The Falkland Islands are a British possession, way down in the South Atlantic Ocean off the eastern tip of South America. There are two main islands, West and East, and many smaller ones (see Map). For general information on the Falklands, there are already several very interesting and informative sites available - which you can find under the appropriate Links section.
The Islands are complex, with far more to them than just sheep or penguins, important those are, in their way! Take time to delve below the surface, and you will find there are many pieces to the jigsaw of Island life - and not all are easy to fit together. As with any jigsaw however, it is vital to have all the pieces and fit them together accurately in order to build the full picture. Miss one out and it doesn't make sense. Twist one to make it fit and the whole thing just becomes distorted. Trim a piece that doesn't suit you, ie cheat, and you have a false result.
This site as a whole is already quite large, and there's no point trying to re-invent the wheel - so instead of going into detail over tourism, geography etc, which are already well covered on the links provided, we hope to bring you some interesting items that may not have appeared so far, and introduce you to people and places you may not already know about. You will also find a lot of information on life in Camp (the countryside outside the only town and capital, Stanley) by reading the other sections in this website, and it is hoped that you will find these interesting.
Looking at Stanley without taking into account the Camp, and vice versa, make for an incomplete picture of the Islands. Even the Camp isn't easy to categorise any more, since the quality of life varies from farm to farm - largely due to the slow progress of the new road system which has yet to reach some of the more remote areas such as the peninsula on which we live.
This Islands section is divided into appropriate headings such People, Places, Crafts, Wildlife etc. It is hoped that new pages will be added gradually, when there's an opportunity to interview someone of interest or take pictures of a particular place that's not featured elsewhere, so please keep checking back to see what's new.
If there is some aspect of the Islands that you feel we or other sites have missed, and which you would like to know more about, please email us - or put your comments in the Visitors Book - we will then try to oblige, or at least pass on the request to the relevant people so they can add the missing information to their site.
The Falkland Islands are a very special place. Although not Islanders born and bred, we have spent twenty happy years here, feel privileged to live in this remote and lovely part of the world, and hope you will one day visit the Islands to see them for yourself.
Meanwhile we hope you enjoy gathering up all the relevant pieces of this engaging puzzle, and that you will find the result as fascinating as we do.
And remember - no cheating...