The main topic of this post is about some of the more exotic fruits and vegetables we come across, plus a brief report on a walk Dave undertook with friends in the Arawa area, plus our latest venture into surrogate grand-parenting! As usual click on the highlighted text to work through to the written report!Fruitfully yours May 2011
On Dave’s work front, we are still trying to access funding to do some projects , although it looks like we will shortly have enough to make a small start. The promised millions from the PNG government is supposed to be starting to arrive next month- however I am not holding my breath waiting for it.
PNG news continues to be full of murders, robberies and jail-breaks, with politicians being feted for handing out the millions of Kina they are allocated each year to spend on projects they approve of. It seems like a recipe for political cronyism and corruption. Latest article was on a group of armed off-duty soldiers trashing a Service Station and causing millions of Kina’s worth of damage.
Some government departments are being relocated from Buka to Arawa and there is currently a Land Summit taking place in Arawa to try and work through the quagmire that constitutes land ownership in its various forms in Bougainville. This has been largely organised by Sarah a young VSA volunteer, with remarkable tenacity, tact and drive. It would be nice to think that something positive comes out of the discussions, but considering the complications, things may take a while longer to resolve.
Power pylons are being restored and wires run so it may not be too long before we have 24hr power!
A chipped tooth and lost filling has caused me a few problems but it looks like the local New Zealand trained dental nurse will be able to clean it up and fill it for me. Here’s hoping it all goes well or it may be a trip to Port Moresby or further for further treatment.