Nearly 2 months on the island

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Well guys, here we are - firmly settled into our island lifestyle.

I guess I've been a bit slack with the blog but there is always so much to do, especially since we have moved again.

At Betty Street, we had our mate Steve build us a deck at the back of the house which increased value and livability 100%. He did a fantastic job and left us to do three coats of decking oil and paint the rest white. Unfortunately, the rain came so it is still awaiting it's second coat of white paint. But hey, it's island time ... it will get done some time. The photos show the deck and some of our garden ... note the mandarin tree and the chilli bush, both prolific. We are even thinking of growing our own coffee! (Well, Guy is .... I'm not so eager)

At Noon-Muckle, you are now welcomed by our Indonesian statue. (Familiarly called Meg, her full name is Megawati Sukarno-Putri.) One of our neighbours, Baz, helped Guy to carry her from the truck and he says he is planning on sitting on his verandah up the street waiting to see if anyone tries to steal her. As she weighs about 100kg, they have no chance and I think he is looking for a good laugh to compensate for the hard work it took to get her there.

I haven't had a chance to get into the garden yet but you can see from the photos that we are surrounded by huge gum trees and they are full of birds ... galahs, rainbow lorikeets, scaley-breasted lorikeets (settle, girls, no dirty sniggers!!!). And heaps of kookaburras!!! The noise in the mornings is incredible!!! On the ground, there are stone curlews and, of course, Bluey, the peacock who roosts in the empty house next door. We have been warned not to encourage him, as his droppings are decidedly on the nose and he eats all the vegies. The curlews scream horribly at night. Apparently they are quite fierce when it comes to rival males and attack each other on sight.

We can walk up the street to the main road and the bakery. Yum!!! The steak and pepper pies are a definite must and his oat bread is fantastic.

We are still unpacking our 127 cartons. Somehow, it seems that you get three things out of one carton and then you have to open another to get two things out of it. We have dozens of opened but half-filled cartons scattered around the house.

It also seemed a good idea at the time to wrap everything in our clothes when we were packing the cartons but it now means I have to wash every item of clothing we possess. Our washing machine is still at Betty St as it didn't fit at Noon-Muckle where we will have to buy a front loader. This means a trip back to Betty St every two days to put on another load of washing.

We have ordered some schmick new furniture but in the meantime we are making do with our glass outdoor table in the dining area and a single sofa bed in the lounge. Hey .... that's all we need until we have visitors. (Hint, Hint, Hint!!!)

And so life goes on! Salsa lessons are coming to the islands, Galapagos Duck have been and gone, I still haven't got round to the Art Classes but I plan to do so soon.

Catch you all soon
Ales and Guy
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kiwis on

Island Life
love your photos and blog about the island....we can't wait to get there

Shanon Cooper on

Loved reading your blog as we are moving to the Island in December. We already have two of our daughters there along with two grandchildren. We are building a house and so looking forward to our island life. Hey just curious those noisy birds I think you called them Curlew do they look like a "roadrunner"

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