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Happy 2016

Posted on January 3, 2016 at 8:35 PM

Its been a while since I posted on my blog and one by one my followers have dispersed but I do get the occassional contact via email.

One of the reasons I have slowed to almost a stop is because our internet charges are high and the upload or down load is so slow.

Nevermine an email is always welcome and enquiry about our site of shop is most welcome.

2016 started of with the ringing of the bell in the square right next to our house and the few who gathered singing. The morning dawned a beautiful day and the highlight of my day was swimming in Bounty bay with our Cushana and family joining in. The afternoon was a treat and we spent the late afternoon under the big Brazillizn almond known to us as Big Mango. The shared dinner was superb and the jokes and laughter creamed the days end.

We wish you all a Happy New Year and may the spirit of the season bring you all happiness and a positive future.

EU license now valid

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 3:00 PM

It took us 13 month to be put back on the EU license list.

After many emails and phone calls we have battled our way back on the EU list again.

Thank you to all involved in getting us that place.

The 1st internationa Bounty Festival

Posted on November 23, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Tahiti here we come. 3 PI delegates collected our heavy bulging suitcases and headed through the arrival door to be swamped with hugs, leis and good will. Beni and Teresa Huber were there to greet us as well as our Family Alda & Millie. Madzia & Simon were filming as we burst through the doors. the Tahit press and a few independent reporters as well as visitors who came to PI earlier were eager to meet the 3 of us who have travelled 5 days to be in Tahiti. To get this far it was a quadbike ride to Bounty bay. a canoe trip to the yach- a yach sail for 3 days- truck-ferry and plane.


Beni and Teresa took us to Royal Tahitian where we checked in and settled before heading into the pool. ah Ca beat et.

Dinner was an experience as the meals were huge and thinking it was a starter, mains and dessert turned into a big belly full of delicous food.

Plans the next day to walk to the James Norman Hall museum and have lunch with Nancy & Nick. Maurice Bligh to join us. we met Vivienne and the other girls at the museum, walk to Carrefour and then back to the hotel. a 3 mile trekk but the swimming pool was oh so worth it.


1st international Bounty Festival October 2013

Posted on November 23, 2013 at 2:40 PM


On the 17th October 2013 the sailing yacht Concinelle arrived from Mangareva and hove of the Island for a few hours.

Gilles ruffets mission was to pick up the 3 Bounty delegates, Mike & Brenda Lupton Christian and myself. Heather Menzies the Tourism Coordinator joined us in Tahit on the evening of 23rd.

The Concinelle sailed us to mangareva in fine time and we were alongside the warf at 5am on the morning of the 20th. when the bakery opened for trade we were there to buy frsh bagets and juice for breakfast. Yum. The nice breakfast over we ofloaded our bags soon had our accomodation sorted, luggage loaded on the truck and being zoomed over the hill and on the otherside of Mangareva to a quiet spot. Staying at the Pension Maori we quickly dumped our bags inside our bungalos and headed for the lagoon a few meters from our bungalo. The simple pleasure of swiming in the lagoon and refreshing ourselves after 3 days of yacht life is such a treat.

We walked a bit after a nice lunch and then rested a bit enjoying the company of our host as well as our chef. friendships were quickly made and we enjoyed the beauty of Mangareva. the next day we went to Rikitea and did some chores we needed to do at the Postoffice and deliveries to Edmonds Shop. we Met the Mayoress Monique and she quickly invited us for lunch at Jojos cafe.

Relations between PI and Mangareva meldinging into the ever strengthing bond we wandered the settlement greeting folks we befriended on other trips. Greating cousins and friends. We had a wonderful lunch and then were driven to Terry Youngs grave by the Mayors aid. Monique joined us before heading back to work.

A walk down to the church and then back to the warf where we met with Gilles and his family. so we then trod back to meet the girls at school and then for a walk to the Stadium. The weather started to turn so we headed back and the kids were tired. Back to Jojo's for a nice icecream.

