It was a day of brilliant December summer sunshine and the gorse bushes were a gaudy flame. From the rocky lookout of Sussex Mountains, the view stretched beyond Fanning Head and Pebble Island to the wide, open South Atlantic.
Before us we could see mountain, moor and creek of San Carlos Water and Falkland Sound, the landing sites and scenes of the first land battles of the brief Falklands conflict of 1982.
For the four of us who had been there on the mountain in May 1982 − three serving soldiers and myself with the BBC − seeing the whole vista was a bit of a jolt. On that wintry day 35 years ago, all we could see was rain, mist and the odd burst of sunshine.