Saturday, January 28, 2012

Computer in the village

These days technology is making more things available, and as I have mentioned before, we have a small netbook computer and solar panels for charging it, which means that our translation team can work on typing up and editing drafts while in the village. It is more convenient than having to travel to Buka to do it, so it is a great blessing.

Here’s a photo of Ailyne using the computer to edit a draft translation.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Preparing pandanus leaves for weaving mats

There’s quite a process involved in preparing pandanus leaves to be used in weaving mats. One of the steps is to dry them out thoroughly and I got involved in doing that.

After drying flat for a day, we dry them rolled up so that they will be flexible and not brittle when completely dry. We roll them up and flick them out so that they stay rolled but more of the leaf sees the sun.

Here I am rolling the leaf up:

About to flick the leaf out:

The leaf has come out but is still wound up. You can see the ones I have already done on the ground as well as the ones that are still waiting to be done.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Namasiora views

We visited an inland village called Namasiora one Sunday and shared during a combined church service (four denominations were represented). On our way to Namasiora there was some nice views and we could see Teop Island. The following two photos show the view.

From a distance:

Closer up:

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Children's Day

On 20 November last year, we celebrated Children’s Day after the church service. (The UN has marked 20 November of every year as Universal Children’s Day). We heard children reading out what the rights and responsibilities of children are, and there was lots of songs and dances. Here are some photos of the celebrations.

Children decorated and waiting for their time to perform.

Here is a video of some children singing a song. I liked this song; the words went like this: “We are the children of Bougainville. We are the leaders of tomorrow. Together we come, united we stand. Respect our rights as we stand.”

The adults performed some items too. I thought it was pretty cool to see a guy playing the guitar behind his head in this photo:

Some ladies singing and dancing.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Don’t leave me behind!

Poor Scampi was heart-broken when we moved to Teop Island. He’s not our dog, but we’re the only people at Hio who give him any love (he’s a bit of a scabby dog, so it’s easy to see why he’s unloved). Often when we were leaving Hio after a short visit, he would try to swim across to Teop Island after us.

One time he tried going through the mangroves to see if he could follow us that way and when he realised that he couldn’t, he howled and howled – we could hear him almost the whole way to the island.

Scampi knew that he didn’t have the stamina to swim all the way across to the island, but the dogs who live on the island have built up their swimming muscles and regularly swim between the island and the mainland with their owners (when they go to their gardens on the mainland).

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Canoe progress

This is what our canoe looked like the last time we saw it. I’ve heard that there’s been more progress on it. Soon the carving will be finished and it will be laid under a house awaiting our return, when they will then attach the outrigger part and it will be ready to use.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Marvellous views

I never get sick of the beautiful views that we have and even though I’ve taken photos of them before, when I see the view I feel the urge to take another photo of it as it is so beautiful!

These photos were all taken at Teop Island, but looking towards the mainland.

Rebekah took this photo early one morning. It looks really different, almost like a cold place with snow!

Rebekah took this amazing sunset photo too.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


The house we stayed in at Teop Island was right next to the sports field, so every afternoon we could see and hear the young men playing soccer. They were practicing for a competition in which they were hoping to win and receive the prize-money.

This is our view of the soccer: