Come Dine with Us- South Georgia

The third meal in the Falkland Lamb “Come Dine with me” competition is underway. This time it is a spicy lamb curry cooked slowly by Richy. He left the meat to marinade overnight and so we are expecting great things. So far the Lamb meals have been:

1) James and Clare (using two hind legs)
Starter: White Russian Cocktails
Main Course: Roast Lamb and seasonal vegetables
Desert: Chocolate mouse

2) Cliggys watch (using the neck and cutlets from back)
Starter: pisco sours and olives
Main Course: Moroccan Lamb and Cous Cous with roast vegetables
Desert: Rhubarb Cheesecake

3) Nicks watch (using the forelegs)
Starter: Leaning tower of poppadums’
Main Course:  Spicy Lamb Curry,Sweat Chickpea and Aubergine with Faux Pilau Rice and Garlic Nan
Desert: Orange and Apricot Roulade

4) Jon’s watch (Yet to come but using the ribs and left over lamb bits).

The watches are marked on atmosphere, presentation, quality of conversation and tastiness. We’ll publish the scores online once we have had all the evenings.

Apart from more lamb cooking we’ve also had yet another day of sightseeing. Where we left off on our last blog we had just left Cobblers Cove to walk over the hill to the Macaroni colony. On the hillside we found the remains of the recently shot reindeer herd … a little bit sad to see those beautiful animals rotting away in the bogs. Unlike on Antarctica you can walk on the land and travel from your boat to different wildlife colonies. The Macaroni Penguin colony was huge and smelly covering almost an entire hillside. If anyone has seen Happy Feet that is the type of penguin that Lovelace is: with the yellow bits on their heads. Unlike the penguins of Antarctica that nest on snow and rock, the South Georgian penguins nest on the grassy tussocks. They were fab.

As the wind was due to increase overnight and Cobblers Cove offered little swinging room we decided to move the boat around the corner for the night. We anchored in Ocean Harbour and went ashore first thing to look at the few remaining relics of the whaling station including an old locomotive which delighted Bill and he gave us a talk through it’s mechanics. We were once again greeted by countless fur seal pups and their parents. These ones were a bit quieter than the ones at Grytviken. There is a a ship wreck in the harbour whose decks are are covered in toussac grasses and blue eyed shags return to nest here each year.

We weighed anchor around lunch time and motored South to St Andrews Bay. Its quite a tricky place to go ashore with limited landing areas so we opted for viewing from Elinca. From the distance we could see literally thousands of King Penguins. There are said to be up to 200,000 penguins and 6,000 elephants seals in Spring. it was like looking at nature programme. It would have been nice to go ashore but we always have to put the safety of the crew first and given that we could sea breaking waves on the beach from the distance if we were in our inflatables it could have been quite tricky.

We motored to Moltke Harbour and dropped anchor for the night. this is as far South as we will go due to the Northerly forecast over the next few days. It has been quite a comfortable anchorage although if you pop your head out side the wind is piercing as the wind is funnelled down a gap in the mountain creating what is called a katabatic wind but as always the view more than makes up for it.

Clare and Gemma

Elaine  G – safe journey and hope you have a wonderful time in Vietnam. Looking forward to hearing all about it when I’m home xx

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