Saturday, December 31, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Ebony stayed over on Christmas eve because the three of us went to the evening church service at 10 pm.
I had done a lot of the meal preparations on Saturday and I am so glad that I did--it made things so much easier on Christmas day.
We started out with prawn cocktails-yummo.
We always have the traditional Christmas lunch (without the turkey that is).
We had ham and roast lamb plus roasted potatoes-sweet potatoes-carrots and parsnips and pumpkin and then we had peas and broad beans and lastly there was cauliflower augratin.
I had made the mint sauce myself this year seeing as I have mint growing in the garden plus there was gravy as well.
I had also made a beautiful punch (a new thing for us this year) and it went down a treat.
My Christmas pudding was amazing which was a good thing after what happened when I was cooking it--(so I forgave it for scalding me when I was removing it from the water after it was cooked.)
I had brandy cream and normal cream as well.
Needless to say we were all a wee bit full after eating all that and my family all appreciated the effort that I had put in.
I love it when we all get together which usually only happens at Christmas time and everyone enjoyed each others company which was a bonus.
Oh happy days.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
It is hard to believe that next year she will be going to high school.
Where has the time gone.
Here she is pictured with her best friend Bethany all dressed up and ready to go.
They have been best friends since starting school in Kindergarten and they will be attending the same high school next year as well.
I am going to make a Christmas wall hanging for next Christmas with them.
The figures range from 5-7cm tall and are beautiful.
I just checked and they are still available if you need them.
Monday, December 19, 2011
I still have reserved feelings about this place--there is the obvious western influence which made it so different from the other Pacific Islands that we had just visited.
This has to be the smallest island ever--I expected to see Robinson Carusoe waving his flag at us.
As we entered the harbour there was this huge smeltering plant --Nickel mining is the main industry on Noumea and this is what greets you as you are about to berth.
We visited another Catholic Church (included in the tour) and this one was very much a modern one compared to the others that we had seen.
This Christmas tree was in the foyer of the Aquarium and the decorations were fish related and to do with the sea--very appropriate.
It was 7.30am and we got on the tender and headed off to the island.
The sign said we could walk across it in 20 minute.
Well I was up to that so off we went----
On the way we passed this house with these quaint water tanks outside.
The beaches were spectacular and I could almost feel like I was in Paradise.
If you click on the photo you will see the smaller hill in the front of the darker green hill which was my undoing.
There were two tour groups on the tender and we were the first group assembled but the second group shoved past us to get on the "proper" bus first which as it turned out didn't have any air-conditioning and they almost stifled on it.
We had this "fully airconditioned" bus and the breeze was perfect.
As I sat on the bust waiting to pull out the traffic had built up a bit--would this be called a traffic jam?
Diving up to the village I noticed most of the houses were built on stilts-I suppose this helps to keep them cooler.
On arriving at our destination we were greeted by the villagers singing us a welcome song and we each received a lei.
First up is the sentry on guard at the gates of ????? (I can't remember) and I didn't write it down in my notes either but they must have been important.
He has to stand for 3 hours and cannot even get a drink of water--- phew.
This is a canoe in the Museum--how did it ever float?
This was so funny--it is the door to one of the toilets in the Museum -but the lock is on the outside of the door.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
We went to a Museum where this local man explained his culture to us and then he proceeded to play songs for us on this instrument.He played a local song then Advance Australia Fair and lastly Silent Night---magical.
He also did this piece of sand art whereby the sand was contained in a screen and he started to draw and he never took his finger off the drawing until it was finished--Inspirational.
We went to a village where these shop dummies were painted and embellished on the side of the path in front of a house.
In the same village was this concrete wall with these sculpted figures --so clever.
Tree roots on top of the ground--definitely some inspiration here.
Finally a totem pole in the same village--definitely some very talented people live here.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Looking back from the Island to the ship the Dawn Princess with a tender going back to get more people.
A road on the Island-----