The last week has seen day after day of wind. This has not been the only reason for us being stuck in Stanley. Christopher hurt his back the day we came over. Christopher and bad backs is nothing unusual but this was unusual because he was in extreme pain. I predicted this episode when I saw him lift the dinghy trailer up to hook it onto the Strada. The Strada was slightly too far back and instead of getting me to get in the vehicle and move it forward slightly he was not only holding up the boat trailer which is no flimsy lightweight job but also pushing the Strada forward with the rest of his body to get the eye of the trailer onto the hook of the Strada. Stupid!!!! This has meant that he has just not been fit enough to take us home. The biggest obstacle being that Theo has heavy duty moorings at both George Is. and Speedwell Is. as they have to hold her in the foulest of weather. The riding chain is so heavy that I am unable to pull it up. Christopher was sure he would be able to pull them up but I was certain that it would just aggravate his back even further. So here we are still in Stanley. Christopher's back is 90% better but there does not look like there is going to be a weather window to get back onto Speedwell until Saturday. Today we were supposed to be getting the last of our animals for this season of both Speedwell and George on to Concordia Bay for the abattoir but this has had to be cancelled. These animals cannot be moved now until the 7th April which is a bit of a pain but just couldn't be avoided.
Finally for today. I came across a new blog written by a lady currently living in the Falklands. An interesting blog well worth a read. It is interesting to see how we are perceived. Also interesting to see how we are all clumped together as being adverse to contractors. I for one realise that there are positions where we need to have contractors. I can't see that ever changing. We are never going to produce enough doctors, teachers etc. In time I hope to see my daughter filling a position in her field which is currently predominantly staffed with contract officers. Not because she is a Falkland Islander and has priority over jobs (or because I don't like contractors) but because she is qualified to do the job. Tiphanie left the islands at 16 to spend 2 years at college, followed by 3 years at university. She then returned home for a year to gain experience working in her field as a marine biologist. On completion of her year she returned to university to complete a master degree. Tiphanie has not had to be encouraged to come home. She made her career decision at the age of 16 in a field where she knew there was a lack of locally qualified individuals. It is not true to say just because you are a Falkland Islander you get first dibs at all the jobs. You have to have the qualifications required to fulfill the criteria of the job and if we have individuals with the qualifications and experience required for a specific job then yes I think we should be employing them.