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TENT CITY UPDATE ... by Mary Christian Bailey

Friday, July 29, 2016


This week marked the three month anniversary of our Tent Embassy.How the time has flown!


Our supporters are as strong and determined as ever, and we continue welcome many tourist visitors each week.


We decided to hold a special celebration for our 3 month birthday on Wednesday evening, and lots of people came along bearing scrumptious dishes of food. This was supplemented by fish and chips cooked by Ernie. We finished the evening with a cake, cooked by Chris and Louise Harkness,  iced with the Norfolk flag design.

 

Mary  (yours truly) was given the honour of cutting the cake, because this week she was celebrating 50 years since she first arrived on Norfolk Island! Louise and Chris had also organised a wonderful certificate (all in fun!) for Mary to mark the occasion. Thank you so much everyone. It is lovely to live in such an inclusive and welcoming community.

 

A special visitor on Wednesday evening was Ben Howard, who came and joined us along with his wife Karen. Now Ben is the grandson of the late Alice and Ed Howard. Ben spent many childhood holidays on Norfolk Island staying with Alice and Ed out at Rainbow’s End. During this visit they are staying at Endeavour Lodge, which is on the old family property. Everyone was really pleased to meet up with Ben, and we all told him how much we admired his grandfather, who did so much for the people of Norfolk Island while he lived here.  Ben reminded us that Ed had died 20 years ago, but I think he was pleased to discover that his grandfather still has such a warm place in our hearts.


The weather was a little trying one night during the week, when the rain blew sideways into our kitchen area, and there were big puddles beneath our boardwalk and part of the dining tent. But it soon cleared away. Generally we are very warm and comfortable....and extremely well fed. Come and check it out for yourself!




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