Arts and Crafts in Arawa(2) This week we look at the local arts and crafts scene.IT WORKS NOW!
This past week featured my 62nd birthday – not a day to celebrate too much these days with the advancing years! Note the sweat stains on the shirt –
not your average balmyNZ summer evening!
Drama of the week has been Murray, our VSA area rep, flying off to Cairns to have a possible detached retina fixed and Russel a volunteer from Buka falling off his bicycle and nearly getting run over by a PMV – when I say nearly I mean nearly – he was concussed and had to have his ear sewn back on and later discovered in Cairns his jaw was broken, apart from numerous bruises and abrasions and a very sore shoulder. Another poor volunteer went to an interschool sports event, got dehydrated and seriously constipated – no go for a week! Poor lady is in some discomfort and Rosie and other volunteers have been rallying around to try to ” work it out” . We all seem to have plenty of anti- runs medicines but few for this problem!
It’s a little over a week before we travel to Buka – two days before the flight out – to reduce the risk of being caught by a flooded river!
Last week we also received a care parcel from son Chris and Caroline in France and a large box of books for Rosie’s school from Ros in Tawa. It was like Christmas!
Next week I hope to be able to report on a trip to the Panguna Mine – the reason for Arawa and the centre of the conflict that lead to its closure. I have been asked to help with a sewage problem the small community has, through the Arawa urban Council for whom I am working, and with the approval of the Regional Commissioner. ( all documented) This means I am not required to pay any of the ” tax” at the controversial Roadblock that blocks the way to the mine – which VSA specifically forbids me to do.
Thanks to all of you for your comments and support – except to the mouse who sliced a neat hole in the parcel from Chris and had a nibble of Salami and a French toffee somewhere between France and Buka! He obviously has high class taste!