|Sea Lion recently seen in central Stanley|
The editor of Penguin News, Lisa Watson, was fantasising about interviewing Flt Lt Wales, and was trying to decide what her first question to the famous visitor would be if she was allowed access. She decided on - "Did you bring any bananas, Sir?"
|Air-Sea Rescue training. HRH on board?|
Salad vegetables were a rarity, until today, when the shelves were groaning with lettuces and tomatoes. Root vegetables, mushrooms and fruit are scarce, unless frozen. Fresh fruit is pricey: most fruit is individually priced, eg 50p per apple; 80p per plum, etc. Onions are about 60p each.
On the plus side, beef and lamb are plentiful and around half the cost of UK equivalents. I'm beginning to wish I'd bought that book "The Complete Book of Mince", by Rene La Sagne, but I was convinced, with a name like that, it was a spoof!
|We like Whitby, too. Capt Cook came from there.|
But, despite the shortages of certain goods at certain times, it's actually quite refreshing to NOT have a choice of 17 types of tomato, or 12 different potatoes. Shopping takes a fraction of the time as in the UK!
The other supplies come by ship every 4-6 weeks, from the UK. Many F_Islanders order by internet from UK shops and have goods shipped out. You just need to plan ahead. So apologies to friends in the UK who may have been expecting presents this year!
But, apart from clothes, most things are available in the shops. It's just that it may not be obvious which shops supply which products....
|Dolphins often seen in Stanley Harbour|
|The Victory. Good beer, good food.|
And the first gift shop most tourist see by the jetty, is full of penguin paraphenalia, but is also the only shop that I've seen selling eggs!
As the locals tell us - if you see something you like, buy it! You never know if you'll see it again for months!
Thanks for all the supportive messages. We really appreciate them. I know the Falklands have been in the media spotlight recently, but for those living here, life goes on. Most people are more concerned about where to find eggs for Pancake Tuesday, than whether a Prince is down the road!
STOP PRESS - No sooner had I mentioned the lack of eggs, when West Store becomes full of them. The power of the internet, eh. I bought a couple of dozen in case they run out! :-)
So, pancakes today, after all.
(What? No Penguins?? You're sacked! Ed.)