Hello friends and family
The break last week was because I went on holiday with Hiltrun. We started in the Andes in Ecuador and climbed to 4500 m (14,800 ft – higher than Mt Cook ) where I got altitude sickness. Then we went to the Galapagos Islands and swam with turtles and sea lions. After that we had a day in Guayaquil on the Ecuadorian coast and a day in Santiago, Chile. I arrived home yesterday afternoon. It was wonderful!
Chris minded the place while we were away, and Patrick has started his job of Kaitiaki for the reserve and was locking the gate at night and unlocking it in the morning. One pair of penguins had abandoned their eggs, so we hope that Chris was able to foster them out in time. Other than that, all is well.
Today we will candle the rest of the eggs and look for newly hatched chicks. Now that I am home, I will try and sell more of the calendars. If you would like some in lieu of Christmas cards, they are selling for $20 each or 10 for $150. Please help by replying to this email to place your order. Let me know your mailing address and I will post them at our expense.
Have a great week!