January was a blur. I was trying to get discharged, and then trying to get on a flight to Stanley. Not an easy task at short notice. Now I'm back in sunny Stanley, and working 'hard' showing tourists from cruise ships around the town and the penguin colonies. February has seen about 20 large cruise ships visit Stanley.]
|Biscuits in the Horticultural Society show!|
And a BIG "Sorry!" for not posting on the blog for a couple of months. Since returning to the Falklands at the end of January, I've had a few loose ends to finish off. I also had problems with my neck (brought on, I believe by lying on my face a couple of weeks, and generally not exercising recently). This has prevented me spending much time at my PC
|All made from marzipan - a cake entry at the Horticultural Show.|
|Local gingerbread house|
|More flowers than you normally see in months.....|
So, it was quite a surprise to see scores of boxes arrive with pristine potatoes and succulent tomatoes. There was also a home produce section full of chutneys, pickles, home-made gorse wine, cakes, breads and muffins galore. Home baking is popular here!
|Fierce competition in the carrot category|
|Governor Nigel Haywood handing back his sword at the end of his tour.|
|Smoke from across the harbour. The Governor's "royal salute"|
The crowd cheered and ex-Governor Haywood departed to the airport.
Weekend on Weddell......................
|Weddell Island settlement|
|The lodge on Weddell Island.|
|Commerson Dolphins near the shore|
|Inquisitive Gentoo penguins|
|Valentine's Day breakfast!|
|Horse and penguins keeping their distance.|
|A large population of Patagonian Foxes now live on Weddell|
|Many foxes survive by eating Diddle-Dee berries.|
|Fox on the beach. Penguin chicks beware.|
But the skilful pilot found a gap in the clouds and came down to almost sea level for his approach. Within minutes were flying through the thick fog, until we burst into the sunlight at about 5,000 feet.
|Stanley, with jiggers in the harbour, and the new static caravan park in the foreground. Our house is near the red roof!|
So, once again, thank you for your kind thoughts; and thanks to the medical skills in Stanley and Oxford. And not forgetting my brother and his wife, who put up with me for two months. It couldn't have been easy. And, of course, my wife, who had to cope without me. :-) I'm a lucky man.
PS - The Harvest Festival and Shrove Tuesday are this week!