Its also a year since we employed Shaun. Looking back I don't think we ever made a conscious decision to employ Shaun. It was more the other way around, Shaun decided that he was coming home to work. I was unsure if we could truly afford to employ him. A year later the results are out and yes we can afford to employ him. It has been a great decision, he is hard working, conscientious and reliable. With the outbreak of the fire again on George Island he has found himself in the position of having to gather and bring sheep in from the large camps on Speedwell by himself . Him and Bex with the aid of Christopher's most experienced dog Elle have risen to the challenge. Sometimes it has taken two attempts to complete the challenge but he always gets there in the end. Him and Tanya are now in Stanley for a couple of weeks because it is squidding season. It was agreed when we employed him that he would still be able to go squidding. This takes him away for about a month in March and then about a month in August. The March one is a bit of a pain as we are still busy but it is good money and allows him to boost his income considerably.
Last but not least Tiphanie is back in Stanley. She went out observing on a vessel in the fishing fleet for what she thought was a two week stint and eventually got back into Stanley seven weeks later.