Wednesday, March 14, 2012

My Last Days on Norfolk Island and My Return Home

My Princess Party

Pauline, Fenella, Liz, Me, Annie and Ro
 I really wanted to have a party to say goodbye to my dear Norfolk Island friends.  I decided to have the party at Rumours just in case it rained.  I was originally going to have it at my friends house on Quality Row but she left the island before me!

Barbara, Barbara, Jan, Me and Annie

Coral and Vicki

Sheila, Me, Fenella and Julie
 We all met on Saturday, 21 January 2012 and dear Cristina made good on her promise to bring one of her rainbow cakes for my farewell, a promise that was given way back at the Easter Carnival when I missed out by seconds on buying her first attempt at one.

Cristina with her rainbow cake

Lynne, Me and Rosalie
Princesses came and went over a 4 hour period and it was great that each princess wore a tiara and some even brought fairy wands.  I wore my $40.00 ebay special which was particularly revealing.

The beautiful rainbow cake
It was a lovely afternoon - thank you dear friends.

My Bridge Farewell

My last Bridge morning was on Thursday, 18 January at Annie Foote's place as usual.  We had a pretty full house of three tables which is wonderful.  These friends at Bridge were the friends I saw the most and they are the loveliest of people.  I am so happy to have met them and hope that we still keep in touch - especially those who have Canberra connections. 

We had a lovely morning tea which we always had but I was given two gorgeous bunches of flowers and two beautiful cards, a personal one from my Bridge partner Annie and one group card.

Barbara, Sally, Annie, Liz, David, Pauline, Brian, Robert, Jim Anne and
Jeanette is hiding somewhere

My beautiful flowers and cards

Although I bitched and moaned about the early 9.00 start time, I loved my Bridge and never failed to turn up unless I was off island - even at my worst (ie absess on tooth etc) I would never let my friends down.  Annie Walker and I were always partners and we probably won 50 percent of our games and our opposition was always Annie Foote and Barbara.  I loved these ladies.

My Goodbyes to My Darling Little Girls

My girls keeping an eye on the street
Well, the big day arrived and I was excited to go back home.  I knew that I wouldn't be seeing my girls for a very long time and it was hard to say goodbye - I'm glad that they didn't know what was happening to them.  They were losing all of us for four weeks before Rob would be back with them again.  They were extremely stressed and when Rob got back in February they had to go to see Candice to get sorted.

Suzie and Nellie on the morning of departure

Their favourite spot
Our plane was delayed for a while and the trip to Melbourne was long and boring but I was chatting to Pauline who was also on our flight.  We had organised to meeting with Rob's sister and neice at the airport so it was great to catch up with Jo and Stacey.  We headed straight to Hungry Jacks and had some of their food which really wasn't nice (have I changed my eating habits perhaps).  Anway, we arrived back in Canberra on the Friday of a long weekend and were met at the airport by my friend Diana and Thomas.

Jo and Stacey with us at Melbourne airport
We drove straight to our home in Torrens to check it out and all was well and good then we went to our apartment in Kingston where the AFP had put us up for a week until we got sorted at Torrens.  Our Canberra storage arrived on the Monday and the next day the Norfolk items arrived.  We had lots of helpers (thanks to Fiona and twins) and it didn't take us long to get back into the house.

Reunited with our Tom

I started back at my old place of work on a temporary basis in early March and Andrew's back at his old school, Tom is going to CIT at Bruce and Rob is back on the island.

Sometimes I feel that Norfolk never really happened and so I am glad to have created this blog for me to remember those special years of my life.

I have to say that I really did lead a charmed life on Norfolk Island and as Rob said, I really did get the better end of the deal.

Thanks Norfolk Island for everything.  I loved the island, the people, the shops, everything.



Sunday, January 1, 2012

My 3rd and Last Christmas and New Years on Norfolk Island

This is the Christmas Tree I made in desperation because all my Christmas stuff was on its way to Australia
Christmas on Norfolk Island normally starts the first week of December - we do not start in September like the mainland.  Santa doesn't appear in every shop and we are not deafened by Christmas Carols for 3 months.  We have a string of Christmas Lights on one side of the main street (I don't know why the other side isn't included) and every shop decorates its windows in feastive symbols.

The Christmas Pageant

The fantastic Christmas Pageant was the best this year and the parade was the best so far.  The Beauty Pageant raised nearly $12,000 for the new hospital which is so desperately needed so that was a fantastic effort.

The beginning of the parade
Susan and Susan helping out The Olive with their fishfry

Pam and Jan with their homemade goodies

Annie and her daughter Lyn

Rob in the parade

Victoria Rose in the Beauty Pageant

Joy in the fire truck

Brenda and Michael

Kim and Justine

Corrine and Linda

This pageant had lots of things to see and do and it was great to see people that you don't see everyday.

Christmas Party Time

The parties started early in December - here are some photos of them.

VRA at Hillcrest on 3 Dec

 Volunteer Rescue

The VRA Christmas Party was a BBQ banquet beside the pool.  The food was fantastic but because of the rain we ended up on the verandah for shelter.

Garden Club
Garden Club at Jo's place on 4 Dec

Jan and me at the Garden Club Xmas Party
Garden Club
The Garden Club Party was a Joanne Adam's house on Two Chimney's Road and she had set up tables on either side of her front door and it was such a great set up.  There was tables for all the food which was a potluck where you either brought a salad or dessert.  There was so much food and drink.  

