|Bula Vinaka, we hope all is going well with everyone back home. |
This first picture was taken at a training meeting for the sister on our island Vitu Levu.
They're a special group of young women that we love a lot.
|We needed to go make arrangements for flats in two outer islands this last week. We flew into |
Taveuni on Friday April 5th (picture above of smallest airports we've experienced thus far)
|palm lined runway was pretty cool|
|This may look familiar, it's a pier by the Garden Island Hotel we've stayed at before, |
but I think Elder Hogge is looking pretty healthy and happy, and even posed for a picture for me.
|I read up on some of the animals in Fiji and was surprised when I saw this skink (lizard) there are tons of them on the sea wall by our hotel and they would run down between the rocks where the ocean splashed on them.|
|These are some carvings of tools used in early times by the Fijians that are on big shelves in the hotel lobby.|
Below, they put fresh flowers on our bed, the tables, in the bathroom each day, and since I love flowers,
I had to take a picture of them. They're is such a variety of beautiful flowers in Fiji
|This is about 15 inches long x 9 inches high.You aren't allowed to take any shells this size from Fiji |
and if you have one in your suitcase it would be seized and a heavy fine would be charged.
|Wildflowers growing on the side of the road inTaveuni|
|Historical Lali (drum that was used to communicate a long distance in earlier days)|
|In this village most of the houses had the same design fence on the porch but in different colors|
|Big Hibiscus on our table inthe room|
|This big piece of coral was on the path to our room|
|I love to collect shells and in Suva there are only pieces of coral. I saw this brown shell and was about to pick it up when it moved. A hermit crab was using it fora home. As I noticed other shells all of them were also moving.|
|another hermit crab|
|The view outside our room|
|This bush was in front of our hotel and was unique because it had large white blooms|
and small hot pink blooms on the same bush.
|Frangi Pani (plumeria)|
|Carvings outside the massage hut|
|This trailer is an eatery that holds only 2-3 customers but I'n told the Elders go there regularly.|
|These big clam shells are all around. This is in the lobby Garden Island where we stayed.|
|As we flew into our 2nd destination Kendavu, we flew by a volcanoe (top R corner) We were told that this was where King Kong (the 1st movie made in about 1930) was filmed. In front of it is Kong reef.|
|It was breezy and cool at the top and had a beautiful view of the second lagoon.|
|Mattresses to sleep on, a rusty drying rack that is starting to leave rust stains on their clothes (put 1 drying rack on your \list elder Hogge) They hang their flour in large buckets from the ceiling so the rats won't get into it.|
|Pine tree forrest on the side of the flat.|
|Kitchen. Elder Ravatamada (who is Fijian) made us some pumpkin curry for lunch and Elder Jack made some Roti.|
|On inspection of the support logs under the flat we discovered some cracks. The elders said when they have |
a big storm the flat kind of does the hula... I think it's time to find a new flat.
|We discovered it wasn't any easier going down ,and told the Elders as beautiful |
as the view is, we wouldn't be coming back to their flat anymore during this visit.
|Houses along the shore in Vunisea|
|Some Fijian women coolingoff in the water in their clothes. No one wears bathing suits here.|
|The bure we stayed in #8|
|This bure was next to ours and was double like a duplex and was used by one of the owners of Matana. |
They live in New Zealand and come for a visit one or two times a year and have villagers who cook,
clean and a manager it when they're back home.
|These two boats were near our bure and I wondered how they got them up here.|
|This little girl and her dad rode with us the next day when we returned to Vunisea. Her dad wanted her to move to a bench on the boat where he was sitting, and she gave him the stink face.|
|next thing ya know she was asleep.|
|Above their house is a leveled out area they wanted to build a bigger house before their house burned down.|
|Big limestone boulders outside their house. They didn't have doors, but had wood slats nailed to thedoor |
opening so their son wouldn't fall out (slats and door frame lower part of picture)
|View of the 1st Lagoon|
|Goats met us when we got out of the truck transport|
|Elder Jack and Lal's puppy|
|and of course theirs a few chickens hanging around|
|Sister Lal threw some grain out the door and they were there in a flash|
|Elder Ravatamada, Elder Hogge, Brother Lal, Elder Jack|
The church building. It has one room and when they break up
into RS, Priesthood and Primary they just go to
different areas of the room and each do their lessons.
|Outside of the church|
|These traditional bure's could be seen from brother Lal's house|
|I know this transport looks way cool, but it was so tall that we had to hold the loop above the door|
and pull hard to get up into the truck! It's great to grow old...
|Another great piece of driftwood that won't fit into my suitcase|
|The ceiling in our bure|
|Kendavu is the best place by far to find shells|
|Our room, we had a fan for a couple of hours in the evening when they ran the generator|
|The owner actually found a few postcards for me, but I thought I'd better send it this way, as the missionaries |
are still getting Christmas cards. Yes these are the fun shells I found on the beach on my daily walks
|This is Noah (the owners son). He loves to collect shells too and helped me find some good ones's|
|This was the market a central meeting place for the villagers|
|The site where Brother Lal's house/store burnt down|
|Kids getting out of school, shoes are optional|
|The boy on the left is carrying a cane knife. The children help to cut the grass around the school yard down.|
|The beach near the market|
|This was our transport earlier, and when it started to rain I was glad they used the other boat|
|Our trip to Taveuni and Kendavu was one of the most enjoyable one's we've had.|
We hope all is well with each of you Love Elder and Sister Hogge