Possibly because of the British connections here or perhaps
because the weather here is so changeable, there is always a conversation going on nearby about the weather here.
We are just coming out of what is called winter here… “Scruffy
August and September" are usually the coldest and wettest months with days of fine rain driven over the top of the island by strong southerly winds. There is an area just above where I am staying called Scotland, and well named it is in the winter as
its one of the coolest and wettest inhabited parts of St Helena.
The rain here is very Scottish, very fine and almost horizontal at times. Temperatures at this time
of year in the evenings can go as low as 10 to 12 degrees C, which doesn’t sound cold but the damp and un-insulated housing means electric blankets are common!
Now that Spring is here there are Amaryllis flowers in the public gardens and the birds are singing (mynah birds mainly). The weather is getting warmer and certainly more sunny.
These pictures show the phenomena of clouds being created by warm damp wind off the Atlantic hitting the island and creating in these pictures mist. Depending on
weather conditions it could be fog, mist or just cloud.
Whichever it is there is always a photo opportunity.
Julian Morris has been our Chief Executive for Economic Development for the past two years.
His time on the island is coming to a close and the inevitable round of leaving events have been scheduled.
One of the first ones was held by my colleagues at the training restaurant a couple of Sundays ago.
This was a surprise party for Julian as can be seen by the look on his face when walking down the stairs into our basement and garden.
We kept the format simple and easy with a “Saint Barbecue”
Chicken and local Tuna were thrown on the barbecue and were accompanied by a variety of salads and potato dishes.
Plenty of wine flowed that day and a great time was had by all!