Thursday, July 22, 2010

My Boy Came Back, Relay for Life and Christmas in July

Tom and me having breakfast at The Olive - I had corn fritters and Tom and Linda had a big fry up

Tom and his mate Tom Lindfield (Linda) came to Norfolk for the last week of the school holidays.   His mate Linda is the friend whose family have kindly adopted our son whilst we are living here on Norfolk. It was so good to see my big boy again and it was great to have the other Tom here too as he had not yet been to Norfolk Island.

Here's my Tom and Linda with me after our lunch at the Governor's Lodge

Tom and his dad after being told to smile at the camera!!

Tom had full access to the family car and loved driving Linda around the island and showing him all the bits and pieces that only people here living would know.  They caught up with friends and had a great time doing what teenagers do.  They joined us in supervising the Blue Light Dance held at Rawson Hall where all the kids had a great time.

Here's Tom and Tom - not such a great photo but the only one I took at the Blue Light Dance

The boys had my camera and took many pictures.  They want to make a large collage of the photos so they can look and remember how beautiful this island is.  Some of their photos are shown here.

Our beautiful Emily Bay

the "Running of the Bulls" on Norfolk

Its hasn't stopped raining since "the drought" of this summer hence how green Norfolk is again

These are the roots of very old olive trees near 100 Acre Wood - magical

After the boys left the island had a Relay for Life weekend.  Lots of teams joined in the walking which was over a period of over 18 hours.  Rob and I didn't walk but we were there in spirit all the way!!!  A walker from New Zealand was trying to get into the Guinness Book of Records for most hours walking on grass and I believe it happened too.  There was such a great turnout, lots of money raised for cancer research and these photos show some of the participants. 

This is the start of Relay for Life - first hour of walkers on the school oval

The school oval was a huge camping ground for Saturday 17th July

Here is Steve with Rob.  Steve and Elizabeth were on the Committee Team - well done

No, I didn't walk but I walked every step "in spirit" - here's Mel and Anna

This is Alison Christian and George Smith.  Alison is the boss of Norfolk Online and George runs the radio station and the Youth Centre - they are stalwarts of Norfolk Island and they are both held in high esteem on the island

Local lad Carl Holland

Customs, Immigration and Police had their inaugural Christmas in July party on 22 July at Bailey's Restaurant which is in the Governor's Lodge Resort.  We had a kiddies table with excited children and an even larger table with lots of excited adults.  It was a fantastic night with fantastic food, however, the highlight was that Mrs Santa joined us and handed out gifts to everyone. 

This is the adults table - jeez we had fun

Here's Mrs Santa (Cheryl) and Andrew

Here's Anna receiving her gift - she's about to sit on Mrs Santa's knee - yes, we all had to!!!

Here are all the boys with the new "crack a woody" hats that Mrs Santa gave them

The kids loved their pressies as we adults did - all the boys got hats with other goodies - of course they all had to wear theirs and the girls got different gifts and we were all pleased with ourselves.  A great night had by all - thanks to Kev from Customs (in the Santa hat).

Sunday, July 11, 2010

My Birthday on Norfolk

Elizabeth, Anna and me on Elizabeth's verandah

Tuesday, 6 July was my 48th birthday - am I over the hill yet???  The Friday before my birthday my lovely Rob and Anna went present shopping and when they came back Rob was so excited with his purchase he insisted on me opening my gift there and then.

It was the diamond ring I had had my eye on since spying it in the window of Diamonds Exclusive here on Norfolk Island way back in January.  Yes, I cried and no, I wasn't expecting it.  It had been 20 years since my last diamond ring - my engagement ring!!! so I was very happy. 

My beautiful diamond ring had to be sent to Australia to be resized - sigh

Andrew then gave me his pressie - a beautiful bottle of French perfume that he chose himself from Max's Department Store.  Tom sent me two Antonia Fraser books which I love.

My Andrew and my perfume he gave me

On the Monday night before my birthday Rob and I went to dinner at Barney Duffy's for ribs - yum - and darling Ro Evans was there working.   The food, as usual, was delicious.

Here's Ro and Rob and me - we wanted to show the map of Norfolk behind us !

On my actual birthday, I had phone calls throughout the day from my friends and family in Australia.   Sarah and little Hannah met me at Hillies and shouted me a Devonshire Tea and we had a catchup which was lovely.

Tuesday night, Mel, Anna, Elizabeth and Steve came over to sample my delicious lasagne.  Everyone bought something along and I received lovely gifts - thank you.

Here is a photo of the lovely cake that Anna made with a princess candle!!  My boy Tom, in Canberra, is singing Happy Birthday to me on the phone.

I had the best birthday - thank you to everyone