We are finally emerging from a difficult period where we have felt cut off from the world. I amputated a gangrenous toe, but the lady needed more radical surgery. Transport out was not possible for a few days, so great was my relief when it was safe enough to send the canoe to Gizo. Extra flights were put on to catch up, but there was some frustration amongst the overseas visitors who had lost their connections. It is now calm, but the sea remains deliciously cool as I resume my afternoon swims. Yesterday, a lady who had paddled a considerable distance with her market produce, decided to seek an opinion regarding her painful abdominal swelling, present from the previous day. Within 3 hours she was on the flight to Honiara with an obstructed abdominal hernia.