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The Falkland Islands - Camp & Stanley: S. America - Part 16

The Falkland Islands are unique - and all the more memorable for that. No native trees, lots of rock and certainly plenty of wind, it was an awesome place and easily rated as one of the best highlights of our entire 66 day cruise! No, we wouldn't want to live there, but we were glad we had the opportunity to visit the Falklands - and not just once, either . . these islands ended the second cruise and started the third, and we looked forward to the return visit just as much as we did the first one.

[These photos are from the first visit - the second one comes later, in part 23....] CLICK ON EACH PICTURE TO ENLARGE - OR USE THE SLIDESHOW OPTION! (Upper right on your screen.)
Approaching the Falkland Islands 4/2/07
Approaching the Falkland Islands 4/2/07
Ship's tender, heading for Port Stanley
Ship's tender, heading for Port Stanley
Visotors' Centre at the public jetty in Stanley
Visotors' Centre at the public jetty in Stanley
Quick glimpse of Port Stanley (pop.2000)
Quick glimpse of Port Stanley (pop.2000)
Falkland Islands Community School
Falkland Islands Community School
Telecommunications dish on outskirts of Stanley
Telecommunications dish on outskirts of Stanley
Very typical Falkland Island topography
Very typical Falkland Island topography
the Camp as they call open countryside
"the Camp" as they call open countryside
Unique rock runs on Falkland landscape
Unique "rock runs" on Falkland landscape
Here's where you can really get away from it all
Here's where you can really get away from it all
A closer look at those strange rock runs
A closer look at those strange "rock runs"
Our tour bus in the Falklands camp (outback)
Our tour bus in the Falklands camp (outback)
All country here is open country - nowhere to hide
All country here is open country - nowhere to hide
A pile of Falklands fuel -  well cut peat
A pile of Falklands fuel - well cut peat
A master peat cutter demonstrates his craft
A master peat cutter demonstrates his craft
Bob shows how its done - its not that easy!
Bob shows how its done - its not that easy!
Low growing vegetation of all kinds here
Low growing vegetation of all kinds here
Long Island Farm, which we came to visit
Long Island Farm, which we came to visit
A nice old working dog, but a family friend, too
A nice old working dog, but a family friend, too
Wildflowers here are small and low growing
Wildflowers here are small and low growing
Sheep are the mainstay of the Falklands economy
Sheep are the mainstay of the Falklands economy
Windswept Long Island Farm - a cosy home
Windswept Long Island Farm - a cosy home
Peat burning stove provides all the heat needed
Peat burning stove provides all the heat needed
Sheep shearing shed on Long Island farm
Sheep shearing shed on Long Island farm
Cluster of shorn and not-yet-shorn sheep
Cluster of shorn and not-yet-shorn sheep
Wind sheltered gardens are the only kind that survive
Wind sheltered gardens are the only kind that survive
The farmhouse garden is a revelation
The farmhouse garden is a revelation
Our hostess, Glenda Watson - a most capable woman
Our hostess, Glenda Watson - a most capable woman
Neil Watson prepares to gear his horse
Neil Watson prepares to gear his horse
An interesting and informative demonstration
An interesting and informative demonstration
Neil Watson, former jockey, on his fully geared horse
Neil Watson, former jockey, on his fully geared horse
Long Island Farm house sheltered by windswept trees
Long Island Farm house sheltered by windswept trees
The shoreline near the farm at Long Island
The shoreline near the farm at Long Island
Strangely beautiful, wide open Falklands landscape
Strangely beautiful, wide open Falklands landscape
Another Falkland Islands farm out in camp,
Another Falkland Islands farm out in camp,
Geography unique to the Falkland Islands
Geography unique to the Falkland Islands
Remains of a downed Argentinean helicopter
Remains of a downed Argentinean helicopter
A closer look at that helicopter - memories of 1982
A closer look at that helicopter - memories of 1982
Precious few places to hide in this windswept land
Precious few places to hide in this windswept land
Falkland's favourite transportation outside a typical home
Falkland's favourite transportation outside a typical home
