Potpot Village and Vitu Island Part 1

We are safely back on the mainland after our trip and this is part one of two reporting on the trip. As usual, click on the highlighted text to make the link to the written document.Potpot Village part 1

The following photo is of Paul, the Potpot village headman lighting his cigarette using a glowing ember in a piece of coconut palm leaf stem that he carries around for that purpose.

We are off back to Arawa on the 7th  – what to we don’t know- the Deputy Town Manager rang me to say that he had finally been able to establish that there was no money allocated for infrastructure work for 2011 – mavbe 2012! Unless we can find something worthwhile we may yet be back in NZ for the Rugby World Cup!

Take care


Change of plans



We are not going out to Vitu island and Potpot just yet – read about it in the attached exciting document! Also find out the results of last week’s competition ( there were no answers submitted – very disappointing but thanks to Lane for trying! )

The news back in Bougainville is that William Tukaku , the actor from Arawa who played Man Friday opposite Piers Brosnahan in Robinson Crusoe died. He was one of our neighbours and the VSA volunteers have been involved in the Haus Krai . ( I wonder if Piers heard about it?) We are likely to be out of touch for a couple of weeks from Wednesday so next posting will be delayed – apologies for this – but there should be lots of exciting things to report on!

A FINE EXAMPLE OF MANHOOD CAUGHT IN A SNEAK ATTACK – all right all right – what else should a man do on a warm humid Saturday afternoon??! (I can’t possibly show you the picture taken of Rosie in an unguarded moment – I know which side my bed is buttered!)

Christmas 2010 to New Year

Video of Bougainville Bamboo Band – click on link following

Happy new year to all of you our friends- may 2011 be a great vintage! You can view the latest ramblings  by clicking on the following high-lighted text  to take you to the report.

ChristmasNew year 2010

The other (previous)new posting is a review of the site and you might find the statistics interesting.It looks like we have a pretty successful blog as far as the number of postings and readers. Thank you for all your support in 2010 and I will try to keep you updated with interesting information so that you continue to  find it enjoyable to read through 2011! The other interesting thing was the number of people who searched for daveandrosie@wordpress.com (e-mail address) instead of daveandrosie.wordpress.com (web page) but it looks like they still managed to get through.

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,300 times in 2010. That’s about 10 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 32 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 167 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 207mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was July 21st with 159 views. The most popular post that day was Arawa Locals.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were shots.snap.com, Google Reader, statistics.bestproceed.com, facebook.com, and alphainventions.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for daveandrosie.wordpress.com, daveandrosie@wordpress.com, daveandrosie, daveandrosie wordpress blog, and daveandrosie@wordpress.com/.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Bougainville Bash March 2010


The Players and background January 2010