Everyone on St Helena is either directly affected or knows someone who is by the cancelled voyage. The RMS is in dry dock now awaiting repair and cautiously optimistic that the RMS will ready for the departure on Cape Town on the 4th May
Yesterday, I got some very disappointing news. The Royal Mail Ship St Helena, the island’s one lifeline to the outside world, has not been fixed, will likely sail on one engine from Cape Town and need to return to South Africa into dry dock.
What is it like playing golf for the first time on one of the most remote locations in the world? A weekend hiking up Flagstaff Hill and then attempting to hit a golf ball around a unique course, avoiding both cows and cars that crossed my path.
The Museum and the Human Right Society held a collection of talks marking International Women's Day.
Celebrating Pancake Day aka Shrove Tuesday on St Helena Island. Ate too many delicious pancakes and saw how St Helena experiences this unique day.
I got the opportunity to attend the 'Not So Strictly' dance event at Plantation House, home of the Governor of St Helena. The next day I hiked to the top of High Peak in the fresh air and sat amongst the clouds.
I left the house on the morning of my 28th birthday to go on a boat trip to swim with the whale sharks. I was fortunate enough to swim with them today, as my birthday falls on a Saturday this year and February is prime whale sharks season here on island.
We repeated the evening hike to Diana’s peak to see if we had a better chance of star gazing on a clear night, with no moon in the sky. However, despite Diana’s peak being the highest point on the island, it has thick cloud cover so not ideal for star gazing but a lovely walk nonetheless.
This week I briefly visited the high school, Prince Andrew. It is the island’s only place of secondary education and is small (less than 300 students). They study here from 11-18. Formal school leaving qualifications were only started in the late 1960s and the school only opened in 1988 to begin offering A levels to enable young people to go onto university abroad.
One of the first new word I learnt here on St Helena was ‘sundowners’. Which pretty much means having a drink (usually in the Mule Yard) and watch the sun go down over the sea after work. It’s a very civilised beautiful way to finish the day.