One cool, but dry, Sunday, we took a stroll around Stanley Harbour to Gypsy Cove, where we hoped there would be some penguins. We strolled down the hill from home, cutting through through the Memorial Wood, where a tree has been planted to commemorate each of the 255 members of British Forces killed in the Falklands War. There are very few trees in the Falklands, so these make an impact.
We also passed some long-tailed Meadowlarks, or Military Starling (or Robin, so-called because of their red breasts).
|FIPASS dock facility|
The looming hulk of FIPASS (Floating Interim Port And Storage Systems) appeared in the harbour. These massive floating warehouses and offices were towed here after the '82 war, and are now used as docks, and offices. Nearby, is the excellent Seamen's Mission, which does great lunches at very reasonable prices.
Eventually, we passed the industrial estate on the outskirts of town, crossed a bridge (built by Royal Engineers) over a creek and out to the 'unspoilt' bays and coves surrounding Stanley Airport.
|The Plym and the Lady Elizabeth|
|Magellanic penguins in Yorke Bay|
|Last few penguin chicks|
|WW2 gun overlooking Port William|
|Stanley, through the Narrows, and mountains from Gypsy Cove|
|Windpower harnessed for fun|
|Moon and Venus above Stanley|
"Remember, no matter how far away you are, we are looking at the same moon". That's from a very clever and thoughtful friend. It helps connect us to old friends.