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A Milestone

In December, family and friends gathered in Brisbane so that they could help me celebrate this:

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My Mum flew over from Perth.

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Family pictures were taken.

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Don’t I look lovely and formal?

Look again…

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Do you see the bare feet?

My shoe broke as I was walking to congregate with the other graduands before the ceremony. As I sat down I took off my shoe and said to the girl next to me:

“My shoe broke! I’m going to have to walk across the aisle in bare feet!”

In a series of fortunate events, she had decided to wear high heels and had a spare of flat shoes in her handbag, in my size. So I borrowed her shoes for the graduation ceremony (with effusive thanks) and was spared the embarrassment of walking across the stage in bare feet. I did have to go out to dinner in full regalia and bare feet though.

I guess it’s things like this that make life interesting….

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Feeling blessed

I belong to a local group on facebook. It’s a place to share news of impending shortages such as fuel, security alerts/areas to avoid for the next little while as well as a place where people who are leaving sell items they don’t want to take home.

Last week Gorgeous Man alerted me to a post offering free quilting magazines. A few text messages later and we had arranged for the very generous lady to drop them at Gorgeous Girl’s school. I was working when she was in town and wasn’t able to meet up with her in person. There were far more magazines than I was expecting.

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Here they all are sorted out. Gorgeous Girl counted them and said there was over 100. There’s enough to keep me in crafty reading for quite some time. There were about a dozen in the pile that I already have. I’ve given some to a friend who has just started doing crafty things in the last few years and a few others have been put aside because they have projects I think people I know might enjoy making.

I got a lot of knitting done this weekend, but haven’t taken any photos yet. I’ve come out in a horrible itchy rash – this happens about once a year here – so I spent a quiet weekend at home on the couch with my knitting and new (to me) magazines to keep me company.

Back to work today thankful for the air conditioning in my office. The antihistamines from last time seem to be preventing it from getting worse. I’m hoping to avoid a trip to the clinic and injections.

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In addition to the Independence Day celebrations at Gorgeous Girl’s school there were also some where Gorgeous Man and I work.

This tree house was built for the occasion. It is the traditional house of the Koiari people.

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This is the side view.

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Front view.

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Gorgeous Girl and I climbed up to have a look.

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Gorgeous Girl climbed right to the top.

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The students dressed in traditional costumes.

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There were demonstrations of how to prepare traditional food.

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These girls are preparing coconut milk.

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Students from other Pacific Islands also dressed in traditional costume for the occasion. These girls are from Rarotonga (Cook Islands).

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I’m grateful for the opportunity to experience this first hand.

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Recently Papua New Guinea celebrated 40 years of Independence. Gorgeous Girl’s school put on celebration. The kids dressed in traditional costumes from the various regions around Papua New Guinea.

Gorgeous Girl was in the group from Manus Island. They practiced their dances for a few weeks and costumes were supplied.

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We supplemented her costume with some shell necklaces.

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The local ladies set up shop outside the school gates (shop consists of a cloth on the ground spread with their wares) knowing that the school has these celebrations.

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One of the older classes made paper mache mud men masks.

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The staff had the authentic masks.

These following ones aren’t the best pictures I took, but they do show a sense of the day without showing the faces of other people’s children.

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Update

I picked up my new visa on Friday and flew back into Papua New Guinea on Sunday. The reason I needed a new visa was because I have started working and this involved a change of visa status.

I hit the ground running and on Monday taught my first class in a very long time. I’ve done adult education before as a TESOL teacher, but this is the first time I’ve been lecturing in History. I’m enjoying it so far, hopefully the students are also enjoying it lol.

We had very heavy rain on Monday and Tuesday and the road in to town was flooded quite badly. This meant Gorgeous Girl had to miss a day of school as there was no way to get her there. Fortunately the water has subsided and she was able to go to school today.

There has been a little bit of crafting since I got back. I had a play with my sister-in-law’s new gelli plate while I was in Australia and have used some of the paper from that session to upcycle a pringle tin as a pen holder for the desk in my office. I’ve been taking a few minutes at the end of each day to decompress with my spinning wheel. I’ve been itching to spin ever since Gorgeous Man gave me some beautiful fibre for Christmas. It spins as beautifully as I imagined it would.

No photos yet. The heavy rain has knocked our internet access around making it very intermittent. I’m hoping I’ll be able to get a post without photos up without too much difficulty.

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A month ago Gorgeous Man and Gorgeous Girl went back to PNG without me. I’m very grateful to generous family members who have let me stay with them and for friends who have been keeping me busy and out of trouble,  but I’ve been missing them a great deal. Gorgeous Girl also racked up quite a few firsts while we’ve been apart. First day at a new school, first missing teeth, first music lesson (drums) first individual swimming lesson, and so on and so forth.

Anyway, a friend asked me to go out with her and some of her friends. When we got to the place we were supposed to be eating (Eat Street Markets – well worth a visit) she suddenly stopped and started fussing with her bag and phone and then pointed behind me and said “Who’s that?” I turned and got the shock of my life when a certain Gorgeous Girl came running through the crowd.

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Gorgeous Man and Gorgeous Girl had flown down for a few days.  I was a touch overwhelmed and tears were shed. Gorgeous Man wins Valentine’s day this year.

They flew home today and I’m still in Australia waiting for visas to be sorted out. But I’ll be home in another few weeks and all will be right with my world.

In other news, there has been knitting.

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This is a child-sized hat. It’s going to a friend of mine in the north-east USA. She is a registered foster parent and is part of a network of foster parents in her area. The idea is to give her a stack of hand-knit hats, scarves, mittens and baby blankets to keep on hand for foster children that come into care. The knitted items will be one less thing that foster parents need to provide and in addition to keeping the children warm it is something they can take with them when the leave that foster family. A few of my Ravelry friend have joined me in this project and we are going to see how many we can make. Sadly there is a large demand in the county my friend lives in.

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So, I have to confess that this scrapbook page is misleading.

Gorgeous Girl does not like visiting Santa/Father Christmas. She has to be cajoled into it by me, because I really like having a photo each year to see how much she has grown. There are a few years missing because she refused to participate at all. Last year she agreed to see Santa, but refused to get closer than this. 🙂

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I dyed the chipboard using DIY mist (food colouring and water) and my new watercolour wax crayons.

I made a card as well.

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I’ve been wanting a large woven basket for a while. Gorgeous Man found one at the market today.

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It’s certainly large.

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It’s now housing Gorgeous Girl’s collection of soft toys.

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