£27,562 average salary in Stanley!

A recent census shows that the population of the Falkland Islands is growing.

The average age is 38.5 years. We are living in a young country where the youngsters are mainly very well educated. Young people leave the island for secondary school and go to the UK where they board. That and their tertiary education is funded by the FI government. Most will return to the islands.

People from different countries are needed to keep the country going – they have employment shortages and have to bring people from overseas. In a country where many people are related, its probably good for the gene pool too.

No joke here, thats what a local recently told me, and he’s dating someone new to the islands.

So far I’ve met people from St Helena, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Philippines, Chile, Argentina (yes really – a racing driver who few over on his private jet with a film crew).

People here refer to Stanley and Camp. Camp is everything outside of Stanley so its the farming areas. I will be going on Camp next week.


Less than 26 hours to go to commence my journey to the FI. My fitness plans astray after the various hotel stays associated with my work in January will resume as soon as I arrive. A hectic weekend of packing followed by two days revising my packed choices and I still have 5 kilos over the allowed 54! Deeply indebted to Sonya for her help over the past few weeks. My current displacement activity is to check out the FI webcam. No movement on the jetty for several weeks until today. Boat loads of tourists who are probably on their way to South Georgia and Antarctica are milling around in the sunshine. If I get too isolated I may well join them.


One boats already left the jetty – they don’t spend long.


34 years ago I first heard about ….

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34 years ago the Falkland Islands became a daily part of my early working life.  It seemed very far away but I remember feeling scared for the people living there. In May, I saw Minefield  at the Royal Court theatre. The play gave me some indication of the experiences of that time.

Fast forward 34 years and I am now preparing to travel to  the islands. There’s lots to do to get ready and I am starting to feel a mix of excitement and the odd tinge of anxiety.

Mostly I feel excited and look forward to seeing the wildlife, the scenery, the crafts and meeting people. So far everyone’s been very friendly and helpful. Now I need to get my planning and packing sorted so I make the best use of my time there.

At the time of writing there is a 3 hour time difference between the UK and Stanley so no reason for us to lose contact. Current time in Stanley

5 species of penguins

Looking forward to seeing some of these little chaps whilst on the islands. I’ll be posting some sightings. You may end up with penguin fatigue if the 2500 photos from Antarctica, taken in only 10 days, is anything to go by.  Really looking forward to learning more about Falklands Conservation.
Falklands Conservation

A number of islands make up the Falklands and here’s a video of one I hope to visit.

Bleaker Island


Time to craft is, for me, an amazing gift


I love fabric, texture and sheer pleasure of making something for another person to enjoy. So far my crafting has focused on patchwork and working with a wonderful woman who uses a Long Arm quilting machine turning my patchwork into beautiful quilts. Being bashful about crafting isn’t sensible and I know my quilts won’t please people who like the sludgy colours. I love vibrant colour and being able to mix a palette of colours feels like magic to me. On this page I will post some of my completed projects. On the blog page I will post information about projects as I work on them. I will share some of the problems I encounter. I will also ask for opinions there or on my Facebook page. Thank you for reading this far.


I love paper, all forms, books, pictures, magazines, notebooks and writing paper. there are so many wonderful crafts I could learn here but for now I will restrict myself to collages – there is a drop down page on collages here.


The Falklands has some of the best wool in the world. Looking forward to some new projects which I will blog about so check out the blog page here.

Falkland wool growers

Spinners and Weavers Guild


“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”
—George Orwell

Well, whatever the demons  its time they were exorcised. On this page I’ll occasionally blog about my experiences of trying to write my first novel.

Following long conversations with my wonderful coach I was set the task of writing for one hour every day.  I succeeded some, but not all, of the days since. Its a discipline and, much like the gym, once I’ve started I don’t want to stop. The very next day I can think of a million things I’d rather do and create any number of hurdles to keep me away from my desk. Luckily I have enough demons to drive me on. Looking forward to seeing how my characters take shape. All support and encouragement will be most welcome.

Society of Authors