Author Archives: marypacker

Bringing in the New Year

December 29th to January 5th The days between Christmas and New Year were leisurely with no normal work timetable and no more babies expected until mid-January.  I assessed that, from the pattern of the previous months, I was unlikely to … Continue reading

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Christmas Retrospective

Christmas Retrospective It’s been a very different Christmas.   While mixed with varied and pleasurable times, we can’t deny that there have been empty periods where we have felt far from family and familiar surroundings.  Our social calendar, however, has seen … Continue reading

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Periwinkle beauty and beasts

We are living in New Ground. Alan read that New Ground has been named such since the 18th Century; though in the past few years there has been a lot of house-building activity in the area making the name as … Continue reading

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St Helena babies

Last night I was in the hospital for the birth of another beautiful little ‘saint’ – as the locals are called. This little poppet arrived nice and normally at 5.30am. There are around 30 to 35 births on the island … Continue reading

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Another memorable St Helena weekend

Saturday 23 November For the first time since arriving, we made it down to the market in Jamestown hoping to be in time to buy some bananas at the Growers’ Market stall, which sells only local produce. I was keen … Continue reading

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The St Helena routine

Mary: Monday – Out-patients in the morning, hospital, admin and audit activities in the afternoon. After work I head out to Joe (the vet) and Teeny’s for singing practice where I am now a temporary member of a singing group … Continue reading

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Alan’s birthday weekend

8-10 Nov Last weekend was the highlight of our stay on St Helena thus far. It may well be the highlight of the whole visit too as it will be hard to beat. On Friday afternoon, Alan collected me from … Continue reading

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