LAST DAYS IN FIJI – FEBRUARY 1, 2016

LAST DAYS IN FIJI – FEBRUARY 1, 2016

LAST DAYS IN FIJI – FEBRUARY 1, 2016

On February 1st, 2016 my 4-month Tourist Visa was expiring so I decided to move on to join other travel friends in Vietnam.

Here are some photos of my last days at Ovalau Holiday Resort, near Levuka Town on Ovalau Island in Fiji.  Most of the photos are dated and were taken in the weeks before I left.

I had a wonderful 4 months at the resort and want to thank the owners, STEVE and ELESI, for their enthusiasm and willingness in making it all happen. Also, I would like to thank their staff, especially Viren and his delightful family, and Nainasa.

I WISH YOU ALL GOOD LUCK IN THE FUTURE.  I WILL FOREVER REMEMBER YOU ALL.

LEVUKA TOWN, UNESCO World Heritage Site,
Ovalau Island, Fiji Islands – Jan. 2016

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OVALAU HOLIDAY RESORT,
Ovalau Island, Fiji Islands – January 2016

Beach BBQ with Kids – Anakat, Wendy, Eric, Christian and me

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Main House on Hill, Night of Full Moon

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Our Bure, My Garden at the Front  (Dec. 2015), Cucs on our Porch & Our View of Ocean (Jan. 2016)

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Ocean on Different Days – Same View from Front of Resort Bar/Restaurant – Jan. 2016

VIREN’S SPECIAL DINNER – January 31, 2016

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New Year 2016 – Storm & My BD

New Year 2016 – Storm & My BD

On New Years late Eve and Day had a bad Tropical Depression that was an almost-cyclone. It started late on New Years Eve and continued into New Years Day. Power out, high seas and strong wind, a few roofs off, trees down and, unfortunately, some fishermen drowned. My garden was a bit bedraggled looking from the high winds and salt air. No serious damage right here but we had planned a BBQ/BD party here at the resort which had to be cancelled. I did have a wonderful cake for my BD that Wendy baked the day before when we had power. Finally the power came back on late that day and all was well after that….only the mess outside to clean up. Here are a few photos I took that day.

New Years Day 2016

New Years Day Storm 2016

Garden after Jan.1 Storm

Garden after Jan.1 Storm

MY BIRTHDAY CAKE … (Please Don’t Ask)

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THE HOLIDAY TREE I MADE FROM 260 PIECES OF SEA GLASS FROM THE BEACH

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Sea Glass Holiday Tree and Elesi

 

Christmas Day Fiji – 2015

Christmas Day Fiji – 2015

GREAT CHRISTMAS DAY 2015 in FIJI

Nice Hot Sunny Day – Swimming was Great !

 

OUR HOSTS AND RESORT OWNERS, STEVE AND ELESI DISTON

To you both: thanks for hosting such a wonderful traditional FIJIAN LOVO dinner and Drinks.

To you both: thanks for hosting such a wonderful traditional FIJIAN LOVO dinner and Drinks

Elesi and I during dinner preparation (me watching!!)

Steve and Lesi with Viren and Pravina Prasad and some of their children. Viren is Steve’s all-round Caretaker/Handiman/etc. He organized the dinner and the LOVO which was a lot of work that day.

Wendy and I on left and Lesi and family on right. For the dinner we had dalo (taro) Pig’s leg and ribs, several whole chickens and wonderful palusami…..all cooked in the LOVO in the traditional way!! Plus 3 delicious cakes and a large custard pie, all homemade, with ice cream.

Photos of Where I am Staying in Fiji

Photos of Where I am Staying in Fiji

Here are a few random photos I took last week to show everyone where I am staying in Fiji.

This is our Bure (bungalow). Note the Canadian flag!! There are 2 bedrooms, a kitchen, livingroom and a washroom. A nice porch, hot water shower and fans. Usually a nice wind from the ocean.

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This is the view from our bure looking from the porch to the beach.

