A Busy Few Days

Trip Start Sep 02, 2010
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Trip End Sep 01, 2014


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Friday, September 10, 2010

Today (Friday) we're having a rest day, which consists primarily of eating, drinking and watching the world go by. Ruth is reading her Book Club book, chosen by Janet I believe. In fact she is just about to finish it, so for the benefit of the Potton Book Club readers I’m quizzing her now – comments are – "Its very readable", “Initially not my kind of book, but as soon as Jonathan appeared on the scene you get drawn into the story, then you are compelled to read it to know the outcome” “In summary a nice romantic novel with a twist” “Thumbs up” and “What is next months book?”

We’ve had a couple of busy days; Wednesday was spent on Koro Levu, a small uninhabited island just off shore from the island that we are staying on. It’s quite a strange feeling being on an island knowing that you are the only inhabitants. You can see the island from a distance in the photo with yacht.

The snorkelling on Koro Levu was excellent, even though much of the coral reef was destroyed by the fierce cyclone that struck Fiji back in March. Given that we had high winds and a rough sea the day before, visibility was surprisingly good. I could see to at least 30 metres to the bottom of the reef. Unfortunately we don’t have an underwater camera so you will have to take my word for it that the colours of the fish and the coral were amazing.

On Thursday we decided to tour the whole of Taveuni by car. As you can expect, renting a car in Fiji has its own quirks. First of all the car is rented by the grocery shop, where you ask for Lena. Lena then gives you the keys and off you go. Upon asking about paperwork/rental agreements etc Lena explains that the rental agreement is very simple – “You break my car, I break your legs”. What could be simpler? With that in mind I drove very carefully.

We headed to the Bouma National Heritage Park, a couple of hours drive away on the other side of the Island. The directions we had been given were to keep driving until the road stops. That’s what I like about Fiji, everything is so simple and straightforward even I can get it.

Sure enough after driving along the bumpiest track, passing many settlements in the lush forests and hordes of the happiest smiley kids we’ve ever seen, the road stopped abruptly at the village of Lavena. Our guide for the day was a young lad called Samba. He was to take us on a leisurely 3 hour coastal walk along a scenic coastline path leading to a twin waterfall. Samba clearly had a different interpretation of leisurely than the one that I was taught, but we just about managed to keep up. I was glad when he stopped to point out a few points of interest and I cleverly put together a whole raft of questions just so that we had time to get our breath back before the route march resumed.

The trek was definitely worthwhile. Eventually after crossing a rope suspension bridge, clambering through mangroves, and up and down various rocky paths we reached a stunning waterfall, pouring into a very inviting rock pool. As usual Ruth took no time getting her kit off and leapt straight into the pool; unfortunately for the readers I just wasn’t quick enough to get the camera out to capture the moment. After a much needed cool off in the pool we headed back, this time at a much more leisurely pace. On the return trek from the waterfall Anthony was showing signs of flagging. Samba suddenly disappeared into the undergrowth and he could be heard foraging intently for something! Anthony was hoping he would re-emerge with a fresh coconut or something else equally reviving, unfortunately it was a Fijian Mullberry. Samba was delighted that he had managed to find the well known herbal remedy for high blood pressure, however the knobbly white lumpy thing he proudly presented us with had the vilest smell you can possibly imagine. Needless to say a second wind was found and the trek was completed. If anybody would like to try the Fijian alternative high blood pressure treatment they can be shipped to you direct, complete with nose clips.

That’s brought us almost back up to date. As I’ve sat here putting this update together a huge yacht has moored up at the jetty. Her name is Adele, and with the wonders of Google I can see she is 50 metres long, has a crew of 7, can cruise at 13 knots for 6,500 nautical miles. If you want to charter her she’s yours for $45,000 for the week. How the other half live.

Ruthy is just preparing lunch and has put a Fijian Gold beer in front of me, so I better stop now. Tonight Ngaire & Dennis have invited us to their house for dinner, and tomorrow is our last day in Taveuni. Unfortunately we won’t be boarding Adele, but a rusty old ferry from the Bligh Shipping line.

I almost forgot! A quick update on the new bungalow. From what I understand, some of the windows arrived yesterday, early, 4 weeks late. As of Friday lunchtime we have 1 and a half windows installed, the doors are arriving on tomorrows ferry, and the plumbing and electrics still have a long way to go. The guests arrive on Wednesday.

Next week it’s Ruth’s turn to write the blog, although she doesn’t know it yet. Have a great Friday night. We will be thinking of you in the pub when we get up tomorrow morning. A&R x
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Claire Morton on

Heya you guys you look and sound like you are having a ball.....Well deserved off course. For the rest of us its noses to the grind stone .Ireland's agreeing with me finally and i have settled in rather nicely. I do still miss the good old days of the Royal Oak but you just have to move on. I am unable to contain my excitement as James, Nan and Ken will be here in a week and chef has said i could take time off to spend with them . Its going to be fantastic ......FAMILY!!!!!! I wish you a very good Friday doing absolutely nothing ....how the othe3r half live :-DDDDDDD some of us have 300 for a wedding and 2 functions of 50 to deal with .... love you guys loads and stay safe

p.s Anthony the pounds are shedding off you ... keep it up.

speak to you soon
Claire

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smeejw on

Hi Guys. We are so jealous. We want to be there! It sounds incredible and you both look so relaxed. Please keep us informed about the progress of the third bungalow, the suspense is killing us, will it be ready? / won't it be ready for the new arrivals?
Ruthy, I am so pleased to hear that you found my book choice readable. It was not what I was expecting and thought it would be a grittier read, but it did turn ot to be more of a love story. It did get a bit of a slateing, and Jo thought it was s..t, but no real surprise there! The new book is One Day by David Nicholls chosen by Donna. (Hope you can find a copy)
Friday night at the pub was sooooooooooooo quiet. We were home by 9.15, we've been deserted by everyone. Bill and Nicki popped in for an hour and PM was there but that was it- the whole of Potton seems to have gone away.
Keep up the fantastic updates, you are keeping a smile on our faces, take care of each other.
Happy travelling, Janet and Jeff x

Paul & Karen on

Really delighted you are taking so much trouble to keep us all informed, thank you both. Envy is a very deep shade of Hitchin green ! Loving the photography and the wry take on events which is causing big smiles here.

Take care and keep up the good work. Paul & Karen :-) x

David Brewerton on

Looks like your having a ball out there. Like the tales making me smile. Grey and wet here and the crossword is struggling bu never mind you enjoy yourselves!!
Take care and keep posting
Best wishes David

Jackie on

Well, where is it? I'm waiting for the next installment.

Off to Italy with children on Thursday, Dunc's working.

Hope you're lending a hand to finish the bungalow!!! xxx

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