Saturday, April 5, 2008

Back in the Land of Smoking Mountains

I'm baaaack
- if a day late -
long and tedious and exhausting story
but when do I ever travel without a hysterical litany of problems?????

Never.

So pleased to be on-line again but have been up since 2 am so will post and then I'm off for a Nana/Traveler Nap.

Hope to visit as many as possible tomorrow.

Thanks for all your messages - most appreciated!!!!

40 comments:

M.Benaut said...

Yippeeee ! you're back !

Things have been too quiet 'round these here parts, but.
I hope you enjoyed the land of Skules and Pules and Cozzzzies an' stuff, but.
One now has to speak English, if one can remember how, but !!!!

Welcome home, Jules. We missssed ya.

Ay? but....

M.Benaut said...

Seems there is a bit of a fight to get in 1st, but I succeeded. HOWZATT ?

alicesg said...

Welcome back Jules. Looking forward to seeing more photos from you. I am back from my vacation too from Korea. Have a nice weekend.

Neva said...

Welcome back! hope you catch up and share your story soon! can't wait to hear about the monster bugs and spewing volcano!lol

Jules said...

So good to see ya friendly faces!!!!

M B - for being first a carton of bia and tinned fish is winging it's way to you. It may get there by June - hic!!!!!

Jilly said...

Welcome back, Jules. And with what a photo! a stunner. Take it easy, rest, look at the view...

dive said...

WOOHOOOOOOOOO!
Welcome home, Jules!
If you knew how much I'd missed you, you'd back away nervously.
Hee hee.

Now fess up; what did you do on your holidays?

jenan said...

Popped in to leave you a welcome back message, thinking you would be too tired to hit the keys for a day or so, only to find you've been and gone! But welcome back anyway, and happy holidays to your girls - are they home for the break?

Marie said...

Welcome back, dear Jules. We are eager to see your new photos !

I hope you don't have any pirates around your islands. Have you heard of what happened to a French boat yesterday near Somalia ?

Jules said...

Dive - I'm not the nervous type!!!
I can sum up the time away in a few quick words - work then wine, shopping food & friends. I'm exhausted - definitely too tired to back away!!!!

Jenan - I didn't have a rest thought I'd better stay up and try and make it to at least 6:30 pm before I jump into bed!!! Yes the girls came back with me.

Marie - heard only that there was a pirate attack but no details - no problems like that here.

GMG said...

Hi Jules, great to see you back and with a gorgeous picture. Must confess that the fireworks were becoming a bit tiresome, though beautiful...
Hope you had a great time while out; I missed your comments a lot at Blogtrotter, where I’m still strolling around Bilbao. Look forward to reading you back there!
Have a great weekend!
Gil

Anonymous said...

I must have been in rabaul the same time as you.But to really appreciate the place you Have to stay in a village with the people.I stayed at Rakunai and a trip to the Duke of York islands was outstanding,but again,living with and as the people do Anything else is giving a misrepresented view I think.
Tony Bevington

oldmanlincoln said...

Glad to see you perked up when I came in the door. Nice to see you are back. I am back too.

I posted my hospital experiences this morning. Hope you can read them.

Abraham Lincoln in Brookville, Ohio

Chuckeroon said...

Thank goodness! At last! How did I survive the black pit of emptyness?

Old Wom Tigley said...

Great News... look forward to some banter...

Palm Springs Savant said...

Hi there, first time visitor to your blog, I was searching for "mountains" on google and found your site. I like your blog very much!

stop by and say hi sometime
-rick

CaBaCuRl said...

Jules...isn't it lovely to know how much everyone missed you while you were traipsing around the countryside?? I wonder if M et Mme Benaut's ears were burning when we spoke of them????? (SSShhhh)

Brian Darcey said...

Congrats on your blog, Jules. Brings back many memories.
I lived in Rabaul 1950s 60s & 70s before moving down to Kieta.
Was Chairman of The Rabaul Town Advisory Council, among other things.
See my blog for more.