Franscois found us there and we went back to the pension with her as it had started to bucket down with rain.

A nice relaxing afternoon and internet was working. Bags packed and ready for the next days flight out to Tahiti.

Beautiful day for flying and we were soon winging our way to Tahiti. 

Pulau school first Tapa exhibition.

Posted on August 24, 2013 at 9:15 PM

In the hall on 16th August 2013, the first Tapa, Hattie leaves, Felting and other art work was on displayed. spearheaded by Pitcairn's culture teacher myself, Teacher Ms Hilary and pre school Teacher Carol. with help from Roger, the Town Hall turned from a topsy turvy meeting hall into a full blown art exhibition. This year at culture class we made Tapa from Aute bark and made natural dyes. we painted designs onto our tapa pieces using Doodwi nut smoke, doodwi bark dye and Tumeric ginger dye. all made here from natural trees and plants

The Children were fascinated as each class was different and they learnt all the skills of making Tapa, pounding out their pieces using their Eei made from wood.

A full turn out at 1 pm on 16th Aug set the mode for a happy weekend. Thank you all for attending the first Tapa exhibition held on PI. Thank you talented children of PI you make me so happy.

update Aug 2013

Posted on August 24, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Hi all,

Where did the year go.... Its been full on and life have been full on here on Pitcairn so sorry if you my readers have been let down with me posting less on webs and more on facebook.


This month we had an exciting time with school art exhibition. ......


Posted on June 10, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Hi all in EU countries. With the EU license still unsure, you can purchase PI honey from my friends in Poland. Please visit they have a new shipment in stock.


Best regards



Posted on May 18, 2013 at 6:20 PM

French navy ship came last month and wowee it was here Saturday & sunday April 27th & 28th.

Early on Sunday morning the wirring of the chopper flew over PI.

Great excitement for us all.

Here the Pitcairners and departing French guest waited for the helicopter to up lifte the ones who stayed overnight on the island. the seas were rough and the longboat had a hard time alongside. was not safe to ofload the guest onto the ship.

EU Testing

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Just when we had everything ticking along nicely, our Honey agreement with EU expired and although the officials were notified at the begining of the year, nothing was done immediately so now when it expires tomorrow we will have to wait for a new license to ship Honey into Europe..

Hugh regrets to the European honey lovers.

We hope this will be sorted soon and with new signed agreements can be ready for our September shipment.

Please email me in August to confirm if we are shipping to Europe.



Tull et like et es.

Posted on April 13, 2013 at 4:05 PM

The year speeds by and so much to be done.

Our small Island have seen cruise ships call in. the battle against the many virus and flu that followed.

The Tall ship Picton Castle calling in stopping for mussa a week with it variety of crew members from different countries and old friends returning.

We continued on celebrating with the new pastor and his wife from Taha, Jean Claude & Esperance. a bit of a different touch and already The church is sounding much livelier than last year. She is back in her Island awaiting for the arrival of their first child and he will leave us in June. Our wish is that they can return as they are good for our little community and we all have something to share with each other.

Returning Pitcairners come to see family and stay a short while is good for our wellbeing.


Running of Time management meetings have helped the community think on a different approach to how we manage the many chores here on the Island.


The weather is getting cooler and we are setting up for our fall and winter gardens. sharing seedlings and sharing gardening tips. Jean Claude have produced many pak choi cabbage which many of us seasoned gardens think what are we doing wrong.


The last of the cruise ships for this season is looming close. 26th will see us out and about entertaining  the 1200 passengers that are likely to come onto PI. The following day we have a French Naval ship visiting.

When people ask how do I spend my day on PI......Well I have just taken time out of my day to say I m sitting on a lounge chair on the deck writing this piece for my blog.

The phone will so jingle hurrying Mum and I up for the family lunch planned last night after a family feast so dear readers enjoy. I hope to be able to have a few more days like today so I can share a bit of my PI lifestyle with you.

NO post means a lot is going on.