Monday, April 1, 2013

Clueing up the season and mail from Spain

A beautiful day, sun and 18 degrees.  So here I am again.  I have decided to try and update my blog regularly again because I have had quite a few people contact me.
The season is all but over here.  Today Christopher and Ali (Ali is our hired hand and is here for about a month while Shaun is in Stanley stevedoring). took 108 ewes and 75 lambs down to Barren Island on Theo.  They left here (Speedwell) with the first load at 6am and were back at 10am.  They then had an early lunch and set out with the second load. Here they are able to run the sheep down the jetty and down a ramp onto Theo but at Barren they have to unload them onto the dinghy and take them ashore.  The dinghy holds about 15 at a time and Theo can carry 100 fully grown sheep comfortably so today she was quite lightly loaded because of the mixed load.  They got back from the second trip at 4pm.  It was the perfect day for moving sheep with only a light breeze.  This pretty much concludes the season for us.  All our camps have been gathered, the sheep have been counted and the stock is now set for the winter.  This year we have decided to put 100  lambs that were too small for the abattoir on Barren Island.  We normally run just 300 ewes on Barren because it has extensive erosion on it but the ewes are getting obese and then we have problems with them dieing from exhaustion every time we have to bring them in for lamb marking or shearing.  The decision was taken this year to increase the stock because the ewes despite having a near 100% lambing were still obese when they arrived at the abattoir.  This meant that we didn't achieve optimum price for them as the price goes down again once they pass fat class 3.  We have had as many as 350 ewes on the island before so it should have no problem coping with the extra lambs.
Theo with sheep on board late last year.
Last week I received a letter from Spain.  It started of by saying how this person (Jose) had started reading my blog and had seen how excited I was when I got my first follower.  Jose thought that if I found that exciting then how exciting would it be to get a letter.  He was right. We were all in Stanley, me, Christopher, Shaun and Tanya.  I came in from shopping and Shaun said to Christopher have you gave mum her letter.  Christopher said no he hadn't but that I had a letter from Spain. So it was all very exciting as everyone waited for me to open my letter and then read it out loud.  Thank you Jose it was nice to get your letter in the post.  I am not a letter writer, I find it hard enough to keep up my blog but it was very interesting to read about our similarities.  Gull egg omelette's were not that unheard of in the Falklands in the past either.  I am not sure if you are still allowed to collect gull eggs here or not.


  1. Jacques Shepperson here from South Africa. I am a firm supporter of the Falklands and hope the world would respect your referendum vote. If I had a chance I would love to move to the Falklands, there is unity and respect among the people of the Falklands. Here in South Africa we might have it easy going to big shopping centres to buy what we need/want… yet we have to live with stupid levels of violent crime, resulting in living in fear. Racism seems to be still a problem… and it’s not one sided.
    Is there still the odd farm for sale in the Falklands? Has anyone tried some grain farming like weat?
    Blessing to the Falklands and it people.

    1. Hi Jacques,
      Thank you for your kind words and for your support to the Falklands and the Falkland Islanders.
      We are very lucky to live in a country with very low crime levels. I think we are a tolerant society and in the main we believe in live and let live.
      We do have the occassional farm come up for sale here but they are not readily available.
      I don't believe that anyone has tried farming wheat. My husband believes that the season would be too unpredictable to be successful. He believes that maybe winter wheat may be successful as a fodder crop.
      Kind Regards

  2. Hi, I see fodder rooms are a new and good animal feeding system.
    They use barley with great results.

  3. Hello Lindsey.
    I am José from Spain. I'm glad that you liked to receive the letter that I sent you.
    I'll keep knowing how things go in the Falklands by stepping from time to time in your blog.
    Best wishes.
    J. L.


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