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Beach is to the right of the road which doesn’t have much traffic.

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View from the road. The owner’s (Steve Diston from England) big house on the hill (what a view of the sunrise and the reef). There is a swimming pool/patio/bar/bbq enclosed behind the lattice fenced area. Low building on left is the bar/restaurant which looks towards the ocean.

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View from the bar/restaurant towards the 5 bures. Our bure is the one on the right side. There is another 3 bedroom self-contained suite in the owner’s house on the hill.

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This is looking at the bures from the road. Ours is in the middle and the other half of the bar/restaurant is on the right.

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Beach at extreme low tide one day it was really windy too. I was trying to do a BD card for my grandson Caelan but my camera operator was too far away!!

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Fresh fish from the one of the village boats. Wendy, I and one of the resort workers preparing the fish. 4 big reef fish for $13.00Cdn.  Eating fish every day for a week isn’t so bad.

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L-R – Resort manager and co-owner, Lesi Destin, and 3 staff (Kala, Viren and Nai) preparing a luncheon meal for a government function about to take place in the restaurant/bar.

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I sent this photo as my BD card to my grandson Caelan. It was taken at extreme low tide on a very windy day.Photo1

Bye for now, Marilyn

 

Summer 2015 Stuff and Finishing Off the Garden with A Little Canning and Vinegar Making

Summer 2015 Stuff and Finishing Off the Garden with A Little Canning and Vinegar Making

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I again had a very busy summer 2015 here in Point Roberts. I had many visits from friends and family (so good to see my 3 grandsons). My good friend Jean was a great help/encourager, as was Jordan (ceiling painter & electrical) and Darcy when he could (especially Laurel sprout sprayer). I painted the whole inside of the house which involved caulking all the trim, doors and windows as it was never done before. Also, the ceiling in the living room is very high and it took many trips up/down a very long ladder to finish the 2 big beams and side wall peaks.  It has made the whole place look so much brighter and bigger….not to mention the great feeling of satisfaction is has given me to look at it. Now that is done I know I will definitely be able to relax more next summer.

Last summer’s DIY renovations (with a hired local handyman, of course) were ‘enough of that’ for me with all the work of building a roof on patio, removing carpets, laminate down on all floors, then tile floor, back splash and counters in kitchen, new bathroom sink/counter/toilet, tearing out old monster brick wood stove & installing new airtight wood stove. Not to mention the ripping out of the giant 12′ high, 12′ thick half-way-around-the-property Laurel bush ‘hedge’.  It was a lot of work that summer too. I was sure glad when it was over, and I was then off to Cambodia and Laos in October.  Travelling around those countries for 6 months was a wonderful experience for me. I could write a book on it but life goes forward, not backward, so I will continue on in the present here.

Jean and I in a Victoria Garden for dinner – July/15

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I tried to start this blog while I was in Cambodia but didn’t ?!? so here I am now and it is almost the end of September and I am taking off soon to Fiji. I am going to the same place I was at 2 years ago for the 2013-14 winter.

My garden got off to a slow start with cold spring nights, but my different leafy things grew well, as did the snow peas, green and purple beans, cucumbers, strawberries, raspberries. There was a drought from June until about 2 weeks ago so the tomatoes only started to ripen about 1-1/2 weeks ago.  I pickled green tomatoes, snow peas, beans and, of course, cucs. Then I just hot-packed the first few bottles of tomoto sauce.  I have just started to get into making real vinegars (not ‘flavoured’). I have some apple vinegar, white wine vinegar, raspberry vinegar and blackberry-apple vinegar, all made with fresh fruit except the wine vinegar. I will leave them to mature while I am away this winter.

I am now working hard to finish up around here and there is a long list of things that have to be done before I go away. I don’t know how to prune raspberries so will have to look that up on the ‘net. The woodstove is on now as it is getting cool.

Dinner Outside Aug/15 (l-r) Trevor, Caelan, Darcy, Jordan n Me

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