Thursday, 22 June 2017

Shoes and Socks and Pain to boot


Hello everyone here we are at Thursday, another nice day, dry and warm in the sun but generally cold.

On Tuesday when I went to take Leo his school shoes one she the left one had the sole coming off so I though I cannot send him in this and went and tossed it in the bin the other shoe was anyway I came inside and thought what am I going to do, I rang and checked with his mum that she didn't have another pair of shoes,she didn't. So I didn't know what I was going to do but I then remembered that I had one shoe from the last pair I had kept as he always wears out one shoe faster than the other. I find the other shoe and thankfully it was a left shoe so I sent him to school in odd shoes. Did Leo care that he was wearing odd shoes, nope, he thought it was cool.

So I put on my joggers and took him to school and went to Lake Fair to buy him a new pair of shoes and of course Big W had none in his size so I then had to go to Kmart at Glendale and thankfully they had a pair of shoes suitable for school in his size. I got him the only pair of black shoes in a size 4 they had.

I have been trying to get him new shoes for over a month but they have not had any in his size, the school shoes have to be black, although on Tuesday I was at a point that I would have got any colour shoes in his size.

I also bought him another 6 pairs of socks he has a habit of losing socks he wears them home and they don't come back here. At the start of the year I had bought him 12 pairs of socks and since then I bought him another 10 pairs and now another 6 pairs.

Now after I got home and took my joggers off the achilles tendon of my right leg again was really sore and I am having a lot of pain when walking and I told Tim that I am going to need a better pair of joggers all he said was that I should get inner soles for the shoes, I will but I am not expecting a lot. If he was in this amount of pain he would go and buy good shoes without thinking twice about it.

Last night he said I am only 54 and I am getting around with a cane and like an old woman but it is because of the pain in the ankle that is causing me to have so much trouble. Does he think I like having so much pain and not being able to move without pain.






Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Photo Wednesday

Hi all here is a photo Tim took of some native dances at the markets in Noumea, they are talented and so friendly. These markets are in town on the cruise we took last  year the ship docked right where the markets are held but on this last cruise it was a bigger ship so docked somewhere else and we had to get a bus into town mum stayed on the ship as there was no way she would have managed to get on and off the bus into town

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

About Rabaul

Today I am going to tell you a bit about Rabaul in Papua New Guinea this is a pretty large place the harbour is Simpson Harbour with a lot of history. During the Second World War up to a 100 Japanese ships including battleships, heavy cruisers, destroyers and merchant vessels were anchored in these waters.

It was from this harbour that the famous “Tokyo Express” raced south to re-supply Guadalcanal and other embattled Japanese bases in the Solomon Islands during WW11.

These waters have seen the worst violence man and nature can produce, man during WW11 and nature due to the active volcanoes in the area.

The Rabaul area was originally a German possession, however, in September of 1914 a small Australian force defeated the Germans near Kokopo ending German control of the area. In 1921 the League of Nations granted Australia a mandate to administer New Guinea as a trust territory and Rabaul became the capitol.

On the 23rs January 1942 the Japanese overwhelmed a small Australian garrison and realising the strategic value of the area established their most powerful base in the South-West Pacific at Rabaul. At its peak the fortress of Rabaul included 5 airfields, a seaplane and submarine base plus a huge naval anchorage with support facilities.

The Japanese garrison numbered around 200,000 personal at its peak, as the allied offensive surged towards Rabaul the installations came under relentless attacks and the Japanese decided to move underground, honeycombing the hills around Rabaul with hundreds of kilometres of tunnels these included hospitals, repair facilities and barracks.

Many allied POW's and local inhabitants experienced extreme deprivations while digging these tunnels, you can visit the Japanese barge tunnel at Karavia Bay and the Kokopo War Museum and Bitapaka War Cemetery which I would have loved to have done but Tim didn't like the cost.

