Oh and in case you have been wondering our vehicles have still not been delivered. There is a never ending trail of paperwork and bull****. I doubt that it will ever happen. There are a lot of people with good intentions who would willingly get the job done but beaurocray and red tape means the good intentions never materialise into action. Our latest date is the end of November. Well its the 28th today so I guess that day is going to come and go too.
At 10 am we had a helicopter deliver a patrol of 9 from the resident infantry patrol. They are here until tomorrow afternoon. While they are here they will do patrols around the island. Tonight they are camped down in our shearing shed. Most of the men are Scottish with broad scottish accents and if that isn't bad enough to try to understand there are three Fijians with scottish accents. Shaun and Tanya also have a patrol of 9 on Speedwell so we are all well protected tonight.
At 2:45 the islander aircraft arrived to take Simon and Neil back to MPA. They were both nice guys and I think they enjoyed their weekend on the island.
I had ordered margarine etc for our catering for the tourist boat to come on the plane they flew out on because we had run out of some essentials. Normally I would be in no hurry for my air freight but today just because I really needed it the plane could not carry it all. I now have eggs but no margarine. This is a bit of a bummer and we have now had to order another plane for tomorrow just to bring my little box of groceries in. I alwasy try to avoid getting the plane in solely for freight as it is very expensive for FIGAS which is a subsidised service and it seems a waste of money to drop of a box of groceries which I will only pay a couple of pounds airfreight for but which will cost £100's of pounds to deliver. I can normally tie getting freight in and my mail out with someone flying in or out from the island.
Today mum and I made mince tarts for the tourist boat and also put a filling in our yoyo's and iced our bite sized biscuits. Come to think of it, it doesnt look like I have done much today.
Christopher has been repairing fences, worked the boat and the plane and stored the new windows away. It looks like we have not been very busy today but I think it has just been disruptive with people coming and going.
|Helicopter dropping of infantry on George Island|