I don't get many invitations to free food and drink, but then this week 2 arrived for the same evening! :-(
His Excellency the Governor," requests the pleasure of the company" of my wife and I at an evening reception at Government House!!
What an honour! We duly donned the glad rags on Wednesday, and strolled up the driveway to the large detached house which doubles as an official residence and an outpost for Foreign Office diplomats. Inside was a throng of lucky people who had secured the honour of being selected to this exclusive gathering. (Only later did we discover that these receptions were held every week, and it's a mystery (to me) as to how people get invited...)
|Government House, with internet connection behind. Sky subscribers?|
|Meadowlark admiring our collection of dandelions.....|
Wishing to learn more about the socio-economic impact of the oil industry on a tiny, remote community, (and being quite peckish), we headed to the far end of town... The Narrows Bar is actually quite wide and long, but it faces the Narrows, the entrance to the harbour. Sadly, though, we weren't alone in wanting to know more about the socio-economic impact of the oil industry on a tiny, remote community, and we found only a few curled sandwiches and cold pizza segments were left from the massive buffet. :-(
|Visiting yacht - Icebird.|
|View from the Waterfront cafe|
|A small selection of cakes at the Waterfront|
The Mechanical Engineering Section at Camp Bastion undertook an Iron Man Challenge at the weekend. This 24hr charity challenge was raising money for 2 charities, SSAFA and Combat Stress. It was though, an Iron Man Challenge with a difference, as a team of 6 topped up the water levels, plugged in their irons, and once up to temperature, set about ironing countless items of kit. Neil Skinner spoke with one of the ‘Ironeers’, Cpl Al Marriott and event co-organiser, Sgt Lee Hind.
Some very worthy charities there, if you wish to support them.....
Another new visitor to Stanley was a rescued, oily Rockhopper penguin, Captain Bleakey. He was found on Bleaker Island and brought in to Falklands Conservation's de-oiling facility.
After about 10 days of been washed and hand-fed a diet of succulent squid, he is ready to fly south to re-join his friends. (Penguins cost £1 on local flights).
For more information of the work that Falklands Conservation does have a look at their website or their Facebook page. ( I'm having a problem linking to them, but it should be easy to find.)
|Capn Bleakey enjoying his daily squid...|
Yet another batch of newly-arrived creatures were the Magellanic or Jackass penguins. Back from their winter feeding, and now cleaning out their burrows in preparation for raising a new family.
|Magellanic penguin in his burrow|
|This was the view from that burrow! Not bad, eh?|
|Lady Liz, Hercules and kite-surfers|
|Ascending Mt Harriet from south|
|Looking east from Mt Harriet. Stanley in distance|
|Convoy of Rapier Missile launchers surround our car...|