The locals are Melanesian people with dark skin and fuzzy hair and are suppose to be very friendly they were so isolated from western influence for so long that the very first wheel ever seen was the propeller of an aircraft.


Everywhere you can hear the locals calling “ha-lo” to you which is “hello” there are no taxis in Rabaul there are a number of street vendors selling souvenirs but they are limited.  

Monday, 19 June 2017

Did you know Monday


Hello Monday, how has everyone been, well and happy I hope, it is a lovely day here in Newie not too cold nor too hot well not hot at all a bit warm in the sun but that's all.

I am home alone this afternoon and tonight as Jessica is finished with Tafe till after the school holidays which means no Leo here at night during the week, we will still have him on Friday night though.

Anyway my weekend was ok it rained pretty much the whole weekend, yesterday at 3.30am I woke with a headache what I call a mini migraine meaning a really bad headache, so bad that I spent most of the morning in bed. I did get up for a couple of hours and had breakfast but felt that bad I went back to bed and slept for three hours, then when I got up I felt fine no headache.

While I was laying down Kathy-Lee and Tim cleaned out the laundry cupboard and it does look a lot better and a lot tidier. Kathy has also moved a lot of stuff out of a kitchen cupboard into the laundry cupboard, not sure how I feel about that yet.

Anyway it is Monday so it is did you know day.............................

So did you know that the longest running animated TV series is The Simpsons you must know that every man and his dog knows that.

How about the fact that the door to 10 Downing Street only opens from the inside, you know the home of the British Prime Minister.


Or that adult humans breathe about 23,000 times a day, do human children breathe more or less I wonder or about the same, if you know tell me because I am clueless.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Five things Friday

Hello Friday, how is everyone this Friday?

I have been up since 4.30am and did an hour 26 minutes of exercise before getting dressed to go shopping also had to go and get Leo from his mum so I could take him to school as per usual.

So here I am doing this weeks five things for Friday

Cold Feet

Headache

Back ache

Warm socks

Slippers


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

About Luganville

Ok today I am telling you about Luganville, this is a small town situated around 50 kilometres south of Champagne Bay on Espiritu Santo's south-eastern coast.

Espiritu Santo is Vanautu’s largest island and is part of the New Hebrides' archipelago, Luganville is the provincial capital of Vanautu as well as its second largest town, it is part of over 300 islands scattered throughout Melanesia.

It has a population of around 14,000, the climate is suppose to be characterised by comfortably mild temperatures all year round with relatively little to no extremes so no snow or stinking hot days.

The inhabitants of Vanautu’s northern islands commonly refer to Luganville as “Santo”, Espiritu Santo's rural inhabitants call Luganville “Kanal” which is derived from the French Segond Canal.

Most of the roads around Luganville have not been tar sealed and in fact most of the island's roads are dirt roads or old cement paths that date back to the Second World War when the Americans laid the cement.

Many people walk around the town due to its small size and most of the town is suppose to be pretty flat thus easy for walking around, I do not know since I didn't get off the ship but Tim did and he found the walk into town easy to do.

During the Second World War the U.S.S. San Juan cruiser sunk two Japanese patrol boats in October 1942 and the surviving Japanese crew became prisoner of war under the command of Luganville juggernauts and were forced to remain in a small jail facility which tourists can still visit.

In 1942 when the Americans arrived in Luganville the found no real structures existed to support the troops, so the Americans erected the BP Wharf as the most monumental wharf of its time. This wharf is still there.

After the war large amounts of American weaponry and gear was dumped into the sea and is still there resting at a depth of 40 meters beneath the surface, there are bulldozers, trucks, forklifts and containers.

Near the sunken S S President Coolidge there is an memorial to an American Army Captain Elwood J Euart who died while rescuing men from the sinking ship, the memorial was constructed at the end of the war a a tribute to his selfless heroism.



Shoes and Socks and Pain to boot

Hello everyone here we are at Thursday, another nice day, dry and warm in the sun but generally cold. On Tuesday when I went to t...