|From 50' North 6' West
to 52' South 60' West
Flying from Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, by RAF on a Tristar the 18 hour
flight took us via Ascension for a one and a half hour fuel stop.
On arrival at Mount Pleasant Airport we had a lecture on the mines left
during the war in 1982; on the bus ride to Stanley we passed numerous fenced
off areas warning of minefields.
|The Falkland Islands lie in the South Atlantic Ocean, 7,800 miles from
Scilly and 600 miles from the Antarctic. Home to spectacular wildlife
including penguins, elephant seals and sea lions. With a population
similar to Scilly an opportunity to come to these islands seemed too good
to miss so I took a change of scenery from Juliet's Garden to Pebble Island
Mindblowing and spectacular are the thoughts that come to mind of our
first few hours in the Falklands. Stanley, the capital, is a very
colourful place with all the red, yellow, blue and green painted corrugated
roofs. Giant Petrels glide over the harbour while the upland Geese
and Meadowlarks (with their scarlet red breasts) populate the grassy fields.
Reminders of the war are still very evident.
The f light to Pebble Island in the 8 seater FIGAS Islander Plane (Falkland
Islands Government Air Service) took about an hour. We had to land
at the tiny settlement of Hill Cove to drop off the vet who was about to
castrate a horse!! We could imagine we were flying over Scilly in the Skybus
plane but for the fact of the vastness of these islands - miles and miles
of wilderness with sheep roaming and the odd house here and there.
The views are breathtaking!
Pebble is to be our home for the next 5 months. An island 25
miles long with freshwater ponds, mountains, marshland and a fantastic
4 mile white sanded beach. Apart from the hotel there are only 4
other people on the island along with horses, cows, pigs, penguins and
Watch this space as the penguin hunt starts and we cross a time zone
Hello to everyone we know on Scilly - Merry Christmas and Happy New
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