|Showing an old friend around|
|Only a 15 minute drive from Stanley|
|Surf Bay near Stanley Airport|
Windows shook, and, until one remembered what the cause was, it was quite nerve-wracking. How people living in Stanley 30 years ago coped with constant, nightly bombardments from both sides in the conflict is beyond my comprehension. I don't want to seem obsessed about the Falklands War, but it is well-nigh impossible not to be reminded of it on a daily basis. Last night, I was chatting in a local pub to 5 BBC World Service people who are linking with Radio 5 colleagues in Buenos Aires on Thursday, for a live debate. If anyone would like more detail on the current situation in the South Atlantic, I can suggest good factual sources of information, especially on Twitter. Let me know.
|"Beach cleared of mines, June 2010"|
So, next day, Sunday, we joined the local Ramblers, for their monthly hike. This entailed driving 40 miles back down the MPA road to almost the exact spot where we'd picked up the car the day before! It was the spot near Bertha's Beach where we'd seen Prince William...
This time about 20 of us headed south into a cold wind towards Fox Point, which marked the entrance to the East Cove, where the naval ships dock.
|HMS Fearless memorial, Fox Point|
The Navy still patrols the waters, and we were to catch glimpses of HMS Montrose across the bay during our walk.
|HMS Montrose in the distance. For Ruth|
Although a couple of times I wished I'd worn more layers, it didn't rain and we enjoyed the company of interesting birds (plovers, hooded gulls, Antarctic terns, giant petrels, turkey vultures, and, some penguins).
|Not many deckchairs...|
|Locals in for a swim.|
|Yet another pristine beach. 4th of the day.|
|Balsam Bog. Like boulders covered in moss.|
|Taking a shortcut across tidal lagoon.|
|Land Rovers come into sight. Berthas Beach beyond.|
PS Pineapples are now in shops - £1.80 per slice. As this news story (below) says, pineapples have now been added to the basket of goods to work out inflation in the UK. There, they are are £1.50 each, going down to 50p when in season. Enjoy! And I don't want to hear any moans about egg shortages in UK supermarkets. I caught my first chicken last night on the way home from the pub. Did the decent thing and returned her to her garden, but it crossed my mind how tasty it might be with some lemon and parsley stuffing...
Hasta la vista, as I'l soon be learning to say (many Spanish speakers in town).
Next time - what DID all those boxes we shipped contain?