(Re)collecting moments

In 2015, when we made the decision to move the Falkland Islands, we knew this would mark some change in our lives. Like any significant relocation, deciding to uproot and transport ourselves to another country (albeit an English-speaking one) was likely to have some consequences and many (but by no means all) of those have been mentioned throughout the last 4 years’ worth of blog posts. Still, I think neither of us could quite have expected the extent to which this place would affect our lives. At various times, we have seen these islands affect our personalities, our hobbies/interests, our relationship (now marriage), our financial/career prospects and, I suspect, our future too.

Among the strange experiences that the islands have thrown up there’s been a few odd highlights. To name a few, there’s  been:

  • Walking in the minefield (with guidance, don’t worry)
  • Picking-up a young albatross and two types of penguins
  • Being attacked by a globally endangered bird of prey (Striated Caracaras)
  • Having King penguins swim around my feet
  • Driving our car to the top of a battlefield hill
  • Eating eggs from birds we hadn’t thought we ever would (namely: an upland goose and a Gentoo penguin)
  • Wandering among harems of 3-4 tonne elephant seals
  • Running from wild sea lions
  • Finding whale ribs taller than me (and I’m 6’5″)
  • Firing bullets left over from a War
  • Flying a plane
  • Whale-watching in our lunchtime
  • Climbing a lighthouse
  • Scrambling on 19th century shipwrecks
  • Owning (and walking) a pet sheep
  • Han creating a shawl from said sheep
  • Recording a history piece for the national TV station (watch this space)
  • Swimming with wild dolphins
  • Getting stranded on islands

and the list goes on and on. None of the above should be all that surprising to regular followers of Pengoing South but it helps us to remind ourselves sometimes of what a time we’ve had here. Similarly, regulars will know that I spent the Summer just gone working on the unforgettable Sea Lion Island. The reason I bring this up at this point is that last week I had another unpredictable thing occur: I was unexpectedly credited in a Belgian Porsche magazine.

Allow me to explain: while I was working on Sea Lion Island I had the pleasure of meeting and guiding guests from all over the World and from all walks of life. We saw tour guides, photographers, reporters, TV crews, researchers, biologists, military servicemen/women…you get the drift. Inevitably, I built up some great relationships with some of the most memorable guests and two of my favourites (I’m probably not supposed to have favourites, but you know…) were the fascinating and charming couple Sven and Kathleen. They have the highly-enviable job of traveling the World seeking out obscure locations of Porsches and writing about their adventures as they go. Yes, I did ask them, but I’m still not 100% sure how to go about getting this dreamy employment. Anyway, they managed to find a Porsche here in the Falklands and so they came a-hunting. Their Island issue is now out and available at the Porschist website HERE.

It is well worth a read for both the accurate descriptions and the stunning photography. It does a great job of capturing that inexplicable something that those of us who have been here find so hard to communicate to the curious. It’s also always interesting for Han and I to hear the views that other people have about our home. It’s certainly not for everyone, but we have this place to thank for a lot and we look forward to seeing what other memories the future will hold for us here.

Speaking of which, we’ve decided to stay for (yet) another year and we’ll have yet another reason to remember our time here:penguin egg

16 thoughts on “(Re)collecting moments

  1. Congratulations to you both, great news. Another very interesting blog and the photos in the Porche publication are fantastic. You’ve no doubt heard of Simon’s news of the arrival of baby Emily Mai Page. Your blog reminds us of one that Hilary did whilst we were in France for 5 years, not as regular as yours, but enjoyable to put together and reflect on. Another year will take you to the same as us. We returned because of grandchildren, as grandparents it was a very strong pull. No doubt you will experience something similar but through the other end of the telescope. Fantastic times ahead with a new arrival in your family. Geoff & Hilary


    • Thank you Geoff and Hilary! We’re very excited and we did hear about Emily Mai – a great story, albeit a close one. I don’t envy Si on that front and I’ll be trying to avoid that! I hope Sian got time to finish her baking…
      I didn’t know you’d been blogging too, Si didn’t mention that! What’s the address?
      We are aware and conscious of the grandchild/grandparent dynamic and we don’t know how long we’ll be here as a result, but after having 11 of her own, perhaps my Mum is sick of children already 🙂
      Thanks again.


  2. Oh wow. what an amazing experience you both have had, most of which I would love to do (getting stranded is not one of them oh and being attacked by a bird of prey).

    Congratulations to you both on Baby Bailey,

    I look forward to your next blog x


    • Thanks Anne, that was just a short list off the top of our heads. The getting stranded bits were great – don’t you recall the New Island posts? And caracaras are more mischievous than anything, though they can be a bit worrying.
      I suspect other commitments will soon see the blog wind down a bit but we’ll see what I can keep up.


  3. Oh my goodness, that is an update I didn’t see coming!!! Congratulations! I am a mother of four children between the ages of 2 and 12. You are both about to fall in love all over again like you’ve never known it, with each other and your beautiful baby. Some fall in love at first sight, some fall in love piece by piece, nonetheless fall in love you will! I’ve been following this blog for such a long time, I actually feel a little proud and just a little bit teary! Oh, and for future reference… if I can offer any wisdom at all – if in doubt, get the boobie out (or bottle, either way)!


    • Thank you Rhondda, a different type of adventure next, I guess.
      Do you mind me asking what brings you to the blog/how you found it? It’s quite an obscure one to follow.


    • Google! I found you through google. Some time ago I actually had a rough pregnancy and was on bed rest a lot and I decided to look at remote communities around the world as something to pass the time. I stumbled across your blog and have followed your adventures ever since. I’m not particularly interested in the self obsessed world of fashion, selfies instagram type stuff and your blog was so refreshing I scrolled back through and read from the beginning and signed up for updates! You are a lovely couple, an excellent writer and here I am. I am from Brisbane, Australia and I have thoroughly enjoyed your adventure and I appreciate the time and effort you’ve put in to journalling it all! I was a late bloomer and didn’t have my first baby until I was 31. I certainly appreciate the daunting but exciting new phase of life this will bring for you both.


      • Fair enough. I was just curious; as I said, we know it’s quite an obscure blog to find (somewhat deliberately) so we don’t often get people we don’t know logging on. Thanks for following and for your kind words, we’re glad it’s been keeping you entertained for however long.
        Perhaps things are different in Aus but we wouldn’t consider 31 being a late bloomer (we’re both older than that, so I hope not).
        If you were searching remote communities across the World because you were thinking of moving to one then we’d say go for it. You only get one life (unless you’re a Buddhist?) and it’s worked out well for us.


        • I still find google/internet a big novelty and amazing invention and had laugh when you said about thinking of moving to a remote community because you were spot on! I’m sorry if I gave you a fright just popping up out of the blue! I just wanted to say thanks again for the effort you put into your blog! What wonderful journal to pass on to baby Bailey. I’m sorry for the late bloomer comment, it seems where I am from I am. Having said that I wouldn’t have it any other way! Your bub is already blessed to have you as parents. At risk of sounding like a ‘know-it-all’ which I am absolutely not, your news got me thinking about things I wish someone had told me when I was where you are now. I guess it’s all I can do to demonstrate my gratitude for the joy your sharing your adventures has brought me… When times get intense remember ‘this too will pass’. In the blink of an eye usually when compared to a lifespan! And Han, if you’re feeling queasy, try not to let your tummy get empty, try your hardest to eat something before you get hungry. If you are past that point it can help to look right up to the ceiling and take 3 really deep breaths before putting your head back down. There, I’m done with the unsolicited advice! Again, I’m sorry for surprising you like that! Now I’m off to show my children some pictures from the Posche article!


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