Isolated means different things to different people.  When I first came out to the islands people often asked me about the social isolation, “how will you cope stuck with so few people?”, “what will you do without television?”, “will you have internet?”.  My first instincts were that  I would cope and so far I have.  The kind of isolation I thought of before I came out was physical.

Out on Skokholm there was very little land surrounded by quite a lot of water so it was quite obvious.  Here on Skomer there is much more land and we aren’t even that far from the mainland (with another island, Middleholm, in between!) but even so it can seem quite remote.  Especially when you come over a certain hill and see nothing but this hide…

I’m glad I’m not the researcher that has to inside that all day, that would be isolated.

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