Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
The boys were invited to Katie’s birthday party at 4.30 this afternoon. I dropped them off, pottered about at home, and then Nick and I both fetched them at 6.30. We stayed for a cup of coffee and cake (me, drinking coffee at 6.30 – I wonder if I’ll sleep tonight?), then got home just in time for Nick to leave again for Bible study.
Hmm, finished this page today…not entirely happy with it, but hey, I was whale-like after all.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Some excitement regarding building…Nick arranged with PW&SD to remove most of the rocks which had been stored in the schoolyard. They removed the gate from the yard, then cleared away rubble with a bulldozer. This is in preparation for the forthcoming repairs. I’m not sure what we’re waiting for now.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Pam and Maddy came here in the afternoon – Pam can’t make a Thursday night anymore so we’re trying a Saturday. Pam digi-scrapped and I paper scrapped. Maddy and the boys found Tom and Sappho, and the five of them ran around outside playing some sort of prisoner game with sticks. Pam supplied ice-cream, fudge sauce and sprinkles…double yum!
Sappho's ice-cream...she asked me why I take photos of weird things.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Well, today has been a quiet day – I like to have quiet days, so long as there aren’t too many of them all strung together. The weather was great early morning so Nick and I walked around Longwood - there are a few little roads to explore, and we can usually get into the expansive fields from any of the roads and thereby back to Piccolo, making a pleasant round-trip.
School went well and the boys have done fabulously with their spelling and writing this week. We finished the book “Red Sails to Capri”…it was a bit of a mystery novel which we all thoroughly enjoyed. Set in Capri, Italy, it was about a mysterious cove housing a cave which the people of Capri had been afraid of for many years. Along came three foreigners who caught wind of the mystery and were determined to find out its secret…the last chapter revealed the surprise, and it turned out to be a true phenomenon! We googled it afterwards and saw pictures of the famous Blue Grotto of Capri. We were all super-excited that the book, which I had assumed to be purely fictional, had basis in fact, and we even watched a short video clip of what our dear characters in the book experienced.
Nick had another building meeting in town with the builder, planner and some other important meeting to discuss the way forward with the repairs. It seems that work can actually begin next week! The first phase will be to repair the archway between the church and schoolroom which needs to support wooden beams running across the schoolroom, before that roof can go on. The poor schoolroom has been standing open these last five months. It was also been suggested that instead of tearing down walls in the church and manse, the loose stones can simply be hammered back into position, wedged in place with smaller stones, and then lime-mortared. This will save unimaginable resources of time and money! We are very excited about this development, which originally came from some experienced Saints, but then was confirmed by the aforesaid Important People who have the last word.
We had a Piccolo Party in the evening. It’s amazing how many words there are beginning with P that go with Piccolo…people, picnic – one can really have fun coming up with silly titles. It was Louise’s 19th birthday on Tuesday, so we were all invited for a bring-and-share style party. It was good! The kids had a ball playing outside at night – not usually a privilege afforded them.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
We headed down to the docks around 5 pm to see the RMS and were pleased to have arrived in time to welcome Scilla, the island’s annual optometrist and a Baptist, back to the island.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Two fishing boats came in while we were there, and the fish truck had to back down to the water’s edge to load up fish and hand out ice, so we had to move a few times. Nick jumped down on to one of the boats to help the struggling lone fisherman unload his heavy crates of tuna. He got himself covered in stinky fish guts which we could still smell on him even after swimming in the sea and having a bath at home. Gross. Nick was fairly sure he saw a Wahoo in amongst the tuna.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Above: peekaboo! Below: the jawbone of a donkey?
After school (and it’s been working pretty well running from 8.30 to 12 with half an hour’s break) we had a quick lunch here and then went off to town. Nick dropped off his latest, unreleased, un-anythinged CD with Danny Couts, from whom Nick bought the electric guitar he uses.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
On the way back we drove past this genuine pack-donkey. We very seldom see donkeys in use or being ridden – they were very popular during the flax production era as a mode of transport, but since then they have mostly been left to their own devices.