South Sudan update


I have done two missions back to back My first as a WASTAN water and sanitation engineer in Juba the new capital of South Sudan. This first mission was three months long.

My second mission is as a Technical logistician running the technical side of a hospital in the middle of no where. I run everything from the airstrip to the cars to power generation to constructing new wards to biomed, general maintenance and security as its an unstable area. I have done this for six months and have extended another 3 making 12 months away from home in South Sudan if I make it to the end I’m already exhausted. It is common to come down with some bug or other i have had so many upset tums I have had internal parasites again  I’ve been dewormed, just some of the joys.

There is loads of insect life especially now its the rainy season not so many bees but loads of types of wasps.

I miss my insecting and will certainly be having next summer off.


Mission South Sudan


Two days ago I was told I am being sent to South Sudan this coming Wednesday. I should be away between 6-9 months so may be back for some of the 2019 insecting season.


Getting back to health

Returning from Bangladesh I was totally exhausted add to that Giardia and Dengue fever, so its taken me till now to recover and now I feel fitter than before my mission. So I’ve taken this opportunity between missions to tick some of my local bucket list off. Three longer cycle rides, Grafham water 55 miles, Ely 42 miles and Saffron Walden 43 miles. I have been wanting to cycle these for at least 9 years.

Saffron Walden 1 puncture 1 lost (and got my puncture on the lost part of my cycle which makes it even more annoying. Also the Saffron Walden cycle had mountains ok small mountains more like hills but when you live in flat Cambridge and cycle mostly in the Fens  the only place you can get horizontigo any undulation is a mountain 🙂

Hornet to Hornet

With working in Bangladesh for the spring and most of summer I feel as if I have gone fomr the end of summer hornet recording right back into end of summer hornet recording

Today I found this second colony it was very busy and for me to get the photos with my macro lens I was inches away from the entrance. When I stood up there were about 30 or more buzzing around me waiting to enter the nest.