|Still evening at the jetty|
|Juvenile black-capped night heron|
But I had some paperwork to deal with to prepare for the arrival of our shipped belongings. I headed down to the shipping agents and paid for all our shipping, which is due to arrive any day now. 1.4 cubic metres, (15 boxes of stuff I've already forgotten about), plus a car...
Then, in preparation for our treasured, old Freelander arriving, I took out insurance - it's too old for comprehensive, so 3rd Party, Fire and Theft (although I suspect there isn't a lot of theft. Where could you take the car? People leave the engines running while doing their shopping!). But I can't complete insurance unless I have the car's registration......
So, walk along the seafront to the Royal Falkland Island Police station, to register car (£40) and pay road tax (£110). (This for about 35 miles of road!)
But....Registration can't be finalised without proof of insurance cover! So, back to insurance office.... Collect insurance certificate, and return to Police Station. Hurrah. Is it like this elsewhere? I haven't registered many cars!
Now, I just have to complete the Customs declaration; hope the car passes the Bio-security check (no alien seeds or creatures stuck to its wheels); and then hope that it wasn't damaged on the voyage.
On the plus side, diesel is only 75p per litre!
A litre of fresh milk is about £2, but there's a bottle shortage. Only UHT is in the shops.
|Fresh milk is available, but BYOB!|
Just for interest, I jotted down the prices of some of the fresh fruit and veg -
Kiwi fruit - 48p each
Lemon - 66p each
Grapes - £4.50,small punnet
Strawberries -£4.50, small punnet
Leek - £1.50
Onion - 60p
Avocado - £1.83
Lettuce - £2.40
Pepper - £1.60
Vine Tomatoes - £2.70
Cucumber - £2.60
6 eggs (Chilean) - £2.40
No supermarket price wars here! However, fresh meat is very reasonable -
Leg of Lamb - £6.50
Shoulder of lamb - £2.20
Lamb chops £5 per Kg
Mince - £1.80/kg
Forerib of beef - £4.80 for 2Kg
Fillet steak - £18/kg
Plus there is plenty of mutton, and offal! Where's my Atkin's diet book?
|Lunchtime banana on Victory Green|
|More bananas posing with the treasured Banana Guard!|
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