I'm packed and ready to go. But today I waved goodbye to the MV Edinburgh - which left without me. A sad moment.
The island is trying hard to find a ship that might divert and take me to South Africa. One shipping company has responded to say they are looking and has forwarded the request to sister companies. So quite promising but no definite yes's. I've also e-mailed websites that organise cruises on cargo ships and wait to hear back.
My plans to meet up with Simon in South Africa for a week's holiday and travel back to the UK together are starting to slowly unravel. Tomorrow he will have to postpone his flight from London to Cape Town. Deeply depressing. I was looking forward to that so much.
I've been restocking my food supplies which I'd run down. Its hard to know how much to buy - especially fruit and vegetables which will sell out shortly (a consignment arrived on the Edinburgh earlier ths week). I need to start to plan what I'm going to do while on this extended stay. I guess I can't go too far from the Settlement in case a ship arrives suddenly... Maybe tonight I'll go to the pub to drown my sorrows, well have a few pints. Tomorrow morning I'll do some cooking - which is always therapeutic.
A birthday card from my sister in America arrived this week which cheered me up. Thank you Catherine. But sadly still no sign of the outstanding Christmas present.
I took groups of school kids for a guided walk and talked about plants this morning. They were excited about getting out of the class-room - and probably because this is the beginning of a two week school holiday.