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The set activities.

Wonderland by Night – a bus picked us up in town and took us out to where the event would take place.  We were given a short explanatory talk and if you are unable to walk or may find the incline difficult you can take the ‘moon buggy’.  Our host was Archie Bigg.  The walk is through a tropical setting and along the way there are displays depicting several things relative to Norfolk.  At each stop Archie recites poetry – his own poetry.  There is a short film at one point with a recitation accompaniment with some of the Norfolk language.  Towards the end the area is lit by lots of fairy lights in the trees.  Eventually we stop at a shed with a display of old wares and have a cup of tea or coffee and cake.  We were lucky to finish the evening just as a shower of rain came through.

Progressive Dinner  –  I enjoy this activity as this is where the residents take you into their homes.  Our first stop was Terry’s a lovely home looking out to Philip Island.  Pity that it was getting dark by the time we arrived so didn’t see a lot of the view but enjoyed entrees and sherry – at the conclusion of eating and drinking the host explains how they came to be involved on the Island and some of their family history.  The next stop was Tracey’s (sister to Terry) – again a lovely home here we sat down to our main meal which was roast chicken and vegetables and then Sam, Tracey’s husband talked about his participation in island life and the fishing exploits of the islanders.  Our last stop was for dessert at Tina’s.  A home design by Tina and her brother and built by her father it features the native Norfolk Pine for dessert we had coconut pie and cream then tea or coffee.  A wonderful hospitable evening.

Fish Fry.  A bit disappointing as we didn’t get to have the evening at Puppies Point.  The afternoon saw rain come in and to ensure that the evening wasn’t a total loss the event was moved to the South Pacific Hotel.  There was a singer Trent Christian and some Tahitian dancing and of course some beautiful food which included Pilli which is a banana dish and also sweet potatoes with coconut.  The fish was a mixture of Kingfish and Trumpeter and it was absolutely beautiful and plenty of it.

Artists Trail.  This was a new tour for us.  We first visited John Christian – bone carver – and learnt about the history and symbolism of the carving of bones.  Very interesting and well told.  John is currently designing the islands own Tiki and whilst he had several draft examples the final is still to come.  Our next artists were the Rives, a potter and jewelry maker.  Both told their stories and we inspected their produce.  I bought a beautiful necklace depicting the Norfolk Pine in glass.  Our third stop was the Tattooist – George.  George is a native of Tahiti and explained the symbolism and history behind the tattoo as well as showing us his art work and performing on the nose pipe and reciting some poetry.  We also had tea and bun for afternoon tea. The last stop of the day was the cyclorama where the artists explained their work as well as the history of the Norfolk Island postage stamps.  Whilst we had visited the cyclorama separately in a previous visit the second visit did not disappoint and the additional stamp information was very interesting.

My individual foray to Fletcher’s fate was also enjoyable but you really need the right sort of people to participate in the evening and also the meal whilst enjoyable could have been hotter.

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