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Less than 26 hours to go to commence my journey to the FI. My fitness plans astray after the various hotel stays associated with my work in January will resume as soon as I arrive. A hectic weekend of packing followed by two days revising my packed choices and I still have 5 kilos over the allowed 54! Deeply indebted to Sonya for her help over the past few weeks. My current displacement activity is to check out the FI webcam. No movement on the jetty for several weeks until today. Boat loads of tourists who are probably on their way to South Georgia and Antarctica are milling around in the sunshine. If I get too isolated I may well join them.

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One boats already left the jetty – they don’t spend long.

 

Loving the theatre 2016

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So 2016’s been a year of loss of great talent. Its also been a year where other great talents have inspired me. I will miss London’s theatres. Its where I go with friends for joy, beauty, learning and to be challenged. I’ve seen Mark Rylance, in  Nice Fish. Sat behind Mark Rylance and his highly creative wife watching Minefield at the Royal Court Theatre. I’ve watched women sewing on stage, fighting for their lives and falling in love. Its been a joyous year of amazing theatre, dance and music.

Getting Fit

12 weeks to get myself ready for the Falklands and the many walks I intend to take. Delighted to be back in the gym. Not my best look. Will post with progress updates. Well its Boxing Day and as you can imagine terrible damage to the regimen. Morning walk with brother in law won’t make a bit of difference to my waist but great for my spirit.

A special place

34 years ago I first heard about ….

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34 years ago the Falkland Islands became a daily part of my early working life.  It seemed very far away but I remember feeling scared for the people living there. In May, I saw Minefield  at the Royal Court theatre. The play gave me some indication of the experiences of that time.

Fast forward 34 years and I am now preparing to travel to  the islands. There’s lots to do to get ready and I am starting to feel a mix of excitement and the odd tinge of anxiety.

Mostly I feel excited and look forward to seeing the wildlife, the scenery, the crafts and meeting people. So far everyone’s been very friendly and helpful. Now I need to get my planning and packing sorted so I make the best use of my time there.

At the time of writing there is a 3 hour time difference between the UK and Stanley so no reason for us to lose contact. Current time in Stanley

5 species of penguins

Looking forward to seeing some of these little chaps whilst on the islands. I’ll be posting some sightings. You may end up with penguin fatigue if the 2500 photos from Antarctica, taken in only 10 days, is anything to go by.  Really looking forward to learning more about Falklands Conservation.
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A number of islands make up the Falklands and here’s a video of one I hope to visit.

Bleaker Island

Crafting

Time to craft is, for me, an amazing gift

Fabric

I love fabric, texture and sheer pleasure of making something for another person to enjoy. So far my crafting has focused on patchwork and working with a wonderful woman who uses a Long Arm quilting machine turning my patchwork into beautiful quilts. Being bashful about crafting isn’t sensible and I know my quilts won’t please people who like the sludgy colours. I love vibrant colour and being able to mix a palette of colours feels like magic to me. On this page I will post some of my completed projects. On the blog page I will post information about projects as I work on them. I will share some of the problems I encounter. I will also ask for opinions there or on my Facebook page. Thank you for reading this far.

Paper

I love paper, all forms, books, pictures, magazines, notebooks and writing paper. there are so many wonderful crafts I could learn here but for now I will restrict myself to collages – there is a drop down page on collages here.

Wool

The Falklands has some of the best wool in the world. Looking forward to some new projects which I will blog about so check out the blog page here.

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