Sunday, 13 February 2011

blog silence

There's many a silence on this blog.

Mostly they're self-imposed; an indication that life is too busy or I am too tired.

This time, however, it won't be.

Landlines have been down at Talua for a long time. The microwave tower that beams across the signal (yes, for the landlines) has been damaged and is yet to be repaired.

The satellite internet provider stopped providing our package and the next cheapest was double the cost. The college can't afford that.

Wimax internet also uses that damaged tower on the neighbouring island and so it will be a while before that can be set up and running.

Data services on mobile phones are prohibitively expensive.

So... we may arrive safely this evening, but I won't be able to let you know.

Don't assume there's been a cyclone, or an earthquake, or a tsunami.

It's just quiet here because technology, terrific as it is, needs lots of tender loving care or it throws itself on the floor, kicks its legs and screams silence.

Saturday, 12 February 2011

au revoir

We're heading off to Vanuatu tomorrow. Classes begin on Monday.

Glen is teaching 'Greek', 'Evangelism & Mission' and 'Worship & Wisdom'. I'm hoping to do 'Introduction to the Bible' with the women.

They're predicting another 4-5 cyclones before the season is finished. It's going to be w.e.t.

Friday, 4 February 2011

I don't shave my legs.

There. Now you know.

Now you can heave a collective sigh of disgust.

I was reading someone's list* of the indicators that she is too busy...
You know you are too busy when:
  • you have not emptied your mailbox in three days.
  • you walk in the door and the dog growls at you because he doesn't recognise you.
  • you mumble, "Tomorrow night, Honey," for a week.
  • your pots and pans have cobwebs on them.
  • the guy at the drive-through window at Taco Bell knows you so well he's willing to loan you money.
  • your microwave prints a personal "Hi, Kay!" message on the screen.
  • you use your bathtub as a planter.
  • you stop shaving your legs - it takes too much time.

To be honest, I was surprised to read that last one. Is the not-shaving-of-legs that unusual? Must it only happen as a desperate last resort? Is the time spent shaving to be valued above so many other things?

It's not that I've been that busy for the last twenty years, it's just that I'd rather spend the time doing something else, even when I'm on holidays.

I suppose that makes me a social pariah.

Here's the "too busy" signal for me:
I know I'm too busy when I haven't washed my hair for so long, you can smell it!
What's yours?

* List (all examples from her life) by Kay Warren, in She can't even play the piano, by Joyce Williams.

Thursday, 3 February 2011


Our visas are ready!

Given that on Tuesday we were informed that our paperwork was not yet in order and we were still working on rectifying that this morning... it was a surprised to receive an email a little later to say they were ready.


building new houses at Talua

It's an exciting time at Talua at the moment.

Our student numbers are increasing. This year we take in our second intake of students into the Foundation Year program which aims to prepare students to study the Bachelor of Ministry. The number of students in the Diploma program remains strong.

This means we need more houses and more classrooms, and progress has been made on this during the holidays.

Here is the new classroom:

And some of the new houses:

Better than the student housing we lived in at a certain theological college in Newtown!

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

a day out with Bethany

Bethany's christmas present this year was a pledge to be taken out for lunch and a trip to the movies. She was so excited. It was to be her first ever trip to the cinema.

In the car on the way we chatted about what "Tangled" might be about. Here were her suggestions:
  • Mr Tickle (whose arms are tangled)
  • a ball of string
  • hair
  • fishing lines (an underwater adventure)
  • an enchanted forest with tangled vines
When we arrived at the cinema and bought the tickets she worked out which it was. Her excitement increased.

While we waited for the movie to start we went out for lunch and ate our favourite meal: lasagne.

Bethany commented that because she loves lasagne, likes to sleep and is lazy [sometimes], she therefore must be Garfield!

Then we went and saw the movie. She really loved it. I enjoyed being with her. She's delightful.

And now she's taken to informing the other children whenever they step slightly out of line to listen to Mum because "mother knows best"!!

My comments on the movie here.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

connor boys

Matthew and Lachlan with their cousins Ben and Tim. This was taken when Lachlan was only a day old.