We’ve had quite a bit of good news lately.
First of all, our landlord has had a change of heart and it looks as though we are staying put. So, “5th on Left, Watertank Road, West Kola” remains our address for the coming year, with a modest (rather than horrific) rent increase. They’ve also done some repairs around the place, and Louise is very excited at the prospect of the house being re-painted while we are away over Xmas. (It is difficult to imagine a more appauling colour than the one in which the inside of the house is currently painted).
In addition, they (the council) have fixed our road with ‘the’ grader. What was formerly a bone-rattling three minute slog up to the main road is now as smooth as a baby’s etc. We give it about three months before heavy summer rains turn it back into a river and the large canyons begin to re-appear in the middle of it. Then, about another year before they get out ‘the’ grader again.
Also, Louise’s work have agreed (in principal) to a roll-over of some of her leave from this contract into her new contract, and also to granting us reptriation flights at Xmas time, so we can afford to come back for quite a while. The current plan is to come over on the 18th of Dec, and leave again on Jan the 8th. There’s a 4-day break in Port Elliot planned (Dec 29- Jan 1), but apart from that, we are Adelaide-based the whole time. I don’t suppose any of you Adelaideans know of anyone who might require a house-sitter during some or all of that period? We could chuck a bit of rent your way…
The kids are back at school today, and we’re heading over to Savo this weekend to see the dolphins and megapode birds and generally, just to get away from Honiara. Things are chugging along fine.
Hope you are all well,