Welcome to this occasional look at life in the Falkland Islands, from the point of view of someone who moved here 3 years ago from the UK.......
|Huge luxury yachts visit Stanley|
|Small cruise ship doing handbrake turn through the Narrows|
But, usually, most people are happy to walk for 3 hours and soak up the Falklands experience for the day.
|Jiggers in the harbour|
|Memorial to scientists who died in Antarctica.|
Recently, a party of (mainly) retired scientists from the British Antarctic Survey raised a memorial to 28 of their colleagues who left Stanley for Antarctica, and never returned. The most recent to lose their life was Kirsty Brown, who was killed by a leopard seal in 2003. It is a stunning, and moving, memorial, and it is the southern part of an installation - the northern part being at the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge.
|Winner and 2nd place in the pot plant category. Well done (and thanks to Edmonde).|
|The long straight of Ross Road|
|My shoes, powered by a Zimbabwean de-miner, running up a steep hill|
|Tim Drew about to take 7 minutes off the course record|
There were also about 17 Argentine runners, some of whom fly over every year in an attempt to steal the glory and the headlines in Buenos Aires. However, I doubt the local conditions can be found in Argentina to allow them to train for this event.
As there is only one flight per week, we've had the unusual sight of these runners jogging around Stanley, killing time till their flight tomorrow, back to the South American mainland.
Hopefully, I can report on how she got on next time. We are hoping to explore the Chilean Lake District. We don't see much of Chile on the BBC News, but in the last month, I've watched the reports of huge floods in the Atacama desert, forest fires around Valparaiso, and an erupting volcano in Pucon, where we will be staying.....!!
Never a dull moment! And, if you are interested in seeing more of life in the Falklands, there's a new series starting tonight of the BBC2 "Island Parish" ! I'm not sure if it will be available online or broadcast in other countries, but worth looking out for, I hear.