Obviously on Norfolk no-one ever gets to "go away for the long weekend" but we had a great weekend anyway.
On the Friday night Melissa had her birthday dinner at the new restaurant Cafe Mokka.
Here is the birthday girl with her tiramisu "birthday cake"
Apart from myself, everyone ended up at the RSL where Kiri, another friend, was celebrating her 40th. Rob was on duty that night and ended up driving Melissa home.
Here we are the next morning having brunch at Mel's place, we have Mel on the far right, next to her is her besty Candida who is the local yoga person, then there is Dillon an English guy then Elizabeth and Steve and then the Pannell's.
Poor Mel hadn't had any sleep yet as after the RSL as she had to collect a staff member from a cruise ship that was on its way to Neumea who had a medical emergency. She had to put her abseiling skills to use to get the patient from the ship into a little boat that would bring them to land - rather her than me!!
On the Monday, some on the island were invited to cocktails at Government House for the Queen's Birthday celebrations. It was a lovely afternoon with lots of drinks and food. Here I am with my bridge buddies Annie, Barbara, her husband Michael and Gerry who is the local pharmacist.
There are a lot of Canberra connections here on this island. Firstly Barbara and her husband lived in Latham and brought up 9 children there and Annie lived in Weston with her husband. It is great to talk to people who know Canberra - it keeps the homesickness at bay.
This photo shows me, two Elizabeths and Darls who is a gorgeous local (a real one). She is one of the people who work on the radio station. The other Elizabeth is new to the island as well. She and her husband Rob are building accommodation style units across the road from us. She is absolutely delightful.
Here is Elizabeth and Steve, Jarrod who is a teacher here but also volunteers for the VRA, my lovely Rob and dear Annabel. Annabel and her sister Sheila live here together on the island. Sheila has lived on the island for over 40 years. Sheila and I work together for the Youth Centre. Annabel's husband worked for the Canberra Police for many years and they lived in Yarralumla I think and Sheila's daughter lives in Belconnen.