Norfolk Island – Not Much Left to See
Well, we have now seen pretty much everything on the island and we are starting on our second circuit of the sites.
Seeing that the shops were only open in the morning on Saturday, we took some time to buy a few more beers and another bottle of wine for pre-dinner drinks. We found a few more items on the supermarket shelves although they are still unpacking all the pallets that have come off the ship.
Our breakfast was at ‘The Olive’, one of the more impressive cafes in town. I bought a copy of the local weekly paper which described how the government have eased restrictions on self funded retirees moving to here. It also outlined how the government has set up a ‘Road Map’ for integration into the Australian Tax and welfare system. Representatives from the Australian government have been appointed and local people are very fearful of the implications of change.
The local photographer, Robin Nisbet has some fine photography on display and his exhibition in the building above the Norfolk Mall is excellent. He had a couple of photos that gave me an idea for some extra pictures that I had not taken.
Accordingly, we spent a little time pottering around the historical area taking some more photos.
The most exciting event of the day was to watch two RAAF Hercules aircraft, land at the airport, stay for a short time and then depart. That says something about the pace of life here.
We were back in town for a late lunch and then I spent the afternoon copying photos to my computer and editing them. We didn’t want to run out of activities before we leave for home on Monday.
WE had made a reservation at a restaurant four or five kilometres away because they specialised in a variety of cattle that bare only grown on the island. I guess that they had a dozen, or so guests, but would you believe that by 7.00 pm, they had sold out of their specialty dish! WE were back at our resort by 8.30 pm and settled in to another exciting night of watching TV.
Our day on Sunday started with a ½ day tour that came as a complimentary addition tom the dinner that we had on Thursday night in the church hall. We have really seen everything on the island, but it filled in a few hours and we learnt a few new things. The driver / guide was Margaret Christian (wife of one of the descendants of the original Pitcairners. She was a good sales woman as she has signed me up for a morning tour that she is conducting tomorrow to photograph birds.
We had a very salubrious lunch for Mother’s Day at one of the cafes that was open in town. We were attracted by the fact that it was licensed, so lunch consisted of two glasses of white wine and a toasted ham and cheese sandwich. We found three more roads to the south of the airport that e had not yet driven on and after following them all to dead ends, we are convinced that we have now driven on every road on the island (all 178kms of them).
The fishermen have now been able to get out in their boats so we plan to eat at the Bowling Club tonight at the Sunday night fish fry.