Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Scampi, the new village dog

Meet Scampi, the relatively new dog in our village. The poor thing is not doing too well. He has a sore on his head, which isn’t healing and he is losing a lot of his fur which makes him look ugly and less loveable.

Scampi came to our village with his pregnant female owner who stayed in our village to be near the Health Centre to give birth there, and he never went home with her when she left. (Maybe gets treated slightly better in our village).

He was very afraid of people and wouldn’t let us get near to pat him for a while. We gradually won his trust and he lets us come close now, but he’s still a bit cautious, so we have a bit of work yet until he becomes confident around us. The poor thing, he wants to play, but then when we make playful movements, he gets frightened and runs away! He is quite a fearful dog, afraid of other things too, not just people.

In this picture he’s not looking too confident. Hopefully one day we can get a photo of him looking happy, and perhaps also with his coat in better condition.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Lighthouse at Irue

Since Irue is near the point of land that juts out, it could cause problems for ships at night, especially since there is also reef surrounding the land. Because of this, many years ago a lighthouse was built there. During the Bougainville crisis, the solar panels for powering the light were stolen and the lighthouse hasn’t been operating since then, so it’s not helping ships these days!

Anyway, when we were visiting Irue, we went for a walk to the point and saw the lighthouse. It’s not like the usual brick lighthouses that you usually picture. It’s just a tall steel structure with a light and whatever else at the top.

Some of the young people who walked with us enjoyed climbing up the lighthouse.

“Light for safe navigation Stay away”. Clearly this sign isn’t heeded. I guess it doesn’t matter since the lighthouse isn’t operational these days, although certainly there's safety issues with climbing it!

Climbing back down the ladder:

Lighthouse as seen from a bit further away:

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Our new village cat

We used to have a cat in the village, and then one day we noticed that it hadn’t been around for a while, and it never returned. Something must have happened to it. Since the cat wasn’t around anymore, rats began to become a problem in the house again, so Rebekah and I were wanting a new cat to keep the rats away. Thankfully a litter of kittens was born in a nearby village and when they were old enough, we took one back to the village with us.

First day in the village:

We think the cat’s a ‘she’. She doesn’t really belong to Rebekah and I, and we don’t take her travelling with us when we go to Buka, so she’s Joyce’s responsibility to feed mainly, but we’ll give her some of our leftover food if it’s suitable too.

A good lookout spot:

We named the cat ‘Kitokitoi’ which means ‘Firefly’ in Teop. She likes to receive pats, but I am allergic to cats and one time when I succumbed to her cuteness and gave her some pats, I suffered for it afterwards, with hayfever. She needs to be in the house to keep the rats away, so I hope that her presence inside doesn’t affect me too much.

Playing with a coconut husk:

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Village views

Irue, the village I mentioned a couple of blog posts ago, is always in view from Hiovabon (unless there are thick clouds). Here is a photo which shows the stretch of land that Irue is on, leading to ‘the point’. To give you a sense of distance, it took only 9 minutes to get there by motor boat.

From Hiovabon, we don’t have a very big view of open ocean to watch ships sailing past, only a small bit between the point and Teop Island (on the right in the photo below).

We could see Hiovabon from Irue too. In the photos below, Hiovabon is circled, with an arrow pointing to it (in case you can’t see the circle).

Teop Island is the land mass on the left in this photo.