Lazy Friday, Saturday & Sunday on BENIsLAND

So I’ve been home since two weeks and haven’t been up to much other than co-managing the holiday programme for the Island kids. As usual, I learned a few things. The most important bit; if you like youth to participate, sometimes it is wiser to ask them to come and help out rather than just asking them to join.

In addition, I learned the trivial meanings of mini-beasts, mandala art and harakeke. The latter is the Māori word for New Zealand flax, and you can weave heaps of stuff out of this resource.

Weather-wise, it has been rather cold and windy, but I manage to keep the inside warm at 25 degrees Celsius. The quad isn’t starting, hopefully just a flat battery, and admittedly I enjoy both walking and carrying fire wood up to the site in a backpack.

Speaking of things that didn’t work before I left to Germany, and for reasons unknown to me didn’t fix themselves, the gas water heater also ceased working. Once again, I quite enjoy the cold showers…

The plan for today is to post this and cook a mean feed. Nothing much really, stay inside, maybe watch a movie. Should you be interested, I’ll be cooking a whole chicken, with veges, rice and coconut cream. All in one big pot, slowly cooked over the fire place with plenty of turmeric.

As of tomorrow, I need to stop being lazy and start sticking to a schedule. Plenty of things need to be done:

  • emptying the ground floor of the A-Frame & building the kitchen in the new verandah
  • build a small outhouse for a proper toilet and shower
  • sort out the disused septic tank
  • carry humus from the jungle to the garden beds
  • start working the soil and preparing for spring

Other than that I want to reserve a day per week for my web-sites and one for fishing/photographing, extend morning stretches/exercises and take the car to town to buy a washing machine amongst other things.

 So yeah, not that much really.

The featured image of this posts depicts a silvereye, also known as wax-eye.

The silvereye is also known as wax-eye. Seems to me just as abundant as kereru and kaka, which are said to be very endangered. I like the wax-eye. It eats stuff I don't and is rather quiet.
The silvereye is also known as wax-eye. Seems to me just as abundant as kereru and kaka, which are said to be very endangered. I like the wax-eye. It eats stuff I don’t and is rather quiet.

creekSpeaking of photos, check out The Great Barrier Island Photography Blog and its ‘IMAGE WALL‘.  I’m getting better at it…

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