Apologies for the lack of update of late; we have been severely hampered in our adventuring by the lack of car. The Hilux is well and truly dead, thanks to a snapped chassis and some damage to the engine (somehow). This presents more of a problem than you’d think. Bearing in mind Stanley only has about 2500 residents, you’d have thought that everything would be very accessible but a short look at Stanley on Google Earth (or other tax=paying satellite spy software) will show you that every house is detached with a garden, strung out along the stunning Stanley Harbour, so we’re 35-40 minutes’ walk from the School, 20 minutes’ walk from the centre of town and at least 30-40 minutes’ walk to the beaches and penguins of the surrounding areas. Beyond that, the enticements of Camp that you’ve seen so many photos of are thoroughly out of reach so our lack of car becomes incredibly constricting. I felt this when I first arrived and splashed out on a mountain bike just to get out and about (largely un-used though that might not be a bad thing as I heard tale of some people having to over-night unprepared in a small shed they found after getting lost out in Camp recently). Still, the search for the car continues (to put things in perspective, a 2000 Pajero with 175,000 miles on the clock fetched £2500 recently). We should have shipped one down…
Aside from that, we said goodbye to our good friends Emma and Marek last week (who are now privvy to the Pengoing South link – hi guys! We miss you but our livers don’t). They had left their visit to the surprisingly excellent Stanley Museum (photo-guide to come) until their penultimate day but we popped in there and spoke to the staff about our initial visit to the cannons I found. They had returned to identify them and confirmed that they weren’t cannons after all (so my kickass coffee table is back on the menu but far less cool as a concept now). On the plus side, they weren’t sure themselves at first so I didn’t make too much fun out of me for being a history teacher and incorrectly identifying cannons. The search for beach treasure continues!
Han has been due to update on her trip to Saunders Island and the famous ‘Neck’ with her new zoom lens, but those that know Han won’t have been holding their breath for photos. In her defence, a sneaky Windows 10 update on my laptop stole a significant percentage of our internet tokens so it might wait until next month. Still, it is in the pipeline. It’s half term next week (thankfully!!!) so we’ll be tagging along on as many adventures as we can so please don’t disappear off the scene just yet; blogs are coming!
Until then, we hope the Northern hemisphere Winter finds you all well and we’ll keep you posted on our adventures as they continue.