Tuesday 13 August
Just another day at the ‘’office! Gina had kindly printed off a wad of photos we had sent home with my sister Tania on a USB drive and we handed them out to very happy recipients. Photo developing here is very expensive… about $1.20AUS for a 6×4.
Spent the evening playing with some of the watercolour pencils Timm left.
Mufti Day Wednesday 14 August
I am growing to love Wednesdays when the students are uniform free… although trying to teach a class that includes a male student wearing silver stilettos and a sparkly frock while another is in a kimono can be a tad distracting. The Fakaleitis are such fun and really embrace any opportunity to strut their stuff.
Cooking class tonight featured banana jam, coconut pie, Thai chicken salad and Italian baked veggies using part of the biggest marrow I have ever seen. The Royal Easter show judges would be drooling at this one! All went down well and again we are amazed how little they know about cooking outside of the Tongan staples.
Thursday 15 August
The Bishop presided over a special mass this morning and the choral singing was exquisite. Every morning for the past week we have been treated to glorious altos and sopranos practicing their hymns with melodious sounds wafting into the staff room. This is a nice change from the Pentecostals next door to our home who mainly sing badly or yell.
Parents and community people attended church service in the cathedral and then moved on to a feast at school in and around the Potluck restaurant. Some of the students had done a 24hr shift preparing flowers and food for this special feast day with about 200 mouths to feed. There was SO MUCH food yet no leftovers to be seen. This constantly amazes me. Where do they put all that food!!?? The Bishop later gave an inspirational talk in the assembly hall and Steve, Kotoni and I all got a thank you which was lovely. Not often one gets mentioned in dispatches by a Bishop.
Tuesday 13 August