Monday, 29 July 2013


I often spend some time Monday or Tuesday afternoon preparing for class the next day or marking work from the previous week. It is a great joy to teach the student wives at Talua... and also a great challenge.

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Stop! Don't throw it out!

Someone in the developing world could use it!

Do you have a soccer ball you can't use any more?  The stitching has all come apart?  The leather ripped?  The bladder burst?  Don't worry.  You don't have to be a litterbug.  Don't throw it.  Send it to the developing world.  After all, it's better than what they have.

Do you have a lap-top that is too slow for you now?  The battery doesn't last an hour?  Some of the keys don't work?  No-one else wants it.  Don't worry.  As long as it's still got a power cord, it's not silicon heaven for your little baby.  Send it to the developing world.  After all, it's better than nothing.

Do you have some old sheets?  A little threadbare?  Not suitable for your family.  You couldn't be bothered making a rag-rug?  But you hate to throw them out, after all, they were a wedding present from Aunty Marge.  Don't worry.  Send them to the developing world.  After all, it's not as if they need the warmth.

Are your children's bedrooms cluttered with MacDonald's happy meal toys that you detest?  But your concern for the environment prevents you from throwing them out?  Besides, your children won't let you?  Don't worry!  Convince your children of the good deed you can do by sending them to the developing world.  After all, everybody needs a MacDonald's happy meal toy.

Don't fill up your own backyard with your rubbish: send it somewhere else!

Wednesday, 10 July 2013


Another fund-raising venture.

Raw peanuts were roasted the day before in a peanut drum over a fire and on this day were packed into small plastic bags for sale.  20vt a bag (about 20c).

What is manioc?

Somebody asked, 'What is manioc?'

Manioc is otherwise known as Cassava. It's a small spindly shrub with a tough woody root full of starch.

The root is used in cooking. It can be boiled and is rather plain, or it can be mixed with coconut milk and made into lap-lap which is really yummy.

It has to be prepared appropriately to get rid of toxins (or a bitter taste), so don't try it at home.

I have heard that it is the same as arrowroot and tapioca but I am not sure about this.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Saturday dinner at our house

Manioc lap-lap with crab was for sale at the market stall. The whole plate... only $3.00.

It's not always this flash. But we love it when it is!

Saturday morning at our house

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

the latest style

Orders, anyone?

a long way home

These children were on the way home from school when I took this photo this afternoon. They are there off in the distance somewhere.   Although it is one and a half kilometres from here to the school, these children are not even half way home yet. Some of these leave home while it is still dark and won't get home until dark. The local school used to provide boarding for primary schoolers but now, since the high-school has grown, there is no room for primary school boarders. Their only option, if they want to go to school, is to walk to and from each day.

Monday, 1 July 2013

in the frangipani tree

A favourite for climbing.  Look at that sunshine!