Jules said...

Hi All
Feeling much brighter after a big sleep!!!

Brian - many thanks for your message!!! I had a look at your blog and love it.
I'd recommend it to all my fellow bloggers - check it out you'll love it. Great photos and so interesting - will add it to my web links.

Chuckeroon - oh you smooth-talker you - missed your posts to and am off over there in a minute!!!!

Hi gmg - good to catch up - hope to visit soon

Hi Jilly, Jude (great to talk to you in the flesh last week - or was it the week before!!!)

Tom - hmmmm - I do so love a good banter!!!!!

Abe - hpe all is well with you - you are a worry!!! Will pop over and see you today.

Jules said...

Tony - The mantra of the Daily Photo Blog Family is to post a photo from where you live each day (I do it every second day because I have terrible phone lines and can't visit and post in one day). As my profile says I am an expat living in PNG and I have never professed to show how PNG people live. This is a window into my life and has never meant to be anything else. It is a true representation of my daily life.

If you look back into my older posts you will see visions from all areas of East New Britain. However if you want a true representation of life in East New Britain you may wish to visit someone else's blog.

I have lived in PNG for 11 years - 8 of which have been here in ENB - I live here now.

Jules said...

Hi Rick - have just been over to visit you - love all your QUIET mountains!! Mine has been very noisy this morning - a few sonic blasts have shaken the house.

Love your site - such fun!!

Clueless in boston said...

Hope you had a nice holiday. Nice picture too.

lv2scpbk said...

Glad to see your back and a beautiful photo to start us out with.

Meg in Nelson said...

Heat in Melbourne? Can't imagine... Say, J. Maarten Troost, The Sex Lives of Cannibals (2004), what is it all about?

George Townboy said...

What a gorgeous photo!! Welcome back!

Jules said...

Hi Meg - if you copy and paste this URL you can read a bit more about the book. Cheers
http://www.amazon.com/Sex-Lives-Cannibals-Equatorial-Pacific/dp/0767915305

Hi George - great to be here at last

Daniel J Santos said...

welcome back and with a very beautiful image, excellent.

Hyde DP said...

good to see you back and busy.

imac said...

ZZZZZZZZZ you now take,
in slumberland till awake,
Bright new day is born,
So to blogland you are drawn.



Welcome back Jules. xxx

Old Wom Tigley said...

Jules I just called back to say how beautiful this new pictures is... what a smile.
Tom...

quintarantino said...

A huge and warm welcome back to you ... I think I can say everyone missed your great photos, lovely posts and constante good mood!

Denton said...

Welcome back ... "work then wine, shopping food & friends" ... that can be exhausting. Now that you are home you can get a good nights sleep.

Ann (MobayDP) said...

Welcome back Jules!

What? No goats in PG?! I wonder why that is? I thought goats were a staple on every island :)

lynn said...

So glad you're back. I can't tell you what a relief it is to get that soothing new photo. Mmmmmm.

Andrea said...

Wow, beautiful place. I wish I was there now.

Jules said...

Hi All
Thanks for the welcomne back - missed you all

Imac - soothed (as Lynn would say) with a poem - how wonderful - poetry gets me every time!!! I am reading Songs of Love and War at the moment - poetry written by Afghan women - it is wonderful!!!!

Quinto - how sweet. You are the only person who thinks I am in a constant good mood - I usually range from hysterical to slightly snappy most days!!!!

Jules said...

Tom - This Side Up - hmmmm - let me think about that for awhile.

Sweet talk will get you everything!!!

babooshka said...

Wonderful light. Very peaceful

Anonymous said...

I am heading to Rabaul on Saturday with the family and mother inlaw who is visiting us here in Port Moresby. Since deciding to go, we have been checking out your site on a regular basis. Really enjoy it and just can't wait to get there and see it for ourselves

Jules said...

anonymous - so glad this blog has been of help - enjoy your stay!!!!