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.
Our most popular weekend outing
To Varirata National Park
Or as we called it, Variarata,
Did it change or were we wrong all along?
It was another go-to place
For our visitors to Moresby
Out past Ilimo Farm,
Then Rouna Falls
To see if it was in flood.
All the kids loved to run and play
In the open spaces or across creeks
Or climb up the rickety stairs
To the bush materials tree house.
One Boxing Day, all the Gerehu-igans,
Adults and children, travelled in convoy
A barbeque in the bush
To share with our Christmas visitors.
De rigeur was a photo of the crowd
Sitting on the fence
Overlooking the distant harbour.
Simple, happy times and memories.
3 thoughts on “V is for Variata Outings”
I am loving your memories of another time and place.
I have to laugh over “Varirata” vs “Variarata.” That reminds me of the town of Stanardsville in Greene County, Virginia where many of ancestors were from. Everybody says StanDardsville, even when they know better.
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Local vernacular rules!