Wednesday, May 15, 2013

MOTHER'S DAY AT THE NAKAMAL


We had arranged with some of our Ni-Van (Vanuatan) friends to celebrate Mother's Day up at the Nakamal on Sunday evening. The ladies decided we should all be wearing Vanuatan dress! Del provided one for Charlene...

 And Betty brought a great Mother Hubbard number for me!
 Charlene and Del have become great friends since Charlene arrived from the Philippines last November.
 Kim's dress was made for her by George's mother when they visited Vila a few years ago.
 It had been a very cold day, and we were even shivering in the house, so we were a bit worried about going to the Nakamal. But the fire was soon blazing in the drum, and we were sheltered by the trees, and we were as warm as toast.

Roany claimed a spot by the fire early in the piece, and did not leave it!
As usual, the kids all had a wonderful time playing together.
 Chrissie arrived a little later. She is with her daughter Julie. She is holding a bag I had made - there was one for each Mum that night. 
Before we said Grace, Alan conducted a little ceremony. He and Del sang a special song they had composed, and then Julie and Devenie presented us with garlands they had made that day.


 The food, as usual, was delicious, and there was heaps of it.

 Afterwards we all sang along with Alan on the guitar


 As it got late, we found ourselves telling ghost stories!

 It took a while to boil the kettle on the fire, but that cuppa was good!







1 comment:

bunks said...

Looks wonderful, happy belated Mother's day!

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