Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
I'm late posting today because we have a new baby in the house. I had forgotten how demanding they are!! She seems to have settled in very well........
......and just loves the beach. Her heritage is questionable and her final size and shape will be a surprise but she is adorable. The name is still under discussion. I'm pushing for Jessie but no decision has been made yet. Any ideas????
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Friday, September 26, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
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Sunday, September 21, 2008
Most vehicles in PNG run on diesel fuel. "Only recently, imported diesel in the Pacific has become more expensive than the net value of exported coconut oil, suddenly making coconut oil a serious commodity option for internal use as biofuel."
This biofuel operation in Rabaul is making fuel, in a small shed, for its company vehicles .
This article and this one are quite interesting if you'd like to know more.
Posted by Jules at 8:33 AM
Friday, September 19, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
In 1964 a House of assembly with 64 members was formed. Internal self-government came into effect in 1973, followed by full independence on 16 September 1975.
Black, red and yellow are traditional colors which are found in Papua New Guinean art and clothing. The yellow bird, a stylized bird of paradise, is culturally significant to Papua New Guineans and in full flight it represents freedom and the country's birth as an independent nation. The five stars symbolize the constellation the Southern Cross, representing the country's geographical position in the world and its link to Australia, which also incorporates the Southern Cross on its flag.
PNG Flag info from here
Posted by Jules at 10:03 PM
Sunday, September 14, 2008
We often go over to where the photo of the sign was taken in yesterday's blog and have a BBQ. When the volcano is not ashing so much it is a surreal experience.
The area is lit by the glow and roar of the volcano and we sit and watch the fireworks. This time however we had only been there 5 minutes when it started raining.
PS Nathalie asked where I live in relation to yesterday's photos. If you go down to the bottom of this page and look at M & Mme Benaut's post, you will see the volcano in the background - about 17 km as the crow flies. This photo was taken in front of my place. Rabaul is behind and to the left of the ash cloud.
Ooops - they are no longer on the bottom !! Click on older posts at the bottom of the page and they will be at the top of the page that pops up.
Posted by Jules at 8:05 AM
Friday, September 12, 2008
Rabaul is doing it tough at the moment. The ash is constant and the residents need all the support they can get - but the hospital at Nonga is shut, some schools have closed, and government services are dwindling. East New Britain can not function without Rabaul and I take my hat off to those people who manage to live in these conditions to keep things going. It is an amazing place to visit and on the weekend we took friends here for the day and had a magnificent dinner at the Rabaul Hotel that night. You need medals guys!!!!
We are watching from the other side of the bay and holding our breath and hoping that the damn things stops some time soon to give them a break and to spare us before the winds change!!!
But in the midst of this sobering scene there was a lighter moment. I don't think the guy who wrote this sign knew how funny it looks here in the middle of the devastation, but we all fell about laughing when we read it!!!!
I'm sure there are brighter skies at Sky Watch Friday here.
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Thursday, September 11, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
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Sunday, September 7, 2008
A European artist has been here painting the altar panels.
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Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Have felt so left out with photos of M & Mme Benaut's travels all over everyone else's blog sites, here, here and here, I decide to borrow one of Dive's photos and join in on M & Mme B's Amazing Adventure!!!
Posted by Jules at 12:05 AM