Fenella and Lynne our Club L Organisers

Club L setup
 Club L

Club L Christmas Party was also at the Hillcrest and we had a secret santa as well.  Some of the local girls came and sang Christmas Carols and it was wonderful that they knew all the words this year - ha

Lynne and me having fun

A beautiful sunset
The night finished on a high with everyone opening their Secret Santa gifts - I got a wooden bowl with candles, tea and some other bits and pieces.

Bridge Club
My bridging buddies

My last party was our Bridge Party at Cherisse's place at Shearwater.  The party was held after a marathon of bridge playing - almost 4 hours worth - we were all hanging out for our lunch which we didn't get to until 1.30.  Everyone contributed in some way to the food and we had a wonderful party.

Christmas Eve Party

Rob had the whole time off over Christmas so we decided to make the most of it and invite some people around to enjoy Christmas dinner over at our place.

We invited Melissa and Glenn and Jane and Allan who brought over their grandchildren too.

We exchanged pressies and we had a wonderful night of frivolty.

Christmas Day

 After waking up around 10.00 Rob and Andrew and myself started to open our pressies - we all knew most of what we were getting for Christmas but we all got secret gifts too.  My secret gift was the most gorgeous diamond earrings - can't get better than that right? 
 After a light breakfast we all go ready to meet Elizabeth at Governor's Lodge for Christmas Lunch.  The banquet at Governor's was absolutely fantastic.
  Lots of oysters in all its forms ie natural, mornay, kilpatrick = loads of prawns and heaps of salads, vegies and roast meats.  Then, of course, the desserts. 
 Santa was there and we had photos taken with him.  He almost looked familiar!

New Years Eve

Elizabeth, Rob, Rob and me

Cristina and me

Having the BEST time
As Rob had New Years Eve off that we really should go out so we organised to go to the dinner and show at Paradise with Elizabeth and Rob.
Brandt before he became Tom Jones

Island Girl
We were booked in quickly as tickets were sellling out fast.  Again the food was fantastic and the entertainment was great.  We had Tom Jones over all the way from London but he looked very much like our local lad Brandt McRitchie.  He had us all up and dancing the night away.


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Two Big Months of Activity

My New Job

In September, just before the school holidays I was asked to work on a part time basis at the beautiful jewellry shop called Diamonds Exclusive.  I love working there - I love all the diamonds and I enjoy the interaction with the tourists who visit the store.
Here I am behind the counter at work

Norfolk Island Rescue Squad's 20th Anniversary
On the 11 of September there was a function at Government House to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Norfolk Island's Volunteer Rescue Squad which is headed by my friend Melissa Graham.  Again, it was a delightful evening outside in the gardens of Government House and we enjoyed it very much.
Anna, Melissa and me at Government House

Rob in his new suit
When Elvis Came to Town

It seems like September was Elvis month on Norfolk Island.  There was an Elvis impersonator competition that included local contestants as well as from Australia and New Zealand.  There was even a female impersonator as well.  Rob and I didn't attend the actual competition but we did get to two of the Elvis shows - one at the RSL and the other at Paradise with two different Elvis'.
Fenella and me at the RSL Elvis Sow

Rob and me at the Paradise Show

The Paradise Elvis show was much better than the RSL one

Norfolk Island Police Force's 80th Anniversary

I was quite busy in October as well.  First there was the Norfolk Island Police's 80 Anniversary held on the 14 October.  Over 20 AFP members and former Norfolk Island Police members came to Norfolk Island for a dinner at Government House to celebrate.  It was a great night and the big winners of the evening was Melissa's Norfolk Island Rescue Squad which was the recipient of all the "fines" which were paid throughout the evening. 

Rob and me in our finery

Melissa, Glenn and me at Governor's Lodge

Norfolk Island Garden Club Winners Tour

The next day was the annual Norfolk Island Garden Club awards where all the club members and guests boarded two buses and toured all the winning gardens.

Elizabeth and me beside a gorgeous wisteria

A view from one of the winning gardens

Gorgeous Norfolk Island looking at Hibiscus Drive
Andrew's 14th Birthday

That evening Andrew had his 14th birthday party with his friends.  They were well fed with nachos and pizza and loads of coke to drink.  Sarah, again, made his pinata birthday cake which is devine.  Andrew stayed awake all night as per ususal although his friends nodded on and off during the night and the next day.

Bridge Ladies Birthday Lunch

At the end of the month the Bridge girls went to have lunch at Sublime for a birthday lunch.  Annie Walker, Annie Foote and Cherisse all have birthdays in late October so it was as good a time as any to get out together outside of the Bridge morning.  Lunch, of course was sublime - ha.

Bridesmaid's Premier
In November the Quota club hosted a night at the movies which was showing Bridesmaids.  Everyone was invited to dress as a bridesmaid, bride or flower girl which most did.  Here is Candida the Bride, Mel the Bridesmaid and me, the mother of the bride!!!  The movie wasn't as funny as I was told, but at least at this cinema we were able to bring in our bubbly and I won the major raffle prize of a necklace and matching earrings.  Cristina made the lovely wedding cake which we all enjoyed at the end of the movie.