I’m going to invent a new handle for myself if there is any chance that new migrants – new settlers, as they used to be called – are heading for Ascension Island.
|Quiet retreat ... What about a move out of the neighbourhood, perhaps a destination as far away as remote Ascension, just south of the Equator. - Thanks to BBC News for the cutting.|
Ascension Island may not be Paradise exactly, but it is a gorgeous island.
It's remarkably close to the Equator and very pleasant visits there showed me it would suit me fine for a home.
I have sailed passed many times and, best of all, I've anchored there and enjoyed immensely the pleasure of going ashore.
Like its neighbour to the south, St Helena, it has a small but friendly and very hospitable population which knows how to give the word welcoming a capital W.
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Whether the welcoming I experienced as a singlehanded sailor anchoring close to the shore would be the same had I announced that I had arrived to stay, I’m not to know.
|... No wild animals pose a threat, and birdlife is plentiful. There’s plenty of what we see in an English garden, plant and bird-wise, but also there’s some wonderful seabirds including boobies, petrels, noddies, and the island’s own frigatebird.|
You’ll find a very good account of the Ascension on Wikipedia, with some good photos and many details.
When contemplating a new home in another part of the world, what are the priorities?
Any chance of being slaughtered by the locals? Perhaps killed with kindness, is a risk. Otherwise and long and healthy life seems the promise.
The scenes wherever the visitor looks are wonderful, the mountain gorgeous, and the greenery – introduced back in the 1840s - is gorgeous.
Look upwards, higher than Green Mountain, and the vista of the night skies is fabulous.
No wild animals pose a threat, and birdlife is plentiful. There’s plenty of what we see in an English garden, plant and bird-wise, but also there’s some wonderful seabirds including boobies, petrels, noddies, and the island’s own frigatebird.
As the popular expressions goes, what’s not to like? You may not find a convenient Aldi, nor a choice of cinemas, nor a very handy Surbiton Library.
But for life, for clean air, and only a glance away huge stretches of ocean, Ascension takes some beating.
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