Oh dear. What a performance. For some reason unknown to me (and I would probably not have understood anyway, being useless with technology) my blog went down. It's taken ages to get it up and running again - and thank you to the people who helped that happen. I'd be lost without you guys!
So what's been happening - apart from the fact that it just keeps raining? Not a lot. I've had a pretty quiet time wihout travel which has actually been rather nice. It's good just to be at home for a spell and catch up with friends. Karon and I reckon that there have only been three days without any rain since I goet back from St Helena and South Africa in November. But we've been lucky not to have serious flooding and our hearts go out to those of you who have/are suffered/suffering. It's hard to comprehend that elsewhere people have to walk for hours just to get a pail of water.
Workwise things are definitely picking up after a few years which have been a bit tough. Understandable really. Holidays are one of the first "discretionary spends" to be ditched when times are hard. A couple of my regulars have been on explaining (not that explanations are necessary you understand) that they've had to ditch long haul holidays to put the grandchildren through uni. I just hope those kids aren't geniuses who go on to PhDs!!!!!
Anyway, as always there's lots to be done. We've now got the new schedules for St Helena and I need to put together our guided tours up to April 2016 which sounds like ages away but will be here before we know it. Can't see the island being ready for an airport by then. It seems that hardly anything has been done to put the infrastructure in place, not least in terms of accommodation. So it's a watch this space situation. The 200th anniversary of Napoleon arriving on the island happens in October 2015 and we'll be taking a group for that - cabins on the ship have already been secured! What do you think of the idea of including coffee-picking as part of a holiday? I think it could be quite fun - just a couple of mornings, not dawn till dusk every day! It's in the melting pot which is called my mind. Meanwhile I need to stop this and go to organise a vehicle for the extra Orkney departure - the first one filled really quickly and the second has just a couple of places left.
And so it goes on. Never a chance to get bored - or up to date!