It's almost a year since we moved 8,000 miles to this remote outpost in the South Atlantic. Life has generally been good and it was easy to settle into habits like daily shopping, and having lunch at home most days. I consider there are three "luxuries" in life - Health, Money and Time. In the past, I've occasionally enjoyed times when I had two out of three of them, but here, I'm fortunate enough to have adequate amounts of each. I know I am lucky.
|Commanding Officer of British Forces, and HE Governor, taking the salute on Battle Day, December 8th.|
So, I can bake (a new skill for me) and cook, and when bored with home cooking can splash out on a St Helenian curry or a Chilean Toothfish dish in a local restaurant.
Food, although very limited in choice (compared to the UK), is plentiful and meat, in particular, is very cheap. (Tomatoes are 75p each, though, and today we baulked at a watermelon at £13.77. Onions are about 60p each, and most vegetables are individually-priced!). Sometimes, months go by without seeing basic items, like eggs or bananas, but you just adapt, or make discreet enquiries as to who has squirrelled some away..... I've never been a picky eater, anyway.
|Wild Mushrooms. Would be about £10 in the shops.|
|Royal Marines commemorating Battle Day, December 8th|
|Wrecks in the harbour|
|A rather co-operative Snipe|
|Le Boreal, luxury cruise ship. Sailing away......|
Some companies hear the noise and stay well away from the area; while others continue their regular operations, eg cruise ships, only to find Argentine ports are now off-limits to them, or worse, they are blockaded in a port until they agree not to visit the Falklands.
|Falklands Flightless Steamer ducklings.|
|Argentine cemetery, Darwin|
|Antarctica-bound charter yachts|
|Cape Pembroke Lighthouse, and Atlantic Conveyor memorial|
|Christchurch Cathedral, & Whalebone Arch.|
|Sealion resting in downtown Stanley|
|Sealion waiting for the church on Sunday|
|Turkey vulture on neighbour's hen coop.|
|Oh yes - we get some amazing sunsets...|
So, wherever you are from, thanks for reading and I wish you a Peaceful Christmas and Happy New Year.
|Christmas scene, Stanley|
Bearing gifts, we traverse afar,
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder star...."
Unfortunately, we only have Rockhopper penguins, not Kings. Poetic licence, anyone?