Hello island home!

So here we are sitting under the brilliant star filled Island sky after a few days of preparing our new home and hut to be liveable for the next 7 months for our family of 6 plus 2 (Paul & Sally)

After being delayed for a 9 whole days in Kupang due to extremely bad weather it was refreshing, to say the least, to have Paul & Sally turn up on day 7! We compressed 4 days into 2 and finished just about everything we had on our list to get before heading over on the ferry. By far the best buy was what we endearingly call ‘the bomb’- an old Toyota Kijang ute that had been sitting in someones yard for about 100 years… Polish to English phrases The guy said it was his favourite which is why he kept it! Anyway, we were pleased with our purchase… It goes AND it carries stuff!! Add to that a Suzuki Thunder 125cc Motorbike and we were on our way.

Friday morning, after our boiled egg & hundreds & thousands jaffle (not kidding and it was the only breakfast on the menu…for the whole 9 days!!), our convoy headed off to board the slow cargo ferry from Kupang. Here is how it looked:

Up front, the girls travelled in a bemo, followed by ‘the bomb’, with Paul trailing behind on the motorbike to catch anything we may have lost on the way! We didn’t lose a thing… Well maybe parts of the car that we are still unaware of… but here is a list of our life and belongings that we managed to pack into ‘the bomb’;

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  • 10 surfboards
  • boat & motor
  • large esky (our fridge) packed full
  • 1 double mattress & 2 singles
  • 2 cartons of ‘pop mie'(noodles)
  • a generator
  • a stove
  • 8 suitcases filled with board games, fishing gear, towels, sheets, hammocks etc.
  • 3 bicycles
  • school books & curriculum for 4
  • tools
  • tent
  • solar lighting
  • a shovel
  • and even a toilet brush!

On our arrival we needed to add to the load 2 backpacks and 4 laptops with Jayden riding the roof to make sure they didn’t fall off!! Molly jumped on the bike with Paul & Sally and Grace and Noah travelled with Mum & Dad in the cab of the ute. A very slow and bumpy 3 hours later our convoy arrived at our final destination; the beautiful Delha coastline…. Even more beautiful than I remembered!! With some bums being number & sorer than others we all agreed that first thing on the agenda was cossies on and a quick dip before dinner. Paradise!

First priority tomorrow is to build 2 gates to stop the goats coming in… After cleaning goats poo off the verandah for the past 2 days we have been blowing it out of our noses!! Lovely!!

See you here on the blog again next Sunday.

Nat, Matt & kids with Paul & Sal x