This series of blog posts is part of the A to Z 2019 Blogging Challenge in which I will write snapshot memories of my early married life in the then Territory of Papua New Guinea.
Low flying aircraft scares the cockatoos,
Clouds drape the mountain ridges.
Villages, jungle, new faces, new names.
A far cry from suburban Brisbane.
Five trade stores, government offices, a new town.
No TV, radio telephone…“over”.
Slow combustion stove
Eighteen hour power
Kerosene lamp explosions.
Dependent on deliveries by trawler or aircraft
Christmas Dinner circling overhead as we wait
Landed, we head to the airstrip among the copra plantation
Site of battles and conflict in War.
Acronyms abound and cause me confusion:
The ADC told the DC that the ETA on the DC3 was 0900.
So much to learn amidst such a different environment,
So familiar to him, but confusing to me,
The price of love and commitment.
Explanatory Note: Alotau was the relatively new headquarters of government administration in the then Milne Bay District in the then Territory of Papua Guinea.
Pidgin (or Tok Pisin):
Aftarim – fancying another person and pursuing/flirting with them.
Aigris – giving someone the eye if you fancy them.
Apinun – afternoon