It feels odd to be blogging about blogging, but bear with me as I’m going somewhere with this. It’s no secret that this blog is Han and mine’s first foray into this lark and I never even thought I’d be narcissistic enough to write about our lives. I’ve been enjoying it so far but there is something strange going on as time goes by. The blog posts are getting fewer and further between and I’m slowly forgetting what might be of interest to our friends and family (if ever I knew to begin with). This got me thinking about the nature of what this blog means to us and to the people of the Falklands. We last lived in a sleepy village in Essex and not once did I consider our life there to be anything out of the ordinary, certainly not noteworthy enough for a website! Here in the Falkland Islands on first arrival I recognised that this is somewhere a little different. The thing is, as time has gone by, things that I never considered would do have started to become, dare I say it, ‘normal’. Looking back, my attitude to some things has definitely changed, my captions to photos might alter to some extent:
Now I don’t wish to play down life here, it’s by no means boring. I do, however, find myself becoming more and more used to some of the novelties of things like needing to drive in the low range gearbox, nipping down the road to get a penguin fix, snacking on teaberries and scurvy grass while wandering somewhere or passing shipwrecks here and there. Similarly, we never thought we’d ever have our own sheep and now it’s perfectly normal to pull up into the drive and hear Milo greet us with a “MAAA” muffled by a mouth full of grass (fat sheep!). I’ve no doubt that there will be a time when I will miss this stuff immensely, but for now it’s starting to feel somewhere uncomfortably near to usual. It’s beginning to feel as if I’m blogging about our normal life and the normal lives of everyone we know here, which is odd! Do you, reading this, blog about your daily life and the daily lives of the people in your towns? Is it possible that I’m going native and no longer seeing our new home as out of the ordinary? If so, what will we have to blog about? The cold is closing in and the gravel roads are worsening so we’ll certainly have less to talk about, but we’ll try and keep you all updated. Just don’t be surprised if it drops off a little: it’s just our lives, after all.