The snow that fell in June had long gone. But, in late August, subsequent short snow showers had again carpeted the capital, Stanley, in a white blanket. This made it seem like a long winter, so my wife and I decided to escape to a remote island. Luckily, there is no shortage in the archipelago, but we chose Pebble, again.
|Snow squall approaching Gypsy Cove|
|High tide prevented landing here|
|The Nest - snug|
|Too early? A sign of Spring?|
|Any ideas, please?|
|Looking west to the hills.|
The next day, the squalls disappeared, and, after a leisurely breakfast of scrambled eggs, we set out to see the swans again, and walk the long, long beach.
|Pebble Island Lodge. Upland Geese on frozen pond|
|Near the end of the 4-mile beach. Settlement on the horizon.|
|4 miles back to the Nest|
|Frozen blade of grass|
|Low tide on the runway!|
|Looking east along the semi-circular beach|
|Cemetery amongst the gorse bushes.|
|Sunset, with Upland Geese|
|The old school looks out to sea.|
|A friendly Jack Russell terrier.|
Now, in September, it is light from 7.30am to 6.30pm and getting lighter every day. Hardy flowers are starting to appear in gardens, and reports are coming in of Elephant Seals wallowing ashore to breed on Sea Lion Island - a sure sign that Spring is here!
With any luck, we should be on Sea Lion in November, enjoying the wildlife and hospitality. If it is as good as that on Pebble, we are in for a treat!