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Friday, April 14, 2006

mi blong vanuatu

As hoped - I am sane once again! (well, as sane as i get..)

had absolutely the nicest time.. but am quite worn out! dont mind me, but this might be a purely pictorial piece.. with various trickles of stories coming through later as i think of them. i could never be a travel writer :p

This is our little house at Poppy's on the Lagoon. The very nice manager Peter upgraded us to a three bedroom house for the first 5 nights... it was soooo awesome. We were right on the water as you can see. Those canoes were for our use whenever we wanted, including the locally made wooden one. FUN! the water was as warm as a bath though :p

I took these photos at about 6am on the second morning. something about the sun and the heat made me wake early.. and then nap for about 2 hours every afternoon :p sooo lazy. but most places siesta from 11.30-2 and when in rome..

this little boy was hunting fish with a little spear and let me take a photo. everyone is sooo friendly in vanuatu, and i was totally safe walking around town by myself.
here we have the other three playing in the pool. leah, joe and liv. im really not sure what they were doing but i like the pic :p needless to say, we all had ALOT of fun. sun, swimming, cocktails, yummy food... need i go on? i dont want to make any enemies :p
Ok, forget what i said about not making enemies. This is a very smug spider enjoying a pina colada in the pool at iririki island resort :p...And eating an icecream sundae at the patisserie on Liv's birthday ( i couldnt finish it, but made a good effort!) please note the sundress i made myself which matches my bikini perfectly (what, me anal retentive? NEVER!)

And.. the obligatory 'Sock visits paradise' picture taken from the balcony of our second room. we had to go back to a 2-bedroom for the last 2 nights but who's complaining? there was no such thing as a bad deal at this place. just. gorgeous! i finished the pumpkin socks while i was there and promptly started these sirdar town and country socks for me, me, ME! love the yarn ^_^ didnt think to photo pumpkin socks, but will at some point (never resist the urge to show off :p)

Now as you all know, no Spider week is complete without a little drama.. so i shall just quickly run everyone through my last couple of days. Leah hurt her tailbone a little before we left and it was a bit achy most of the time but none of us really thought about it much til the second last day... when she was limping and unable to get comfortable. we were sharing a bed on the last night and neither of us slept alot because she was in so much pain. we managed to make a bit of a fuss at the airport and get her three seats to herself so she could lie down but.. well an hour into the flight i knew it wasnt good. By the time we got to Sydney she was green and totally unable to function - and we were supposed to be driving to canberra that night! i got a bit bossy and raced around the airport for an hour, constantly getting sent somewhere else (usually about 3 flights of stairs away :p) and finally got us both on a flight to canberra that night. it was $250 each but i cried and she waved the booking fee. so i got us onto that flight and tried to distract her for the trip home.. she was just GREEN, i was SO worried about her.

so we get to canberra and her dad takes her to the doctor immediately (at about 10.30pm) and it turns out she has an abscess on her tailbone and its really really serious. She was operated on the next night (last night at about 10pm) under a general anaesthetic and is bed ridden for the next 2-3 weeks.. poor kid. spoke to her today and she sounds worn out but much better. so.. much relief and much drama all at once! im finding it all a little hard to think about Vanuatu because something so big happened immediately after, but im sure my funny stories will emerge in time.

in regards to me, im feeling much better. at peace with myself and my choices. and have managed to put 2 kilos back on :) and its probably muscle because of all the excercise i did in Vanuatu! the POWA! still have a week of holidays, and didnt have to work today and baked hot cross buns for the first time in 2 years ^_^ and they are SCRUMMY! feeling very... honestly, nothing is ever as bad as you think it is. and having a tan might help with the well-being :p

happy easter everyone and thanks for your support :)

knit on ladies ^_^


  • At April 14, 2006 9:59 pm, Blogger Daisy said…

    Oh wow. I'm so jealous, I'd love to go somewhere like that!

  • At April 15, 2006 1:59 am, Blogger mumblingmonkey said…

    Hooray for holidays! You look happy, and wow spidey, that sundress looks HOT! or, more accurately, you look hot in it.

    Also, hooray for feeling better, both you and Leah. I am so glad to hear you both are all right. I've missed you!

    Gorgeous pics. I have never had a holiday like that. It sounds charming.

  • At April 15, 2006 7:17 am, Blogger Taphophile said…

    Welcome home, Spidey - we missed you.

    SOOOOO pleased you had a great time and are feeling more yourself! Especially pleased about the 2 kilos (but in a good way).

    The resolution on this screen is crap (I'm at Gaye's in Sydney) so can't actually see the pictures very well - everything is overlaid with a particuarly vomit inducing yellow - so will save checking them out until I get home on Tuesday.

  • At April 15, 2006 7:26 am, Blogger Stephanie said…

    Oh that looks like a great vacation! What a beautiful place. I am so glad your friend is doing better - how frightening for you both! The bikini, the dress, and you . . . adorable! Glad you are back!

  • At April 15, 2006 8:21 pm, Blogger periodic haziness said…

    mmmmm. hot cross buns... i've gained probably a million kilos out here, eating all this yummy japanese sweets and weird foods. gotta try everything. i think i need to diet soon. off to get drunk with all the foreigners. ;) glad u had fun. salut

  • At April 15, 2006 9:01 pm, Blogger Sometimes Unwilling Guru said…

    So glad you had a great time, and that your friend is okay,she sounds like she had a rough time!

    Can't wait to see the pumpkin socks ,I have not started anything spectacular,just some wool dyeing......

  • At April 17, 2006 8:42 am, Anonymous spoonman said…

    Looks like you had a great vacation. I read over your profile and I hope you do eventually end up teaching's the BEST!

  • At April 18, 2006 8:16 am, Anonymous Boofo the Wonder Horse said…

    hello deary,
    gotta admit that I didn't read it all, but sounds great all the same. How is everyone? all look happy. By the way, email me.

    lub lub always ^_^

  • At April 18, 2006 8:22 am, Anonymous boofo the wonder horse said…

    ahhh just noticed the icecream pic!!! Awesome!!!

  • At April 18, 2006 9:52 pm, Blogger Jejune said…

    Welcome home, spidey - glad it all worked out well in the end, and that you've had a great holiday too. I'm only *slightly* insanely jealous. Must be why I keep knitting green socks... ;)

  • At April 24, 2006 2:34 pm, Blogger Bells said…

    so nice to have met you at SnB yesterday having read your blog on and off for a while. My blog aspires to be as interesting as yours. :-)



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