Referendum Day had arrived, but The Ramblers had a monthly walk to undertake. With luck, we should get back to Stanley in time to vote (if one was on the Electoral Roll), or to see the planned rally of several hundred cars through the capital, Stanley.
|Welsh Guards' memorial, Fitzroy|
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_FitzRoy . Fitzroy was a remarkable man, who went on to develop a system for weather forecasting!
|Stanley Growers, Airport road, Stanley.|
|Low tide on Fitzroy River|
|Exposed sandstone cliff|
|Fitzroy Bridge looking north-east.|
The bridge was built in the 1930's to avoid a long detour around the estuary between the settlements of Bluff Cove and Fitzroy. It could take sheep and vehicles, and had concrete supports with a wooden platform. I found out here >
< that some of the wood came form the SS Great Britain, which lay rotting in Stanley Harbour for many years, before being saved and restored to its new home in Bristol.
|Doesn't quite reach the far side.|
|Parts of the SS Great Britain were used to build the bridge|
(For details of the event, try here > http://www.rna-10-area.co.uk/bluff_cove.html )
|The concrete supports provide a sheltered lunch spot|
Meanwhile, the Rapier anti-aircraft missile system had been shipped ashore, but not completely set-up. As predicted, Argentine aircraft soon appeared and bombed the ships, crammed with fully-kitted soldiers. 56 were killed, and 150 wounded, many of them, like Simon Weston, badly disfigured by the ensuing fire.
3 Argentine aircraft were shot down, with 3 killed.
|Pink granite fence posts, from Aberdeen?|
|Beach, with Fitzroy Ridge ahead.|
The uphill stretch opened up views along the hills which ran towards Stanley, 25 miles away to the east. Soon, we were on the crest of the ridge, and could see beyond the hangars of Mount Pleasant Airport, 10 miles to the west.
|North to Wickam Heights, across Fitzroy River. Bridge at narrowest point|
Shear the sheep too early, and they risk being burned in the fierce sun. Shear too late in the summer, and there's a risk to newly-shorn sheep that the temperature drops below what they can cope with.
|Striding over grass and diddle dee. Fitzroy settlement in distance|
|Someone is happy to find smiling sheep.....|
On arriving back in Stanley, we were in time to witness the huge parade of Islanders demonstrating their desire to remain British. See recent posts for details and pictures.
An eventful and enjoyable day, allowing us to see parts of the Falklands not many people have seen. Thanks to Mike and Greta for organising.