After all the excitement of the Referendum into the Falklands political Status, and the new Pope, it was back to basics - eating, driving, quizzing, running (not me, but some fit people with good knees).......More below.
Although meat is readily-available and reasonably-priced, beef and lamb tends to dominate, so it was with some relief that we heard that venison was to appear in Stanley....organic, low-cholesterol....
|Penguins and reindeer! Where in the world?|
Sami herdsmen from Scandinavia and marksmen from Norway, have been part of a team to eradicate the descendants of the dozen which were introduced by Norwegian whalers about 100 years ago, in order to provide fresh meat.
|Safely in Stanley. A pet reindeer.|
For more information on what's happening on South Georgia, try the following site.
Although deer might elicit some sympathetic reaction, the next target species is rats. They eat the eggs of ground-nesting birds, so are a high priority. There's no word about whether we'll be able to supplement our diet with any more novelty meats.....
|Running up Rowlands Rise, heading out of town.|
|Head to head, with 10 miles to go. The man on the right sold the venison!|
|Heading out to the airport for the first time.|
|Some lovely new tarmac at the edge of town. The eventual winner pulling away.|
|Governor Nigel Haywood, passing Studio 52 gift shop at 24 miles.|
|The Governor, on his birthday, nearing the finish...|
|This competitor, left, took 9 hours.....|
|Air Force runner, with Royal Navy spectators.|
|Still smiling after 26 miles! (And the Governor walking home in background!).|
A small team of friends and I won the (very competitive) Archery Club Quiz at the weekend. This was held to raise funds to send archers to the Island Games, to be held in Jersey in 2014. Small island communities around the world compete against each other away from the "big" events like the Olympics. The Isle of Wight and Anglesey also compete, as well as some more far-flung locations, such as the Faroes and Bermuda (where a team of Falkland golfers will be going this year!).
Before Christmas, I noticed my car tyres were badly worn. They had been new when the car arrived last March, but, in less than 5,000 miles of driving here, have had to be replaced.
However, I could find no new tyres (of the right size) in the islands, so had to order them from the UK. They arrived last week. I never thought I would miss Kwikfit tyre fitters, but I was dreading getting a puncture on the rough roads here. Next week, with new tyres, I'm venturing out of Stanley for the first time for a while. Elephant Beach beckons!