Sunday, 8 January 2012

Leaving on a jet plane...not sure when!

Welcome at Neko Harbour
Happy New Year!   And for those of you wondering what's been happening with me recently, let's just say we've been in a bit of limbo....

The flight (to the Falklands) we were booked on was cancelled at Christmas, and others have been full.  Rather than sit on someone's lap for 18 hours, we've now been booked on another flight in about 2 weeks time.

The hiatus has allowed me to sort some more photos of a recent trip to Antarctica, so if you want to see some penguins, you've come to the right place!

Gentoo penguin with shy chick
These photos were taken around the Antarctic peninsula in March 2011.  The only human inhabitants are working on various research or military bases.  We visited a friendly Chilean base and Port Lockroy,  an ex-British base which is now preserved as a museum, and was run by 4 young female volunteers.  As well as doing some scientific research, the women ran a Post Office and gift shop, for the visitors on cruise ships.

"Look, I don't have any more food!"
It was certainly a remote spot to work, but the women seemed to enjoy being away from "civilisation", for a while.   However, it's not the place to be if you enjoy your home comforts or like your own space.  No running water, and, if you want to be alone,  you can walk around the island in 5-10 minutes depending on the tide!

Bi-lingual penguins!
The Chilean naval base comprised a couple of buildings, but the cheerful personnel were only too happy to allow us to wander around and see the penguins, and buy some souvenirs!

Keeping a lookout at Port Lockroy

A small British outpost in Antarctica
So, now we have a definite date for the flight, we can engage a removal firm and restart the ongoing debate about what to do with our possessions - chuck out, put in storage, or ship them out?

Never a dull moment!


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