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Absent without leave

Wow, it’s been a while. I feel like I was absent without leave – and I missed my blogging time so much!

I’ve been seriously busy and even time in the evenings after work has been at a premium lately.

So what exactly have I been doing?

Well, firstly I left my old job and tried to do a really good handover for my colleagues. So that was a fairly solid month of effort. After a total of over seven and a half years working at my old company, it was in many ways a wrench to leave, even though I was looking for new things to learn and ways to improve my knowledge and skills. I worked with some good people at that ‘big granite spaceship’.

You know who you are, good people of the big granite spaceship!

The Big Granite Spaceship

Then I started my new job.

Steep learning curve? You could say.

What’s that crazy switchback street in San Francisco called again? Oh yes, Lombard Street, which lays claim to being the most winding street in the world.

Well anyway that’s pretty much how I think of my recent learning curve! It’s getting easier… one day at a time. I think I am currently coming to the metaphorical middle of Lombard Street at the moment.

I should give myself another month, says my new boss. At least…

The real trick, of course, is when I am metaphorically able to run up Lombard Street from bottom to top without needing to stop and catch my breath. I shall then consider that I have ‘arrived’.

A steep learning curve…!

Finally, I was involved in an awesome freelance project relating to the revision of a three-book set about the Kruger National Park – helping to write and edit website copy about it. Check it out here.

I learned such a lot about conservation in general, relating to one of the world’s oldest preserved national parks – and, arguably, one of the world’s best-managed national parks, for an impressive century and more. The Kruger is not just about looking for the ‘big five’! although a sighting of lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and/or buffalo is always an awesome privilege. I have only been to the Kruger once before now, but have full intentions of going again with my family just as soon as I can.

Anyway that’s what’s been keeping me busy, and for now, it’s so good to be back together with my blog.

It’s a bit of a love affair, you know…

Watch this space for more just as soon as I can!

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