2020 Spring season is off in the garden

Its going to be an unusual year with this virus, lets hope it benefits nature with more people gardening and looking out for wildlife. The bee season is ramping up in the garden with other species seen like Andrena fulva, Bombus terrestris, Bombus pratorum and there are lots of beeflies too.

End of another mission

Another two missions complete although I was sent home early on medical grounds as I had Pneumonia so 11 rather than 12 months. Its was very challenging the dry season was so hot 40-45 degrees unbearable at times everything brown and dusty. The wet season turned the place into a lush but very wet and muddy place at times.

An amazing time with amazing people who I will never forget.

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.