They’re not cannons….


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.

9 thoughts on “They’re not cannons….

  1. will i post you my 2000 golf diesel I wud love to buy a stamp for two thousand!!!!☺

    On Tue, Feb 23, 2016 at 9:41 PM, pengoing south wrote:

    > Bailey posted: “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” >

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    • Thanks Gill but I’m not sure a Golf would get on too well on the road to Mount Pleasant – the gravel and potholes make short work of 4x4s and I’m not sure we’d find the spares locally 🙂 I think it’s the Navy that ship the cars down so no need for a stamp. Postage is another oddity here, but that’s a story for another blog update.

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  2. Watched a programme on Vietnam and how they move Logs of Cane about. In it, the vehicle of choice was made up of various components including an old motor imported from China !!!! It was a beast of a thing but served its purpose well. There, they are dealing with mudslides and monsoons but what struck me was their amazing ingenuity when dealing with their environment. Xxxx

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    • Indeed, and it’s a Falkland Islander trait that engines, cars and all things mechanical can be fixed by almost anyone here out of necessity – you either learn to fix it or…well, that was the only option here so many people have all kinds of mechanical genius. Sadly, I’m not one of them and have neither the time nor the tools to get creative. Instead, we’ll keep plugging away at the second hand car market and see what we come up with for our next adventures.

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  3. Touché Bailey really love the update blog and stories attached X
    However please stay away from the Motorbikes if at all possible as a means of transport sounds feasible but too dangerous .::
    Is it actually possible to buy a car and ship it to you from the UK ?

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    • Thanks Puddy. It’s fine though, plenty of people find motorbikes here the best way to get around off road and they are extremely fun. Plus, if you get a license here you can get whatever bike you want in the UK too!
      It is possible to ship cars down, as many people do, but it adds £2000 or so to the cost (though you’d make that back on selling the car) and it takes several months usually. Living on a remote island has its drawbacks, but many advantages too.

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    • Thanks Avril, I didn’t realise it had been so long! We’ve had a couple of busy weekends socially (read between the lines there, nights out aplenty). There was a charming converted Land Rover Defender Ambulance turned into a camper van on the West that we were tempted by but I think we missed the boat. I’ve been voting for getting two motorbikes as even the kids ride them here but that might have to wait. We’ve borrowed one for getting about town for now but we can’t really go slamming that about off road. It shouldn’t be that big a deal, getting a car, but the nature of this place makes it so.

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