Left Sydney on Sunday morning in the rain, clear skies over the ocean however we caught up with the cloud about forty minutes out of Norfolk Island.
I have no idea what the time is at the moment, I'm still in that timewarp I fell into between Queensland and Sydney on Wednesday afternoon. My computer says it's 7:37, Balibo is on ABC1 and I think it's on NSW time, my phone says it's 10:30 or so, and my watch which is analogue, and which I set and wound before we left Sydney, says 3:55, but I'm not sure whether that's AM or PM, and I suspect it may be incorrect. It's been raining tonight, and it spat today - was overcast when we arrived and our Host told us that they don't do weather very well here. They may predict rain, but it will only be overcast and as the island is so low the clouds won't rise enough for the rain to precipitate.
Norfolk Island has a Leagues Club, it's across the road from us. We had dinner there, quite nice. The Leagues Club people have all gone home now, left about an hour ago - noisy so-and-sos. And if you think you can get away from doof-doof on NI, don't. There's the doof happening here for sure!
In the supermarket food and manufactured goods are expensive, but that's to be expected as everything must be flown or shipped in. Any fresh products which need manufacturing, like butter, margarine and so on arrive on the plane on Sundays. Some other produce comes by sea, from Australia and from NZ and it's usually about six to eight weeks between shipments. All the vegetables are grown locally. If you can find fresh milk it is as dear as poison - the milk is all longlife, like New Caledonia, however in NC there is a dairy industry and the other products like cheeses and yoghurt and so on are plentiful, inexpensive, and delicious.
I don't have access to the net so I won't be able to post this until after I get back to Sydney... so I will continue my journal tomorrow. Oh wait, I may be able to get net access... I have my little pink computer but there's not all the software I usually use on it, so the photos will be enormous!
|Leaving Sydney in the rain...|
|First look at Norfolk Island.|
|Rugged cliffs of Norfolk Island.|
|No criminals on the Island, the police assist a keyless club patron's break into his car - unsuccessfully!|