“Spear a beef burger dad”

I’m sitting here under a star filled sky as I write this, with only the sound of crickets and the distant hum of our little generator to supply the power I need to use the lap top. The wind has finally subsided and it is suddenly so peaceful here again…. Not even a motor bike in sight as there has been no fuel over the past few days in all of Rote Island.  According to the ‘coconut telegraph’ the fuel boat either sank or caught fire.  Neither story may be true as we have found this form of communication to work in a similar way to the game of ‘chinese whispers’…. We ALL know the story ALWAYS comes out different at the other end! Mind you, we did obtain petrol for our generator tonight through the same means!!

Life on Rote Island through the eyes of a 5yr old has been highlighted for us and has given us a good chuckle over the past week or so…. The best comment so far was when Matt was on his way out the gate to go spearfishing and Noah called out “Dad, spear a beef burger!!” (Yes, my thoughts exactly Noah!)

Not quite a beef burger but still a good meal anyway!

For Matt’s Birthday Noah thought he would make his Dad a fishing rod (pictured below) and, as 5yr olds do, he thought he should test it out first… Matt came into the beach and found a very frustrated little boy unable to keep the hermit crab bait on the end of the line. He couldn’t understand why after putting a hole in the crab and threading the string through, they would just fall apart…. His Dad gently informed him that you need a hook which was big news to him!

Molly-helping-pack-coconuts-224x300Life on Rote Island continues to happen one day at a time… This is something that I have found to be so different from our western culture.  The locals truly do live ‘one day at a time’ with their day mostly (& simply) being about providing food for their family.  Whether it be catching fish, collecting coconuts or grinding up spices and cooking over an open fire… There’s not a lot of time left for much else.  Our days aren’t much different! Fresh fruit & veg are available from the markets  held on Tuesdays while pretty much everything else is available in the ocean! (remember, no refrigeration). Between prep,  cooking and washing up, after fetching water from the well, 2hrs per meal is not  uncommon.  Showering, on the other hand, is achieved beside the well in full view, often communal, and with a bucket poured  overhead. We regularly fetch for shampoo, soap and buckets that get dropped into  the deep black hole. A novelty at first…

Jayden managed his first Yr11 oral Indonesian exam remotely….


And two new English students….


Uh, oh, we think the generator is low on fuel.

See you next time