Thursday, June 28, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
I am a little late with this posting, but June 10 -the Monday before last - was St Barnabas' Day.
We were reminded of it when our friend "Beef"(John) Buffett, who recently visited the Solomons to assist with the clean-up after the Tsunami, said he had an email from one of the priests in St Barnabas' Cathedral in Honiara, and he had mentioned that they would be celebrating St Barnabas Day.
This is a somewhat significant day to us, because it is the name of the old Melanesian Mission Patteson Memorial Chapel here on Norfolk Island, and it is where Bernie and I worship each Sunday morning.
When the Melanesian Mission was establishing its headquarters here on Norfolk Island in the 1860's, they were granted 1000 acres of land. The site for their main buildings and school was chosen on St Barnabas' Day, and the name stuck. When the Memorial Chapel was being built in the late 1870's,(in memory of the martyred Bishop John Coleridge Patteson) it was intended to change the name, but both scholars and staff had become fond of the old name and the association with Saint Barnabas the Apostle, and so it was retained. And when the headquarters of the Melanesian Mission, which eventually became the Diocese of Melanesia, moved to the Solomons, they also kept the name for their main centre of worship.
The point of all this story is to say that I chose- with a degree of serendipity - St Barnabas' Day to work on this month's pages for the Round Robin Fabric book group I am participating in. This month, I am contributing to the book for Diana Bahler, who lives in Wellington, New Zealand. Diana's theme is "Saints." I decided to feature the two saints who are significant to Norfolk Island. Saint Barnabas, and also Saint Phillip Howard, after whom our local Roman Catholic church is named. Here are the pages for Saint Barnabas. The second one shows his missionary journeys, and the chain symbolises his eventual martyrdom. The lace dates back to the 1930's and was a gift from a friend.
Saint Philip Howard (shown below)was a Duke of Norfolk, and died in the Tower of London for his allegiance to the Church of Rome during the Reformation. Our local Roman Catholic church used to be known as "Sacred Heart" but a few years ago, the late Duke of Norfolk himself, Miles Howard, a descendant of Philip Howard, came to Norfolk Island for the occasion of the name change. I actually met the Duke on two or three occasions, and even sat with him at dinner one evening! Bernie and I have an amusing memory of when we were first introduced to this fine gentleman. He asked Bernie if he was descended from Fletcher Christian, and when Bernie said yes, the Duke reached out his arms, grasped Bernie's shoulders, and said: "Oh, let me touch you! You are famous!"
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Confirmation is often regarded as a sort of rite of passage for a young person, but in fact, it is a very significant time when they confirm for themselves the promises that were made for them on their behalf at baptism. It is a very joyful occasion when someone is welcomed into the church family in this way.
Last night was indeed a very happy celebration, when four of our young people were confirmed in St Barnabas' Chapel by our regular-visiting Bishop, Rob Forsyth. Three of the confirmees were actually great-nephews of Bernies, and was he proud as they made their promises and affirmations loudly and clearly.
James, Nathan, Stephen and Jessica cut their special cake, with the Chaplain and the Bishop watching on.
Kik and Uncle Tom are obviously enjoying the "wetls" (food)
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Thelma breaks the seal on her personal message from the Queen...the first of many congratulatory messages from V.I.P.'s.
But for today, the Very Important Person was definitely Thelma herself!!
Monday, June 11, 2007
We tend to associate hunter gathering as a stone age activity, essential for physical survival. But when you think about it, it still goes on today, although in our society most of it takes place in our malls and our supermarkets.
Yes, we do have our supermarket, but it is the spirit of sharing what we have grown and gathered that keeps our Norfolk community very special.
For Bounty this year, we enjoyed
*fish caught by John and his mates last weekend
*Hi-Hi (periwinkles) gathered from the rocks for us by our friend Pedro
*pies made from limes from Edie and Jack, and lemons from our trees
*pumpkin grown by Peter
*Pork from Simon's Water
*Ham from Farmer Lou's piggery - ordered last week
*Yams and cassava and plun (bananas) from Charles' traditional garden at the Pitcairn settler's Village
*Oranges from Jo and Glen's tree
*Avocadoes from Barbara and Ken Nobbs' trees (ours are a little late)
That is just the start of it. Here are a few pics of some of the traditional foods we enjoyed!
Pumpkin pilhi and ripe plun pilhi
Hi-hi pie, green plun pilhi, cassava, yams, mudda (steamed green banana dumplings), Tahitian fish, baked kumera and loads of other goodies!
Everyone starts filling their plates...there are 35 of us, but there is enough to feed an army!
Saturday, June 09, 2007
WILLIAM'S FIRST BOUNTY DAY 2007
Bounty Day is the most important day of the year to Norfolkers. It is the day they celebrate who they are, their heritage and culture, and their pride in their Norfolk Island home. Not even the rain ....very welcome in many ways....could deter them from celebrating in the usual fashion. In fact, the showers abated long enough for the re-enactment of the landing at the pier, the parade through the old Kingston settlement, and the gathering at Government House to all take place. It was not until the time for the picnic that the showers began again, and many families gathered up their baskets, hampers and eskies, and retreated to their homes and other shelter to enjoy their feast.
The day's activities are probably best told in pictures.
Charles drove the old Model A-Ford Truck (Norfolk's first tourist 'bus') for those whose legs would no longer carry them the distance. Some of the kids hitched a ride on the running board.
Meanwhile, a 'Pitcairn' wheelbarrow proves a great means of transport for babies and toddlers!
It was William's very first Bounty Day, and he enjoyed a cuddle from 97 year old 'Girlie" Nobbs.
And one from Auntie Vonnie Grube
And another from his Dad
And he enjoyed being on the front seat of the old Ford with his Mum!
In my next posting, some mouth-watering tales of our picnic-at-home!
Monday, June 04, 2007
Helen Sampson has put her knitting skills to good use to create a Rainbow Serpent
Hilary's Pirate, made completely from Pizza dough, is hoping it will not rain too much!
One of the McRitchie's entries, called "Follow Me" has plaster cast feet and hands leading up to some goodies in the branch of the tree. The hand and foot prints, which graduate in size, are from impressions made from William (10 weeks) Sienna (21 months) and Teddy (nearly 4)
Kaye Wood's moth, part of an exhibit showing the lifecycle, perches on the fence and enjoys the magnificent view of the coastline.
Enjoying a cuppa and refreshmentsTruly, on this island, creativity abounds...and the wonderful spirit of participation makes it all happen!!