Happy Monday


A short distance from Stanley, about ten minutes’ drive to the East, is a small peninsular containing several beaches, one of which is the popular Gypsy Cove.

Gypsy Cove

Gypsy Cove

Like many beaches here, there are some that you can access, some that are landmined and some that require a short climb. It has become something of a Sunday tradition that a trip there for a short walk along the path, up to the WWII gun and down into the long grass. It’s a truly stunning place, with golden beaches and deceptively blue water (so inviting, yet really so very cold) and I’m extremely happy that this on our doorstep. As the weather improves and the temperatures rise, I’d heard that each day has seen an increase in the penguin numbers returning to the Islands. Today found us out at Gypsy Cove on a Monday (as it’s a Bank Holiday), partaking in our first truly up close penguin experience (the colony at Gypsy Cove is the Magellanic, one of 5 species here).

Not a bad place to be

Not a bad place to be

A Magellanic, funny little things.

A Magellanic, funny little things.

Alongside the penguins scattered across the area tending to their burrows, the long grass also held a pair of seals and some very close-flying Turkey Vultures (we later found the dead rabbit that must have attracted them). The way that the wildlife here is just where you are walking makes you pretty nervous wandering around, as you never know what you’re going to disturb and it can be hard to spot things in the grasses here. All of this makes me feel very privileged to be able to live life here, with these experiences and to have this opportunity at this point in our lives. A busy week next week, heading on a boat trip to Kidney Island to see the nesting birds there and, of course, the Gov’s reception. Han arrives in two weeks and I can’t wait to experience this stuff with her here too. It’s going to be an unforgettable 2 years.

Sleeping seals, stumbled upon.

Sleeping seals, stumbled upon.

Turkey Vulture - very common sight around Stanley, but I still love to see them flying and they're not scared to fly feet from you.

Turkey Vulture – very common sight around Stanley, but I still love to see them flying and they’re not scared to fly feet from you.

9 thoughts on “Happy Monday

    • Thanks Jimmy! I’m very much enjoying it, thanks! It’s highly worth a visit if you ever get the opportunity to go, but it is understandable that many people don’t as it is both expensive and tricky to get to. Part of what adds to the charm I guess!
      I hope the Mighty 8W are getting on well?

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  1. Delighted to read your news David. So pleased you are able to get out and expolore. Dad has taken your news to Noreen today. I hope it doesn’t make her too homesick.
    Have fun with the new vehicle but take care.
    God Bless.xxxxMums

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    • Cheers Ma, it makes a big difference; yesterday after work I drove across to one of the beaches, went for a walk there then went back to Gypsy Cove to see the penguins again then drove around town, all because I could after work and still get home in time for dinner. I can’t wait for the weekends now, see what else I can get up to.

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    • Its a real learning curve for you and a real adventure. I was talking to a colleague about you and he said possibly you will have to compromise with the teachiung aspect since it is an entirely different culture. He was very interested.in your situation (a 72 yr old who accompanies me when I guide at the church – we have to be in pairs).
      I think it is so sensible that families all take lunch together; I am sure it makes a tremendous difference to children and young people.
      I have been able to copy your pictures also which are very interesting. The sand looks a really lovely light colour.
      Hannah B will undertake her half marathkon on Sunday and we hope to go to London sto watch its a big event at Hyde Park.
      Do try to get a close up of the turkey vulcher when you have the time.
      Jason has just phoned to say he is going to collect your car from Salisbury. I will sign off here.
      Love Mumsxxxxxxxxxx

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      • It is a big learning curve, yes. I think those who are struggling here are those not as ready to adapt and change their mentalities, you can’t keep a UK mind here as it is very different as it HAS to be. The teaching is going fine really, the UK system is stuck to so that’s OK.
        I think there’s a lot here that shapes the children into well-rounded people, the freedom they have is unbelievable as it is so safe, and you notice when you talk to them.
        I’ll try to put more pictures up, and on Facebook too, but the internet allowance does limit that. I’ll try and keep watch for a turkey vulture. Glad to hear the Skoda is getting sorted, I’ve still got insurance on it so I’ll call Jase soon and sort that out. It’s going to be odd going back to little UK cars one day. Even seeing a car that isn’t a 4×4 here is a bit of a novelty.

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  2. Hi Bailey
    All look fab. Love reading the news and seeing the Penguins was wonderful.
    It will be an amazing 2years.
    Enjoy it all.
    Love
    Viv x

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    • Thanks Viv! It is shaping up to be quite an experience, hopefully with a lot more to come! I’ll keep you posted on how the week pans out as there’s a lot going on. Exciting times!

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