Olgeta Samting

“Wanem dispela ‘olgeta samting’?”[i] A generic everything Craft and artefacts From places where we’ve lived. Woven straw mat For picnics in PNG or at the beach Beaded necklaces as farewell gifts Lufa rugs in grey or white. A favourite Buka basket Far too small for even a small pikinini[ii]. Or a serving tray for canapes. … More Olgeta Samting

Milne Bay Magic

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. My husband’s “place” Has a place in my heart Our first home Many memories Some clear, some faded.   A … More Milne Bay Magic

Lufa Ramblings

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. Weekend drives to Lufa Down the Highlands Highway with the family Spectacular scenery Mountains rise to the side As we … More Lufa Ramblings

K is for Konedobu

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. Verbal jungle drums beat… We’re on leave overseas When the rumours hit town My job is gone when I return … More K is for Konedobu

Jackson’s Airport

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. The dry plain of Jackson’s airstrip Bounded by the ocean And the encircling hills. On my first arrival Heat slams … More Jackson’s Airport

Imagine Independence

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. Imagine if you will a country with spectacular, awe-inspiring scenery from fierce mountain ranges clothed in almost impenetrable jungle to … More Imagine Independence

Highlands Warriors

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. Massed warriors gather in the Goroka showground Highland tribes with spears, arrows and axes Feathers, beads, and arse gras[i] Pig … More Highlands Warriors

Going to Goroka

“Be in Goroka next week” they said “Sure, no problem!” Hah! A baby, a mother cat, five kittens Public Works packing crates Crazy packing and cleaning Cat and kittens to the high school Only a small grey kitten to join us Guilty consciences for decades. Turns out the choice for the District Inspector of Education … More Going to Goroka