Vegetable gardens in the town of Fort Stanley
Vegetable gardens in the town of Fort Stanley
Housing styles in the centre of Stanley
Housing styles in the centre of Stanley
Sharon, our guide for our first Falkland's visit
Sharon, our guide for our first Falkland's visit
The town of Stanley, as seen from the ship's tender
The town of Stanley, as seen from the ship's tender
A Victorian terrace, heritage buildings in Stanley
A Victorian terrace, heritage buildings in Stanley
We see more of Stanley on a town walking tour
We see more of Stanley on a town walking tour
Clean and tidy houses line the streets of Stanley
Clean and tidy houses line the streets of Stanley
A comfortable family home in Stanley
A comfortable family home in Stanley
Christchurch Cathedral, the world's most southerly
Christchurch Cathedral, the world's most southerly
Christchurch Anglican Cathedral in Fort Stanley
Christchurch Anglican Cathedral in Fort Stanley
The church was consecrated in 1892
The church was consecrated in 1892
One of several lovely stained glass windows in the church
One of several lovely stained glass windows in the church
Hand worked kneelers, no two the same
Hand worked kneelers, no two the same
All the church's furnishings came from England, of course
All the church's furnishings came from England, of course
The handsome cathedral in Fort Stanley
The handsome cathedral in Fort Stanley
The famous whale bone arch at the Cathedral
The famous whale bone arch at the Cathedral
Another of Stanley's interesting houses
Another of Stanley's interesting houses
Mizzen mast of the SS Great Britain on Victory Green
Mizzen mast of the SS Great Britain on Victory Green
New and modern library, post office, bank - etc.
New and modern library, post office, bank - etc.
The charming Roman Catholic  church in Stanley
The charming Roman Catholic church in Stanley
Another heritage building, Stanley's council rooms
Another heritage building, Stanley's council rooms
Self Explanatory . . sign with Falklands coat of arms
Self Explanatory . . sign with Falklands coat of arms
Monument to the Falkland Island's war heros of 1982
Monument to the Falkland Island's war heros of 1982
A closer look at the monument's centre piece
A closer look at the monument's centre piece
Everyone feels the debt of gratitude to the fallen defenders
Everyone feels the debt of gratitude to the fallen defenders
Government House, home of the Falkland's Governor
Government House, home of the Falkland's Governor
Self explanatory - sign on Government House wall
Self explanatory - sign on Government House wall
Well kept gardens at Stanley's Government House
Well kept gardens at Stanley's Government House
Wind is a constant feature of life in the Falkland Islands
Wind is a constant feature of life in the Falkland Islands
Water fowl in the calm harbour waters at Stanley
Water fowl in the calm harbour waters at Stanley
Some call this the Explorers' monument - to those who first found the Falkland Islands
Some call this the Explorers' monument - to those who first found the Falkland Islands
On top of the monument, the good ship Desire
On top of the monument, the good ship Desire
Self sufficiency is reflected in the gardens of the islanders.
Self sufficiency is reflected in the gardens of the islanders.
The wreck of the 1849 British barque Jhelum is a landmark.
The wreck of the 1849 British barque Jhelum is a landmark.
Gardens triumph in the Falklands harsh climate
Gardens triumph in the Falklands harsh climate
Large and small, Stanley's houses stand the test of time
Large and small, Stanley's houses stand the test of time
Displays in the delightfull little Britannia House Museum
Displays in the delightfull little Britannia House Museum
Domestic displays in Britannia House Museum
Domestic displays in Britannia House Museum
A vintage interior in the Britannia House Museum
A vintage interior in the Britannia House Museum
Everyone enjoyed the Museum's many displays
Everyone enjoyed the Museum's many displays
A shop's interior from yesteryear, in the Museum
A shop's interior from yesteryear, in the Museum
Water fowl on a rock near the harbour's shore
Water fowl on a rock near the harbour's shore
Our informative guides during the walking tour of Stanley
Our informative guides during the walking tour of Stanley
Our tender waits to return us to Minerva II
Our tender waits to return us to Minerva II