Going South to St Helena

It was unexpected but being on the first plane ever to fly from Ascension Island to St Helena was something special and not to be missed.

There are plenty of discussions elsewhere on the rights and wrongs of the airport being where it is and the need for tourism in St Helena so it serves little purpose for me to mention it further.

Suffice it to say that our plane landed, not once but twice, without any issues. It’s a beautiful island in The South Atlantic 10 miles long by 5 miles wide. It’s probably best known as the place Napoleon was exiled at Longwood House for 5 years and where he eventually died with a tomb built for him – both photographed below. We had a brief tour of the Island. The photos below are a very brief summary. Jonathan the 189 year old giant tortoise wandering across the lawn at Plantation house. Jamestown viewed from the top of Jacob’s ladder 699 steps up from the town.

It was literally a flying visit. There is plenty for tourists to see and do. Hopefully the issues will be sorted out soon to open the island up.

Derwent Water, The Lake District

Given the incredible amounts of rain over the last 6 weeks we were very fortunate to have a couple of days of visibility to see the beautiful scene that the recent snow had left behind.

It’s always a case of expecting all weathers and you won’t be disappointed. We were hoping to get some walking in along with some photography.

When we arrived there was some snow on the hill tops but there were only fleeting glimpses as the grey cloud rolled in.

A heavy days rain and very low cloud offered the hope that it would be falling as snow higher up. It was.

The skies, very fortunately for us, cleared photos below show the range from the pre and post snow views around Derwent Water and Keswick.