Norfolk Day 8 … Hens and Bucks

Feb 26, 09 Norfolk Day 8 … Hens and Bucks

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Last night was Marielle & Sylvan’s Hens & Bucks party …. and did they go with a bang! The boys kicked off with paintball (& beers) at about 3 in the afternoon …. & man was it FUN, FUN FUN ! The overalls weren’t much  protection at all and so we all got our t-shirts & shorts liberally “redecorated” with various paint colour, in addition to the huge purple bruises we all got from the paintballs . Plus after crawling through a creek which was ankle deep in mud & goo I finished up in a truely ‘glorious’ state for the rest of the evening 😀 . The bridegroom to be was of course dressed up by the best man in a white dress & veil so we could all identify him more easily for target practice. Honours were pretty much even between the red & blue teams although my moment of glory came when I captured the red team’s flag & was half way back to our base when I was unfortunately brought down by a hail of red team paintballs. We then adjourned for a barbie (&beer)  & re-dressed the bridgroom in a lovely little nightie after tieing a heavy chain around one of his ankles. We then moved on to one of the local clubs to play Guitar Hero on their massive overhead screen. It was at this point that Sylvan was further trussed up like a turkey & led to the roundabout in the centre of town & left for a while, much to the amusement of a passing busload of tourists who also came back to watch. Unbeknownst to Sylvan a little “arrangement” had been made with the local police. So after we’d blindfolded & tied him to a palm tree in the middle of the main high street the police duely turned up, “arrested” him, bundled him in the back of the police car & drove off, sirens going.He was eventually delivered back to us at the campsite...

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Norfolk Day 7

Feb 24, 09

We spent a great day down at Emily bay on the south coast snorkeling. Emily bay is naturally enclosed by a huge reef and we were able to snorkel right up to it where the waves were crashing against it on the other side. The marine life we saw was incredible; highly coloured parrot fish , Angel Fish and numerous other shoals of brightly coloured fish along with the beautiful towering sides of the coral reef itself. The water was warm & crystal clear so we could dive right down to inspect the lower levels of the coral. I bought a disposable underwater camera and had reeled off 20 or more shots in minutes. Fingers crossed they’ll come out ok as aiming it isn’t exactly an exact...

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Norfolk Day 5 … Reunion

Feb 22, 09 Norfolk Day 5 … Reunion

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The whole family has now finally arrived in Norfolk! Ma & Pa, Gerard & Herma all flew in from New Zealand today. Gerard & Herma have spent just over 4 weeks touring New Zealand whilst Ma & Pa flew in direct from Schiphol via Hong Kong. We’ve celebrated tonight in true Aussie style by having a ‘barbie’ We’ve moved from our temporary accomodation in with the four of them into a very swanky holiday home literally next door to Marielle & Sylvan. The grounds of our holiday home will also be the location for Marielle & Sylvans wedding reception. The Hen and Stag (or Bucks as they call it here) night is planned for Wednesday. The guys are going paintballing followed by a barbie …. the hens are having some sort of pyjama party....

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Norfolk Day 2

Feb 19, 09 Norfolk Day 2

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Annelies slept for nearly 14 hours solid last night and caught up on some much needed rest. We took it quite easy today did a little shopping before Annelies met up with Dee (one of the bridesmaids), Dee’s Mum, Nari & Judith( another of Marielle’s bridesmaids) to look over the location for the Wedding ceremony & wedding reception. The wedding ceremony is going to take place in a lovely location on one of the cliff edges under a beautiful stand of trees. Marielles friends seem to have organized everything for her and we’ll all be pitching on on the day to help decorate & prepare things. In the afternoon we headed down to Emily bay with Marielle, Judith & River. The water as ever was crystal clear and lovely and warm and I managed to do some snorkling over the reef there and saw quite a few exotic looking fish. So all in all ….. another good day!...

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A dozen and counting …

Feb 19, 09

… that’s mozzie bites. The local insect population seem to like Guernsey blood. They seem to be pretty partial to Dutch blood too as Annelies thinks she may have even more than me.

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Touchdown ….

Feb 19, 09

Well we’ve finally arrived in Norfolk Island. It’s great to be back and although it’s been over 4 years since we’ve been here everything seems so familiar. Weathers not been too good , relatively speaking of course :-D, but it’s still about 25C and very humid. We picked up our hire car yesterday and in true Norfolk tradition it makes several strange clanking and whistling noises, but hey it goes and that’s all that matters eh ? Mariëlle and Sylvan have got to work today (Thursday) and tomorrow but then they have 2 weeks off. Ma & Pa along with Gerard & Herma arrive on Sunday so the family party can really begin then!! It was lovely to see River again, last time we saw him he was only 8 months old and now he’s just over 2. Uncle Rob & Aunty Annelies have already volunteered for some babysitting duties. We’re staying in some temporary accomodation at the moment pending the arrival of the rest of the family on Sunday when the 6 of us will move into a rented house right next to Marielle & Sylvan. Futher updates to follow...

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Sydney …

Feb 17, 09 Sydney …

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We’ve had another great day exploring around Sydney. We took a ferry from Darling Harbour across the bay to Taronga Zoo where we got to see alot of the Ozzy native wildlife up close: Koala’s; crocodiles; possums; emus; wallabies & of course Kangaroos. Annelies even got to stroke a kanga & we were both allowed to climb into the enclosure with the Koala Apparently they sleep for 20 hours a day !! …. my kind of animal! 😀 The best one for me though was seeing a Red Panda (aka Firefox!!)After this we headed back across the bay to the Sydney Opera House for a closer look … very impressive indeed. Unfortunately the weather was quite rainy but it still managed to beat a good summers day at home. Tomorrow we’re flying to Brisbane & then off to Norfolk Island. Gotta be up @ 3:45 in the morning (ugh!!) to catch the Brisbane...

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Return to Oz

Feb 16, 09 Return to Oz

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Back in Australia again after 4 years and yet it only seems a short while ago that we were here on our 7 week long expedition to New Zealand, Australia and of course Norfolk Island. The trip across from Hong Kong went very smoothly considering we were sitting next to a chattie Aussie who told us he was holding his own personal competition to see how much beer he could ‘blag’ from the crew….. 5 ‘tinnies’ as it happens! Darling Harbour in Sydney is much as we remember it, quite charming. Tomorrow we’re thinking of taking a boat trip across the bay and visiting Sydney Opera House, something we didn’t manage to do on our last...

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The Land of the Little People

Feb 14, 09 The Land of the Little People

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Hong Kong was a welcome and interesting stop over on the long journey down to Oz. A place where a Guernseyman can actually feel tall. The sites and smells (and there were plenty of those) were intriguing. So many people and so much life all packed into a very small space with multi-level roads and flyovers and overhead pedestrian walkways all ingeniously inter-woven together. Not an inch of space is wasted with swimming pools, tennis courts and gardens packed on to the tops of many of the buildings. A 30 to 50 floor tower block almost seems the norm here. We spent our one full day exploring on an open top bus tour that took us around Hong Kong Island and across to the Chinese mainland via ferry through Kowloon Harbour. Although formally handed back from Britain to China in 1997 it’s still incredibly British; Red double deck buses driving on the left; School kids in English school uniforms and various British institutions much in evidence. The shopping streets teem with life with huge gaudy neon signs filling every space on the densely packed streets. Unfortunately the weather was very cloudy with many of the taller skyscrapers being lost in the clouds. It’s an interesting city but certainly not a place for the claustrophobic !          ...

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