|Fitzroy home, with quad bikes parked outside. Not sure if the phone box works.|
Fitzroy was named after the Captain of the famous Beagle, which called in on the Falklands in 1833. To combat loneliness on the long voyage, Fitzroy had asked the Admiralty to find a gentleman companion with whom he could share scientific discussions. A young Charles Darwin volunteered to sail with him.
Fitzroy went on to become Governor of New Zealand, helping to start the First New Zealand War with the Maoris, and also developed the first weather forecasts. He would have been kept busy in the Falklands. "If you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes....". He also features in the UK Shipping Forecast, as a sea area is named after him.
|Sheep shed by the sea-shore. Say 3 times, quickly!|
When driving around, I'd noticed the sheep behaved very differently from their cousins in remote parts of Scotland. In the Scottish Highlands, the sheep can be exasperating - leaping out of the heather in front of your car without warning, or more infuriatingly, standing in the middle of a narrow country road, oblivious to your pleading or banging of the horn; only moving when gently nudged with the front bumper.
|Here's looking at ewe!|
|Ever felt penned in?|
|Maiden Bitter from Falklands Beerworks|
But it was not only the thought of some pretty sheep that attracted me...there was also the promise of some craft stalls, and rumours of draught beer!
|They all looked good to me.....|
|Woven by hand|
These sites are showcases for a couple of superb artists and designers living in the Falklands -
|The bump on the horizon is Mount Pleasant airport|
After the prize-giving ceremony (there seemed to be eighteen categories of prizes - best sheep... by breed, age, sex, whether for wool or mutton, etc) people met up with old friends, exchanged news, sampled the home-baking or brewing, or bought some craftwork. Farmers and visitors had come for miles..
|Stanley - that way! (Typical Falklands-flagged transport)|
Too soon, it was time to go home. But we will return shortly, as I want to see the memorial to those killed on Sir Galahad during the Falklands War. The disaster actually happened at Fitzroy and not Bluff Cove, which is a few miles further. It was a complex situation and I will hopefully explain the background in more detail later.
|The pot-holed road to Stanley|
|Going off-road can be dangerous.|
This weekend (21st April) is a Bank Holiday in the Falklands, celebrating the Queen's Birthday! The wind is turning cold and sleet is forecast. Captain Fitzroy would have been pleased his idea of weather predictions has been so universally adopted!
Every day here, the local radio station gives the weather forecast, the shipping forecast, and the Sheep Chill Factor - warning of the cold felt by newly-shorn sheep.
Have a good Queen's Birthday, and wrap up warm!