30 Sepitema Monite
Arrived home last night to an impromptu invite to my landlady’s for dinner. Saane also proudly displayed an amazing mat she has been working on for the last few months. These wonderful weavings made from the leaves of a plant found in most people’s backyards, are kept for ceremonial events and very special occasions and are highly valued.
Tour day started with jobs around town and a coffee at the Post Office where I checked for any mail. Wow what a surprise… A parcel Tracey had sent me back in April turned up today… While she was sitting there with me. It was a lovely birthday gift: a gorgeous red teapot, colourful wrap and little dotty bowl. Also a letter from another friend Timm that was sent back in July. Tonga Post we love you!!! A great start to our day!
The tides were low over on the East coast so we saw some fishing pigs in action. Kotoni did his ABC Tonga Time interview sitting in the van looking at the ancient Ha’amonga – Tonga’s coral Stone Henge.
We had fish and chips for lunch overlooking the raging sea at Keleti beach before heading to the blow holes which were going off big time. Ha’atafu beach on the Western coast had an amazing break over the reef with five surfers shredding the waves (I learned this lingo from my Byron friend Catherine’s boys Griff and Peri). The day ended in the garden at Marco’s pizzeria.
1 ‘Okatopa Tuesite
Kotoni and I went to school while the girls hit the marketi and shops. We had a little earth tremor mid morning but it was all over in a flash. As usual at school nothing wasn’t usual. After lunch we had dancing practice for the upcoming graduation. This was great fun and included waltzing, boot scooting and a little Scottish reeling.
We then stayed on until 5.00pm for the first day of a four session Red Cross First Aid course. Kotoni and I could barely keep our eyes open. Met the girls at Reload bar and ate yummy Korean feast at Frangipani before another late night talk fest.