Early morning sky from our place, November 2014
This morning dawned with a chilly start, and a night that saw me watching the Ladies Singles final at Wimbledon, a 1 a.m. start here in NZ. A little sleep deprivation is OK in moderation .
Tomorrow, the Men's Final … there is Andy Murray, a man from Scotland but his country of sports is Great Britain, so I should show heaps of support there, as my Mum, Grandma and Grandfather were all born in Scotland. Then, on the other side is Milos Raonic, born in Titograd, SFR Yugoslavia (now Podgorica, Montenegro),
but his country for sports is Canada, his residence is Monte Carlo, Monaco.
And thinking of all my friends in Canada, maybe this is where my allegiance should be.
Today I had a short time outside, in a sheltered place in the garden and soaked up some Vitamin D. Our Ginger Boy did the same late this afternoon. As the sun moved round further to the west, some of that warmth vanished, and then he moved to another spot.
Snowdrops are flowering, and this shrub in a large planter has these delicate creamy flowers. I would be so happy for an identification.
I pass on Josh’s thanks for all your comments yesterday, he had flown back from Rotorua this morning and was busy getting the next semester’s schedule, unpacking and seeing the Wellington harbour from the window . I suggested that he look ay my blog and see the photos there, and scroll down to the end. He did…. “ 16 comments, that’s great” …he was so thrilled, many thanks from me too. A comment makes so much difference to a day, and I know how I value each and every one.
The next Semester at University begins tomorrow, and a paper on Antarctica is on the list.
I wonder how many of the students knew about the Medevac and followed the story. The other day I listened to an interview on CTV with the 5 men and one lady who were the crew and engineers on those flights. So humble, they all acknowledged the backup from so many people in all parts of the world, that enabled this to begin and end safely.They did not dwell on their own skills, bravery, or the fact that they dared to travel on this dangerous journey.Instead, they told of how they sang “ The Lion Sleeps Tonight”, 2 verses over and over, to entertain themselves on the 10 hour flight from Rothera to the South Pole. A meal of Buffalo Steak, some sleep, then a 10 hour return to Rothera.
Photo below, courtesy of CTV news.
The Kenn Borek flight crew shared details of their risky South Pole rescue mission, July 5, 2015.
Quotation of the day, author unknown
“ A ship in port is safe,
but that is not what ships are built for”
Greetings from Jean