spanish)

Chilean Skua - Beagle Channel, Argentina

Black-faced Siskin - Gypsy Cove, Falkland Islands

Blue-eyed (Imperial) Cormorant - Ushuaia, Argentina

Austral Thrush - East Falkland Isle

Southern Lapwing - Ushuaia, Argentina

Falkland's Grass Wren - Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

Falkland's Flightless Steamer Duck (male) - Port Stanley

Falkland's Flightless Steamer Duck (female) - Port Stanley

Falkland's Flightless Steamer Duck (recently arrived) - Port Stanley